Luis Vindas: the dominator

Simply put: He was the best of the best. Inspired and sure, Jaco’s Luis Vindas won his second date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 when he dominated the finals at the Copa Quiksilver yesterday with a score of 15.90 in the waves of Santa Teresa before 1,000 people in the best waves of the tournament’s season.

After winning the Esterillos date of the Circuito in January, and now this one, Vindas has two dates under his belt and the 22 year old is favored to win the national surf championship title. He found himself in this great position after battling a final in waves of 3.5 meters with Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos (15.50), Anthony Fillingim of Malpais (10.86), and Matias Braun of Montezuma (9.43). In the end, the main threat was the defending champion of the national title, 16 year old Muñoz, who fought to the last minutes of the heat, with a great wave of 8.50, a long left with all kinds of maneuvers including a superman at the end of the route.

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Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series: built to last

The Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS), the only pro surfing tour that exists on the east coast of the United States, is run by Michael Bloom who is an Association of Surfing (ASP) certified judge and a professional photographer.

For the first time in the tour’s existence it will venture beyond its native shores of the US and run an event in Trinidad and Tobago in partnership with Surfing T&T. In order to make the event attractive to international pro surfers, Bloom teamed up with Épicé Sunscreen of the US to secure the largest Prize Purse ever for an International Surf Contest in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Thurso East: thick and black waters

The O'Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Scotland will kick-off this Tuesday, April 13, in Thurso on Scotland's northern coast for its fifth consecutive edition. Known as the coldest surf contest on tour and attended by the world's best searching for extreme conditions and world class waves, the O'Neill CWC Scotland is the first event of this year's ASP European Star Series offering crucial ratings' points and a coveted US$ 145,000 prizepurse.

Having witnessed exceptional surf and fantastic battles over the years, the ASP 6-Star rated competition will once again see the gathering of some of the world's best surfing athletes, including former ASP World Champion Sunny Garcia (Oahu, HAW) and past event winners Adam Robertson (Victoria, AUS) and Russell Winter (Cornwall, GBR).

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