Cristian Merello: he controls Punta de Lobos

Big wave surfers are getting ready for the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta De Lobos 2011, in Chile. The contest opens the 2011/2012 Big Wave World Tour season.

Local surfer Cristian Merello will be defending his title against the biggest wave chargers in the world, including former champion Jamie Sterling.

The trials for the Quiksilver Cerimonial Punta de Lobos 2011 were run last Saturday, March 26th. The extreme conditions – 20 knots of South wind, strong current and 18 foot waves – were ideal to select the three surfers that will get an invitation to the Ceremonial.

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Kelly Slater: good to be back to Margaret River

Kelly Slater returned to South West Australia in winning form for the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, at Margaret River.

The highly anticipated comeback is historic. The last time Slater competed here was in 1993, when he only had one world surfing title.

This time, Slater did just enough to finish in first place ahead of relative unknown qualifiers Billy Stairmand, from New Zealand, Gony Zubizarreta, Spain, and Brazilian David do Carmo, to advance to the Round of 48.

But, the US star was in trouble and almost got eliminated, as he placed third for the majority of the heat. In the final minutes, Kelly locked in his highest scoring wave of the heat, showing that trademark style and freaky repertoire that marks him as one of the world’s undisputed sporting greats.

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Garrett Parkes: inaugural pro junior winner

Garrett Parkes clinched the TNS Rangiroa Pro Junior, in French Polynesia. The 17-year-old surfer from Australia defeated Dean Bowen, former world junior champion, by 14.00 points to 11.64.

"I’m over the moon, it’s the biggest weight of my back," Parkes said after his victory. "I’ve been trying to win one of these for years and I was getting worried as there’s only a few events left and I wanted to win one before my junior career is over."

Parkes was focused and really wanted to leave French Polynesia with a tremendous win. Several front side re-entries in the critical sections confirmed his superiority over Bowen.

"My strategy was just to go out there and get a couple early and then just ‘build a house’ and try and keep bettering my scores." Parkes’s innovative top-to-bottom surfing and critical floater maneuver earned him a 7.25 to seal his inaugural pro junior victory.

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