Benoit Clemente: local star

Under a thick blanket of fog and mist, the second day of competition at the Billabong ISA World Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen went down in fine fashion at Punta Hermosa breaks in Peru today. After a stellar start in the long, playful lefts of Day One, the sun strained this morning to reveal a macking swell that tested the international contingency with well-overhead conditions. Less than half a mile down the beach at Pico Alto the wave faces were pushing 40 feet.

Belted all day by a powerful southwest swell today, the competition at Hermosa’s two breaks (Señoritas and Caballeros) was fierce.

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Tiago Pires: national hero

The Quiksilver Pro Portugal an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned Men’s Star Series event saw Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Josh Kerr (AUS) go tit-for-tat during an intense morning session of competition which saw the pair of top seeds share today’s honours.

Light off-shore winds and 2-3ft (1m) lines pulsed at the main event site of Ribeira D’Ilhas allowing for some excellent high performance surfing. The high tide forced a halt to Round Three of competition with the final three heats to be run when competition resumes tomorrow.

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Wave pools: Owen enjoyed Malaysia

Wave pools are one of the biggest potential markets in the surf industry. Who's telling you that? Well, a man called Kelly Slater. In a very interesting debate he had with Surfing Magazine, the 9-time world champion believes wave pools are the future of time saving.

Slater showed a two-week trip to the Mentawais, as an example.

"Any one hour you’re in the water, you’re probably going to catch six or seven waves an hour. So for any hour in the water you’ll surf for a minute, meaning five minutes of surfing a day, or 50 minutes of surfing. In two weeks. if you could go an hour from your house and get five minutes of good wave-riding any day you wanted, who wouldn’t do that?", he stated.

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