Coastwatch Surf For Life

Despite small waves and temperatures that were pushing 40 degrees, a mix of WA celebrities, sporting identities, pro-surfers and local junior grommets converged on Trigg beach for the second event of the Coastalwatch Surf for Life Series. The fun, exhibition-style surf event was run to raise vital funds and awareness for the Starlight Children’s Foundation which delivers programs across the country to lift the spirits of ill children when they need it most.

With clean one foot waves were on offer at Trigg, plus a strong beach crowd soaking up the action, it was the team of Ry Craike (Kalbarri) and Chad Fletcher (Subiaco) that took the honours in a day filled with laughter, fun and excitement. Arguably one of the world’s hottest free surfing talents, Craike didn’t hold back throwing his trademark fin whafts and futuristic surfing to the amazement of the packed beach. 2006 West Coast Eagles premiership player Chad Fletcher traded his boots for a board and looked as comfortable in the water as he does running the wings of Subiaco Oval.

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Connor O'Leary'

Sun, surf, sand and not to mention the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage was pumping at North Cronulla today as local Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) snuck home against fellow Cronulla surfer Rory Jenkins by just over one point.

Early on throughout the contest spectators were treated to some outstanding surfing performances by local ace Rory Jenkins (Cronulla, NSW) and Crescent Head’s (NSW) Ellie-Jean Coffey who both headed the race to maintain dominant lead positions on the Teenage Rampage leader board in their respective divisions.

But it was Jenkins’ mate O’Leary who produced what was needed to capture the blue ribbon division with an impressive display of the stylish surfing he has become known for.

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Mick Fanning does it again

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has been crowned the 2009 ASP World Champion, following a stunning performance at the Banzai Pipeline today.

Heading into the final stop of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, Fanning held the ASP ratings’ lead over fellow Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, and with Parkinson’s Round 3 exit in today’s Billabong Pipe Masters at the hands of wildcard Gavin Gillette (HAW), 23, Fanning secured his second ASP World Title.

“I’m just a bit overwhelmed right now and I don’t quite know what to say,” Fanning said. “It was hard out there. I was trying to get ready for my heat and then Gavin (Gillette) got that one score as I was paddling out and, I don’t know, I just sort of slowed down.”

For the first time since 2003, the ASP World Title came down to the final event of the season at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

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