Doug Warbrick: huge contribution to the sport awards him a place in the Australia's Surfing Hall of Fame'

Doug Warbrick’s huge contribution to Australian surfing has finally been acknowledged with his elevation to the sport’s Hall of Fame at the Australian Surfing Awards on the southern end of the Gold Coast last night.

Surf businessman Warbrick became the 32nd member respectively of the Hall of Fame which began with the initial induction of Snow McAllister (Deceased) and 4 x World Champion Mark Richards in 1985.

Last night's awards at the Coolangatta Hotel was organised by Surfing Australia and featured a who’s who of the Australian surfing community.

Learning to surf in the 1950’s at Currumbin and Maroochydore, Warbrick founded Rip Curl in 1967 with Brian Singer.

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Boscombe Surf Reef: a competition will test the quality of the new artificial wave | Photo: Simon Browne | TheSurfReef.co.uk

Sorted Surf Shop is pleased to announce the first Surf Contest at the newly completed artificial surf reef at Boscombe, Bournemouth. Sorted will be joining forces with many of the surf industries giants to bring a surf contest and festival to the beach at Boscombe.

March 20th and 21st are two days to keep in your diary! The weekend will consist of Surfing and Bodyboarding competitions and there will be activities and demonstration stands with equipment for all to try.

The contest categories will consist of a Mens Open, Mens 35+, Ladies Open, and Juniors (under 18´s). The contest will also host the first leg of the British Bodyboarding Annual Championships. Bodyboard heats to be contested on the Reef all other categories will be held at the Pier / Beach.

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Mark Occhilupo: a surfing legend never gives up

Surfing legend and 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo (AUS) headlined day-three of the Association Of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star, Breaka Burleigh Pro today, as the “Raging Bull” blasted his way into the round-of-96 along with Luke Dorrington (Coolangatta, QLD, Australia) in the standout heat of the day.

Dorrington edged out Occhilupo with an amazing tube-riding display in pumping 1.5m (3 to 5 feet) Burleigh Barrels, registering a combined two-wave total of 16.00 (out of a possible 20), with Occhilupo advancing to the next round in second position with an impressive 12.16.

Although Occhilupo finished second this morning, the result sees him move into a blockbuster showdown with old rival Nicky Wood (AUS), who’s much publicised return will now garner even more attention as the pair get set to go head-to-head in one of the first heats of tomorrow morning.

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