Tynemouth

The next leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour is set to hit the road for the weekend of the 24th 25th October. The event to be held at Longsands Beach, Tynemouth. This will be the fourth leg of seven UK Pro Surf Tour events for 2009.

Supported by North Tyneside Council, It will be part of Extreme 09, one of the biggest Extreme Sports Festivals in Europe. Other activities taking place include: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Live Music plus much more. Which draw thousands of spectators to flock to the beach.

Entries into the event have never been as strong. They Include: former World Champion Tour surfer Russell Winter. Current UK Pro Tour Leader Alan Stokes and Aerial specialist Reubyn Ash. The local challenge will be led by Sri Lankan Champion of Champions winner, now based In Newcastle, South African born Richard Sills.
 
Dave Reed, Director UK Pro Surf Tour further explains: “This is a great event for the UK Pro Surf Tour and British Surfing. We have seen fantastic waves at this venue in the past and incredible support from the local community. It probably draws the biggest crowds of any venue on the tour.

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Mick Fanning

After six, consecutive lay days, the Billabong Pro Mundaka sprang back to life this morning, running the remaining eight Round 1 heats at the backup venue of Sopelana before completing the whole of Round 2 at the primary site of Mundaka.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka had no shortage of action today, opting to run the dual-heat format for Round 2, resulting in some incendiary performances and major shakeups on the ASP World Tour ratings.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, former ASP World Champion (2007), has usurped former frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in the race for the 2009 ASP World Title. Surfing in overlapping heats, Parkinson was eliminated with an Equal 17th place finish (his third consecutive) before Fanning took down David Weare (ZAF), 29, to advance through to the third round. The advancement moves Fanning 44 points ahead of Parkinson on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I’m not thinking about it (ASP World Title) at all,” Fanning said. “It’s just one heat. If you want to win the World Title, you have to win heats and that’s all I’m working on. I’ve got a long way to go. It’s unfortunate for Joel (Parkinson) that he got another bad result, but he’s still right there and it’s going to come down to the wire.”

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Ben Dunn

The Billabong Pro Mundaka is back ON in two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at the backup site of Sopelana.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka will open up this morning with Heat 9 of Round 1, continuing with the elimination man-on-man format utilized on Day 1 of competition.

“The swell has increased since yesterday and we’ll be getting underway at 9:15am with Heat p of Round 1,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Mundaka Contest Director, said. “We’ll be monitoring conditions throughout the day, but plan on running as many heats as possible.”

Up first this morning is ASP Dream Tour veteran Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, up against event wildcard Dean Bowen (AUS) in Heat 9 of Round 1.

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