Glen Hall: a surfer with an Irish passport

Twenty-eight-year old Glenn "Micro' Hall racked up his first win on the world surfing tour today when he defeated South African Brandon Jackson to claim the ASP 4-star Burton Toyota Pro at Merewether Beach.

The Umina (New South Wales) surfer, who competes under an Irish passport for ease of competing in European surfing competitions, contested his first ever world tour event at Newle 14 years ago when he was just a grommet with a dream.

"I won $300 here when I was14 and convinced Mum to let me use it to enter the QS the next week.


Kelly Slater: new school, old teachers

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty-Rated Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung was off to a flying start today with world class surfers Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Owen Wright and Jordy Smith hitting Bondi's famous waves this morning.

The surfers provided a taste of the aerial action to come over the three-day event, the first international surf competition Bondi has seen in more than 20 years. Champion boxer Danny Green joined Kelly and others at the launch as he prepares to take them on in Saturday's celebrity surfing challenge.

Today's junior trials saw 32 young surfers competing in four-person heats for a chance to win wildcard entry into Sunday's final.


Jill Noble: time for going up

Mark 'Scratch' Cameron and Jill Noble are the new Scottish Surfing champions.

The national competition was held in the famous wave located at Thurso-East.

Surfers battled in five divisions and the winners will represent Scotland in the ASP's O'Neill Cold Water Classic and qualify for a place in the Scottish National Surfing Team.