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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Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in

Patrick Wayne Swayze, the American actor behind the surfing movie "Point Break" has died today, aged 57, after losing a 20-month battle against a pancreatic cancer.


Swayze, an absolute Hollywood icon, starred as "Bodhi" in "Point Break", alongside with Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. He played the role of a charismatic leader of a surf gang.

"Point Break" was released on July 12, 1991 in 1,615 theaters and went on to make a worldwide total of $83.5 million. The film became a cult ring between the Hollywood industry and surfing. In 2006, "Point Break" was released on DVD in a special edition.

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