Evan Geisalman: Florida is proud of his surfer boy

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series season opener saw local Floridian Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 16, clinch the ASP Grade-3 Ron Jon SI Pro presented by Skullcandy while young Hawaiian talent Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 16, won the ASP Grade-2 Skullcandy Junior Pro in one-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Florida’s iconic break of Sebastian Inlet.

With qualification for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour (WJT) on the line via this year’s regional series, the early season ratings’ lead picked up by Geiselman and Manuel could prove vital in their chance to battle the globe’s best for the title of ASP World Junior Champion.

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Glen Hall: a surfer with an Irish passport

Twenty-eight-year old Glenn "Micro' Hall racked up his first win on the world surfing tour today when he defeated South African Brandon Jackson to claim the ASP 4-star Burton Toyota Pro at Merewether Beach.

The Umina (New South Wales) surfer, who competes under an Irish passport for ease of competing in European surfing competitions, contested his first ever world tour event at Newle 14 years ago when he was just a grommet with a dream.

"I won $300 here when I was14 and convinced Mum to let me use it to enter the QS the next week.

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Kelly Slater: new school, old teachers

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty-Rated Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung was off to a flying start today with world class surfers Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Owen Wright and Jordy Smith hitting Bondi's famous waves this morning.

The surfers provided a taste of the aerial action to come over the three-day event, the first international surf competition Bondi has seen in more than 20 years. Champion boxer Danny Green joined Kelly and others at the launch as he prepares to take them on in Saturday's celebrity surfing challenge.

Today's junior trials saw 32 young surfers competing in four-person heats for a chance to win wildcard entry into Sunday's final.

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