Jodie Nelson: 39.8 miles to glory

On Sunday, March 28, 2010, surfer Jodie Nelson will embark upon a historic mission – to become the first woman to paddle the grueling 39.8 miles from Avalon on the island of Catalina to Dana Point, California. The solo mission, which has only been completed by a handful of men, will be the first attempt by a woman, and is all in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness benefiting Keep A Breast and Boarding For Breast Cancer. With a goal of raising $50,000, pledges can be made at firstgiving.com/paddlewithpurpose.

Nelson, co-founder of The SUP Spot not to mention an accomplished surfer, commentator and highly respected ambassador of the sport, will tackle the feat, coined “Paddle With Purpose” on a Stand Up Paddleboard during Ocean Ohana’s annual Catalina Challenge. The event typically sees teams of two-four members race on Single and Double Outriggers or Surfskis, as well as Stand Up Surfboards and Paddleboards. In addition to the punishing distance, the past few years have also produced challenging conditions for the competitors.

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Paul Burt: hang loose time

Many Queenslanders tune in daily to watch Paul Burt deliver his weather report on Chanel Nine, However, Burt drew an audience to watch him hit the waves at Rainbow Bay (Queensland, Australia) as part of the Coastalwatch Surf For Life series – A charitable surfing event supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Surfing alongside the likes of Olympic gold medallist Ken Wallace, iron-man Ky Hurst, Chanel 7’s Liz Cantor and a host of local celebrities and surfers, Burt took out the event in style which was held in conjunction with the 2010 Quiksilver Pro.

Split up into teams and helping the celebrities in the waves was some of Queensland’s top surfers including Dale Richards (Queensland, Australia), Shaun Gossmann (Queensland, Australia), Jack Freestone (Queensland, Australia), Mitch Parkinson (Queensland, Australia) and Jay Phillips (Queensland, Australia) who scored a perfect 10-point ride.

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Joel Parkinson: he sees light at the end of the tunnel

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning, resulting in a tsunami warning for the East Coast of Australia effective today.

Event organizers, coordinating with the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, were forced to call both the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover and the Roxy Pro Gold Coast events for the day, with the potential tsunami projected to hit at 8:15am.

“We’ve been monitoring the situation with chief meteorologists throughout the night and all projections are indicating the effects to hit the Gold Coast at approximately 8:15am,” Rod Brooks, Quiksilver Pro Contest Director, said. “What those effects will be, we cannot be sure. We’ve been advised that the biggest surge could hit anywhere from six to 12 hours after the initial surge, so we’ve called competition off for the day. The event site is closed for the day, and we’ll check back tomorrow at 6:30am.”

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