Praia da Nazaré

The Maresia Nazaré Surf Pro will be held between 5-7 December, in Vila da Nazaré, Portugal.

Praia do Sul, Praia da Vila and Praia do Norte are the selected beaches for the decisive event that will crown the Portuguese Surfing champions.

There are 10 surfers still capable of clinching the title but Alexandre Ferreira (Estoril) and João Guedes (Porto) are better positioned to conquer the trophy.

This is a 6-star Prime stage, so the winner will take 3000 points.

In the ladies competition, Joana Rocha (Ericeira), Francisca Pereira dos Santos (Caparica) and Carina Duarte (Ericeira) are the challengers of the 2009 Portuguese Women's Surfing title.

There is a huge swell expected for the competition period.

Nathan Yeomans

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North American season has come to an end and Californians Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, and Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 17, claimed the premier ASP North America Men’s and Women’s titles with their stellar performances over some of the world’s top ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfers this year.

Also standing atop the regional podium for 2009 are Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 18, and Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 16, taking out titles of Men’s and Women’s ASP North America Pro Junior Champions. In addition to the Pro Junior crowns, Hawaiian Kai Sallas (Oahu, HI) and Cori Schumacher (Cardiff, CA), 32, claimed the top regional titles via the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).

Yeomans, who is currently competing in the Vans Triple Crown in Hawaii, is sitting in the No. 7 position overall on the ASP WQS and his stellar regional performance saw him take out the title of Men’s ASP North America Champion. Yeomans sealed the deal on his No. 1 North America finish with a massive win at the ASP 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz in early November, propelling him into a solid position amongst the international competition on the ASP WQS. The crucial victory significantly helped his chances at a spot amongst the elite 45 that make up the ASP Dream Tour for 2010.

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Mick Fanning

World title campaigner Mick Fanning (Australia) clocked in at the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing today, hitting the water at Sunset Beach for his debut heat of the 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. He looked sharp, highly motivated and ready to get to work as he advanced behind Sunset Beach's favorite son, Pancho Sullivan. Even though this event has no bearing on his world title campaign, it's a critical warm-up to next week's ultimate, season-ending battle at Pipeline.

Fanning's entrance came during the last heat of an intense day that was full of action, upsets, and super clean waves in the six-foot range. Those spectators who stuck it out were rewarded - not only by Fanning's highly anticipated flair, but by Pancho's radical, full-body, on-rail attack that was fueled by his determination to lay claim to his home break.

"I was excited!" said Fanning, 28, after the heat. "I haven't had a heat for a while so it was good. Just stoked to be out there with Pancho. He's one of my favorite guys out at Sunset. Stoked to get through."

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