Mundaka

A lay day has been called for the Billabong Pro Mundaka, with only small one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) waves and high tide conditions on offer this morning.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka commenced competition yesterday at the primary venue, running the first eight heats of the man-on-man elimination Round 1.

“The surf we enjoyed yesterday has dropped substantially since then and we’ve called competition off for the day,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Mundaka Contest Director, said. “We’re tracking some models for the end of the week that look promising, but we’ll be back tomorrow to make another call.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 9am to assess conditions for a possible recommencement. 

When competition resumes, up first will be 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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France at Eurosurf 2009

France has conquered the Eurosurf 2009 at St Ouen's Bay, Jersey,

The French surfers took the overall team results, having won the Open (Vincent Duvignac) and Ladies (Alize Amaud) events.

Lucas Garcia (SPAIN) and Dani Garcia (SPAIN) conquered the Senior and Masters finals.

In the bodyboarding competition, Portugal took both titles, as Manuel Centeno and Catarina Sousa gave no chance.

Ben Skinner (CHI) took the Longboard title.

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Mustofa Jeksen

20 year old Mustofa Jeksen used his small waves skills and finely honed contest experience to win the coveted wildcard spot in today’s trial event for the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Final that is set to start tomorrow morning at Keramas Beach in Gianyar.

In arguably the most testing conditions of the day, Jeksen bested Made Darmayasa in the 20 minute final by holding on to his priority then waiting for the best of the meager selection of waves that pushed through, then snapping off as many aggressive turns as possible, jumping into the lead and then protecting it until the horn blew.

Made Darmayasa had been surfing extremely well all morning, leading MC Tai “Buddha” Graham to speculate early on that Darmyasa could very well win the wildcard spot, but his lack of contest experience and the priority system in a man-on-man final appeared to be his downfall, but he certainly put up a good showing for himself.

“I’m so happy to have won the wild card spot today, so I can have a chance to surf against the other guys tomorrow.  It was tough out there but I wanted it so bad, I just went for it every chance I had.  I’m so grateful for this chance, thanks Oakley!”

Jeksen will now join Oakley Indonesia Team rider Dewa Ardika as the two Indonesian wild cards that will compete against 16 of the world's best pro junior surfers from around the world for the whopping $20,000 USD first place prize on offer.  Just for getting into the event brings them a paycheck of $2,000 USD.

They will be up against names like Clay Marzo, Grainger Larson, Nat Young, last year’s runner up Marc Lacomare, Kai Barger, Shaun Joubert, and Wiggolly Dantes competing for the big cash in the event that will be running during the waiting period of 7-17 October at Keramas Beach in the Gianyar Regency of Bali.

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