Australian surfer girls in Cronulla, back in 1962 

The Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic will take place at North Cronulla Beach over the October long weekend. The female only event will feature five divisions including; Open Women's Surfboard, U/16 Girls Surfboard, U/14 Girls Surfboard, Open Longboard and Open Bodyboard with a unique contest format that will encourage activation and participation.

Women's surfing dates back to pre 1962 in Cronulla at which point the Kurranulla Wahines, an all girls club was formed.

The beaches at Cronulla have been recognised within the National Surfing Reserve Scheme for their wave quality and cultural significance in the development of Australia's surfing culture. This event will begin another chapter in the proud surfing heritage of the area, particularly due to the unique way it will encourage and develop women's surfing and model positive active lifestyles.

In addition to the fun and excitement of the surfing action a Surfing Australia Judging and Officiating Course will be held to further enhance the calibre of accredited female judges within the Sydney area.

This initiative is part of the development and mentoring strategy embedded into the event structure which also includes a sportswomen's dinner, to be held at Rydges Cronulla Beach, where high profile female athletes will be on hand to encourage the competitors.

People enjoying the sunshine and surfing action at the Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic are also reminded to take care of their skin.

“To make the most out of surfing without getting burnt, keep your skin protected as the weather heats up," said Marion Carroll, Regional Program Coordinator Cancer Council NSW.

"There’s more to being “sunsmart” than just sunscreen – remember to also wear a rashie, hat and sunnies when you can, and take a break in the shade between sessions,” she said.

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Kelly Slater 

The Hurley Pro Trestles, Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, saw the completion of Round 3 today as the world’s best surfers ran rampant over the improved conditions, exhibiting some of the most dynamic surfing of the season as well shaking up the ASP World Title race.

Rob Machado (USA), 36, former ASP World No. 2 and wildcard in the Hurley Pro Trestles, caused the upset of the event, eliminating current ASP frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, from competition. In a somewhat wave-starved affair, Machado tactfully asserted his dominance at the break, scoring two average waves in the opening exchanges and holding on to hand the Australian his worst result of the season.

“The last thing I thought was that I would beat Parko (Joel Parkinson) with a couple of five point scores,” Machado said. “I thought those would be warm-up waves and that we would get a set and were going to post some scores and it just never happened. I’m obviously stoked. Parko is always one of the guys that I’m looking at, he’s one of my favorite surfers to watch and he’s obviously on a roll this year and ing it.”

Speculation abounds over the physical condition of Parkinson, who suffered an ankle injury while training in Bali in August, but the Australian has exhibited on-point surfing throughout the event, only falling to lack of waves in California. Regardless of the reason, Parkinson’s equal 17th today remains an uncharacteristic stumble in an otherwise flawless season, and opens the 2009 ASP World Title race up a bit more.

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Josh Kerr

The Hurley Pro Trestles re-ignited today with the elimination rounds of competition running in pulsing three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Lower Trestles.

Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles awoke to cleaner conditions today, but inconsistency would create a minefield of challenges for the world’s best surfers. Despite the difficulties, the ASP Top 45 put on an incredible show, posting some of the highest scores of the event.

Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, current ASP World No. 25, stunned spectators today with his diverse repertoire of progressive surfing, blending rotation aerials with power hacks to net the highest heat total of the day, a 17.17 out of a possible 20, to defeat an in-form Dayyan Neve (AUS), 31, in Round 2 of competition.

“I’d been here the last couple of hours and in the heat before I saw that there were a few nice rights shaping up,” Kerr said. “There seemed to be a few in our heat. Dayyan (Neve) got a couple as well. That one wave wasn’t the biggest wave, but it looked like it was going to connect down the line and that’s exactly what it did. I raced down the line and popped a little air, came around, up and down, and it stayed wally for me and I gave it a little bang off of the end.”

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