Sam Wrench

Sam Wrench today won the prestigious Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge 2009 final in excellent surf to 5 feet at Keramas River-mouth in Bali defeating French surfer Marc Lacomare.

This win netted Wrench $US20 000, the biggest prize purse in World Professional Pro Junior surfing!

The 19 year-old from Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW was overjoyed with the win, defeating an elite field of 18 of the world’s best 20 year and under Pro Junior surfers.

“It’s the first and obviously the biggest win of my professional career and it couldn’t have come at a better time” said Wrench after the win.

“I lost my major sponsor at the start of the season and competing has been hard but this win helps in a big way and hopefully proves that I’m well worth sponsoring – the field here was so strong and we have surfed perfect waves all week and it’s amazing to win an event like this – it’s one of the best events in the world for any pro junior surfer.”

Wrench trailed for most of the final after Lacomare opened with a very strong 7 point ride.

It was during the final 10 minutes of the final when Wrench found two clean deep rides and used his proven strategy of scoring long barrel rides that he took the lead and eventually the win.

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"Maverick's: Everest of the Seas"

Two of Northern California's most famous institutions –- big wave surfing and the wine country -– will merge this month at a unique event in Sonoma County.  The Longboard Vineyards Tasting Room in Healdsburg will reveal its latest surfing-themed wine while hosting the acclaimed photography exhibition "Maverick's: Everest of the Seas," featuring the award-winning images of some of action sports' best lensmen.  The festivities take place during the weekend of October 23-25, 2009.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Friday evening reception featuring the introduction of a new red wine honoring one of California's true big wave legends.  Oded Shakked, a longtime surfer who founded Longboard Vineyards, will be unveiling his latest release, The Peter Mel/Mavericks Cabernet Sauvignon. This signature wine will be blended by not only Shakked but guest vintner, Peter Mel.

Mel, one of the most respected names in big wave surfing, is known as perhaps the most skillful surfer ever to ride Maverick's, the famed spot off the Half Moon Bay. In October of 1998 Mel was towed into what is now considered one of the biggest waves ever ridden.   Mel will make a personal appearance at the Friday night reception along with the featured photographers, surfboard shapers, wine makers and a wide range of Maverick's elite. The reception will begin at 5 P.M. and run until roughly 9 P.M.

Longboard Vineyard has always had a soft spot for surfers. It has gained a reputation a place where you can hang out at a redwood-surfboard bar, or sample one of its award winning wines while kicking back on a comfortable sofa watching surf movies. For this harvest weekend event Shakked has enlisted “Mavericks: Everest of the Seas,” the heralded collection of Mavericks surf photography from Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Seth Migdail and Ed Grant.

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Mick Fanning

With the completion of the Billabong Pro Mundaka yesterday, won by Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, the 2009 ASP World Title race has heated up to a boiling point heading into the last two events on the ASP World Tour: the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal and the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, has run the scenarios of what it would take for current ASP World No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, to clinch the 2009 ASP World Title at the upcoming event in Portugal:

“At this stage, mathematically, there are 10 surfers in contention for the 2009 ASP World Title, from current ASP World Tour ratings’ leader Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, to current ASP World #10 Damien Hobgood (USA), 30.

For the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal these are the scenarios most likely to happen:

If Mick Fanning were to win the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal:

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, would need a 9th or better and Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, would need a 3rd or better to prevent him from clinching the 2009 ASP World Title in Portugal.

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