Hank Gaskell

Eyes were on the waves but minds were on the money as the $1,000,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink hit the water with day one of the Reef Hawaiian Pro - an ASP men's 6-star prime World Qualifying Series event. Subsequently, few people noticed that the bulk of the 10- to 12-foot NE swell wasn't making it around the corner into Haleiwa, and thousands lived it up in the bikini-strutting weather.

Haleiwa leveled the playing field today as visiting and local surfers met somewhere in the middle between international beach break conditions and the Hawaiian power expected here this time of year. Results were as mixed as the waves that ranged from five feet in the morning, to just a couple of feet before the event was halted around 2p.m. at heat 11 of the round of 128 surfers.

The earlier heats lucked out with offshore winds and punchier conditions. Maui's Granger Larsen nailed down the best of it, cranking out three powerful snaps to earn a 9.33, the highest scoring wave of the contest so far.

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Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day

The Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day dates have been officially announced and will run on the weekend of November 28-29 at over 60 beaches around Australia.

Now in its 19th year of operation the national event is a huge weekend on the surfing calendar, and provides an opportunity for females to take part in a professional surf lesson in the lead-up to summer.

Two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore is an enthusiastic ambassador for the program that endorses surfing as a healthy, fun and rewarding way to keep fit for girls of all ages.

“Rip Curl’s Girls Go Surfing Day is a really positive program, it’s important for raising awareness of female surfing and getting girls in the water!” said Gilmore.

“It’s also a good chance for you to have a fun day at the beach with your mates and to hit the surf in a safe environment!” continued Gilmore.

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ISA Scholarships

The International Surfing Association (ISA), the World Governing Authority for Surfing, is now accepting applications for the 2010 ISA Individual Scholarship Program. The ISA aims to award more than forty scholarships to junior surfers around the world.

The Scholarship Program is open to all junior surfers, ages 18 and under. Applicants must prove financial need, be enrolled in school with good standing, and be an inspirational role model to the surfing community.

The ISA Individual Scholarship Program's main objective is to provide financial support in order to facilitate an experience in surfing while encouraging the importance of education. The money must be used to travel to surf contests, buy new surfing equipment, or to foster the junior surfer's education.

The program offers added incentive for national surfing federations to send teams to ISA events, furthering the reach of surfing, as scholarship recipients use the experience to become better surfers, potential national champions and even possibly, world champions - all while continuing with their education.

Two thousand and ten will be the fourth year of the ISA Individual Scholarship Program. In 2009, forty surfers from Africa, Australasia, the Americas and Europe received financial aid and surfing equipment to keep developing their surfing and educational skills. All 40-scholarship recipients are great students, surfers and inspirational role models for their countries and the entire surfing tribe.

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