Stuart Kennedy: nice move, mate!

Stuart Kennedy (AUS/Lennox Head/NSW) won the biggest event of his emerging career in Tasmania today taking out the prestigious Association of Surfing Professionals 6-Star Rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic.

Twenty-year-old Kennedy is on his first serious year as an ASP World Qualifying Series competitor and the former Australasian Pro Junior Champion of 2008 could not have dreamed of such a win so early in his season.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to win an event like this in waves that have been so good – it won’t sink in for some time but I feel amazing right now” said Kennedy.

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Chris Davidson: that is style surfing

In a massive contrast, Tasmania’s wild west coast changed from yesterdays stormy freezing onshore coastline to an idyllic offshore and even cold sunny day with great waves as the quarter finalists were decided at the Association of Surfing Professionals 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic.

The biggest upset of the day was the defeat of defending event champion Jordy Smith (Sth Africa) who impressed all by easily winning his early heat but then went down to Marco Giorgi (Uruguay) in his round of 26 heat.

Giorgi joins internationals Roydon Brysen (Sth Africa), Wigolly Dantas (Brazil) , Richard Christie (NZ) and Maxime Huscenot (France) through to the quarter finals.

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Nic Jones: nice posing

Itwas ‘Super Saturday’ at the 2010 edition of the Hyundai Malfunction Surf Festival today, with sensational semi-final action at Kingscliff.

In easing 3ft peeling conditions, a mix of old, young, male and female competitors went head-to-head across several divisions in the race for all-important finals berths.

All up, 22 heats were completed on the penultimate day of competition.

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