Dion Atkinson: winner of a strange final

Dion Atkinson has conquered the Burton Toyota Pro, after defeating Tom Whitaker in a controversial final that was marred by an interference call against Whitaker, in the opening minutes.

“I simply didn’t see Dion there, I should have looked harder but the wave was a good one and I was too focused on getting the wave and didn’t realize he was there – it was that simple – I should have looked a lot harder” said Whitaker after the final.

Despite the interference, it was a worthy maiden ASP win for 24-year-old Atkinson who prior to today's final had placed 2nd in three ASP World Tour events. “So happy to finally win an event” said Atkinson whose year is off to a flying start following a second placing in Brazil last month.

“I couldn’t believe the early interference, it was a major error by Tom and after he interfered I realized I was in a great position to win but I had to focus, calm myself down and do the job and win the final – it was nerve wracking for a while!”

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Coco Ho: nice turn, girl

Coco Ho has won the Legendary Pacific Coast Pro, held in excellent 1.5m (4 to 5 feet) surf at Merewether Beach.

The 19 year-old Hawaiian took control in the final early when she opened with a strong scoring 7.33 ride which was the finals top scoring and decisive winning ride. Final scores for their top two scoring rides saw Coco Ho on 11.83 to Courtney Conlogue on 10.00.

“Fantastic to win here and the waves have been awesome for the girls– a six star event is really important to all of us and it feels like we’ve been treated to the best conditions all week” said Ho after her win.

“I focused on trying to select a good wave early – the waves shift about out there and you need to be selective – the strategy worked as my first wave was easily my best and I think that won the final for me”.

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Freddy P: watch out for aerial moves

Pro surfer Fredrick Patacchia, 29, suffered an injury to his left knee during a free surf with friends, in North Shore.

Freddy P had just returned from the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and is concerned that he may be sidelined for the upcoming Drug Aware Pro, in Western Australia, and for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Doctors will evaluating Patacchia in the next days to report the official diagnosis of the injury.

"I was feeling good," said Patacchia, who finished the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast with an equal 13th result. "We were surfing with only four other dudes in the water and my board was feeling good under my feet."

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