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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Ricochet and friend: living the dog surfing dream

Ricochet, (”Rip Curl Ricki,”) the Surfin’ for Paws-abilities SURFice dog, who raised almost $20,000 for charitable causes in the last six months, and more notably has been inspiring millions of people with her YouTube video, will be accepting a Dogswell "Wag" award on February 18th at the LeDeux Hotel in Hollywood, California. One of the prizes is a years supply of Dogswell dog food that Ricochet is donating to the AniMeals program at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

It's that time of year when celebrities hit the red carpet at the Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG Awards, so Dogswell, a natural pet food company is celebrating California's top dogs with "Wag" awards. The charity event will honor five top dogs who are heroic, funny, talented, and inspirational with a big night on the red carpet. Ricochet won the award for "most charitable story".

The event will be held at Les Deux in Hollywood, 1638 N. Las Palmas Av. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dogswell.com/RSVP, and includes complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and awards presentation.

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