Romain Cloitre 

The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz pres. by Euskaltel got closer to its much expected showdown today after another day of exciting action and clashes, the wind-blown three foot (one meter) waves not easing the remaining competitors’ mission. With world-class level definitely making the difference throughout the day and nine of the current ASP WQS Top 20 surfers still in contention for the crown and valuable ratings’ points, it was a show of excellent surfing and variety for the faithful Basque crowds and another successful heat for event best scorer and local hero Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23.

From nine-pointers to excellent heat results, the whole repertoire of modern surfing was displayed by the remaining twenty-four competitors trying to grab their Man-on-man round tickets, the ASP judging panel rewarding sixteen men only including the day’s best performers Luke Munro (Gold Coast, AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL), Romain Cloitre (Les Roches Noires, REU) and Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK). With the domination of the Basque warrior leaving everyone behind before tomorrow’s showdown, fellow top athletes stepped-up to remind the local cheering crowds the battle was just starting for the crowning of the 2009 edition.

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Dion Atkinson

The second day of action, third of the waiting period, saw the intensity and pressure rise at the ASP WQS 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz with another twenty-four heats being ran in wind-blown four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) waves. From major upsets to solid surfing, the international field of ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) competitors displayed another exciting show to advance through a couple of rounds today. Four heats remain before the event moves into its 3-Man heats’ format tomorrow.

Confirming his stellar start of yesterday with the best heat result in Round 3 today was former event champion and ASP World Tour member Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK), 23, the Zarautz resident besting Australian rising surfer Heath Joske (AUS), 21, with a 15.56 point combined score of two waves that included the second best ride of the event, an excellent 9.23 point wave.

“That wave just came right on time after a heat of pretty average scores for me,” Aranburu said. “It walled up well and I kind of went for big maneuvers to finish well. I was looking for a good score to finish with and I got that good score so I am pretty stoked.”

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Surf Dog | Rip Curl Ricki 

Surf City USA will be going to the dogs as hundreds of canines and their owners flock to Huntington Beach on Oct. 11, 2009, for the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog, announced Book That Event, the event organizer.

Pooches will be able to “hang 20” in surfing competitions and strut their stuff in a variety of dog-gone fun activities and contests while raising funds for animal welfare organizations. All activities will take place at Huntington Dog Beach, starting at 8 a.m.

“It is only natural to have a surfing competition for dogs in Surf City USA,” said Lisa Scolman of Book That Event, Inc. “Huntington Dog Beach is the perfect venue for the fun-filled growing sport of dog surfing. Plus there are plenty of exciting activities planned for dogs that prefer to keep all four paws on dry land.”

Dogs will compete in either small, medium, or large dog surfing heats and will be judged on a variety of skills, including; the length of their ride, the size of the wave and their confidence on the board. Prizes will be awarded for the top dogs but all pooches will be winners and receive a participation award.

Event activities also include a two-mile Woofin’ Walk, K-9 Kayaking and numerous contests, including; dog-and-owner look-alike, best celebrity impersonation and a costume contest. A Hot Diggity Dog Expo will feature more than 40 pet-related vendors and organizations. The expo and many of the event activities will take place on Dog Beach located west of Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street.

Surf City Surf Dog official charities include: Boston Buddies, Boxer Orange County Animal Rescue, Inc., Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, Cuddly Canines, Pawsitive Teams – Help Patrick Walk and the Orange County Humane Society.

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