Gregory Pastusiak: watch your head

Excellent conditions were on offer today for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Protest Vendee Pro held at the main break of La Sauzaie on the second day of competition. After yesterday’s lay day action at the Protest Vendee Pro got into full swing with the completion of round 1 and the majority of round 2 despite the difficulties many of the surfers are experiencing trying to reach the event on time.

Clean 3-4ft (1m) waves entered the reef break of La Sauzaie improving as the tide pushed in offering excellent conditions for the opening rounds. With an expected drop in swell event officials made another call late in the afternoon to run as many heats of round 2 as possible.

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Robert Simpson: a Santa Barbara surfer

Santa Barbara-Santa Barbara Sheriff's detectives have identified the victim of last night's homicide as 44-year old Robert Burke Simpson (DOB 2/4/66) of Santa Barbara.

The victim died after being stabbed just before 6:30pm on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies and Santa Barbara Police officers initially responded to the incident after receiving 911 calls reporting a fight at Hendry's Beach/Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara.

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Taj Burrow: follow the leader

Stop No. 3 of the 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina, is preparing for the ASP Top 45 to assault the punchy beachbreaks of Imbituba, and with a lightning hot ASP World Title race and the heightened intensity of the mid-year Top 32 cut-off, the scene has been set for an explosive showdown in Brazil.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, current ASP World No. 1, has been near unstoppable over the past several months, collecting a win at Pipeline, a win at Burleigh Heads, a win at Snapper Rocks, a Runner-Up at Margaret River and an Equal 3rd at Bells Beach. The juggernaut run has cemented the Western Australian firmly at the top of the ASP World Tour ratings and the potential of a maiden ASP World Title looms in the distance.

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