Brad Ettinger: the bottom turner

Hawaii’s Sunny Garcia provided most of the spectator excitement on the opening day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six-star Prime rated Drug Aware Pro presented by Rusty at Margaret River today.

The 2000 ASP world champion was called an interference mid-way through his opening round heat following a wave altercation with Canary Island surfer Jonathon Gonzales.

The interference call resulted in Garcia being penalised with a deduction of half of his points on his second scoring ride and saw him slip from 2nd to 4th mid-way through the heat.

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Playa de Tamarindo: sailores, bikers and surfers

In a weekend that started with tough conditions, but ended with offshore wind waves of nice size, Montezuma’s Mattías Braun adds a second victory in the Circuito Nacional de Surf, and the first in the DayStar 2009-10. This came after a final characterized by a give and take of positioning between the best surfers in the heat.

Joining Braun in the final were Tamarindo’s own Federico Pilurzu and Isaac Vega, as well as Jaco’s Jason Torres, all noted leaders in the country’s surf scene. In the heat, they also at one time or another had the lead, but an inspired backside from Braun showed his dominance. He also invested greater energy, with long routes, and manuevers characterized by forcé, and it was this investment that resulted in the highest combination of the event with a 13,84 against 12.33 of Torres, 11.64 of Vega and 11.10 for Pilurzu.

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Owen Wright: 'I am over the moon'

Australian young gun Owen Wright is flying high after winning the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung at Bondi Beach today.

The 20-year old from Lennox Head, NSW, competed against some of the biggest names in surfing, including Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, during the three-day aerial surfing extravaganza. Owen takes home $25,000 in prize money, along with a stack of other prizes.

When receiving his trophy on the SurfSho podium, Wright said: “I’m ecstatic! Where’s the thesaurus to describe how I feel? It was a great final, great atmosphere, and a great crowd. I’m buzzing! It’s been a big three days. I’m stoked to be at Bondi and walking away with the Boost Mobile SurfSho trophy and this cheque!”

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