Joan Duru 

Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA), 20, won the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro today in France after defeating fellow finalist Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF), 30, in consistent clean four foot (1.2 meter) waves in front of a massive cheering crowd. Duru, who had impressed his peers throughout what will be remembered as one of the best editions ever, was unstoppable en route to claiming the prestigious thirtieth edition of the event nicknamed the French Pro. Grabbing 2500 ratings’ points and US$20.000 for his performance this week, Duru’s result rockets the Ondres native from No. 10 to No. 7 on the ASP World Qualifying (WQS) ratings. Duru became the second French surfer since Thierry Fernandez in 1982 to win the event at Lacanau today, the first French surfer to win an ASP WQS major event in France at the same time.

Duru, who paddled out under pressure knowing a win would significantly ease his ASP Top 45 inception campaign, showed he had the skills to tame the excellent conditions on offer and kept his opponent away from the winner’s place posting a 16.47 point heat score (out of a possible 20) to seal the deal in front of a cheering crowd. At 20 years of age, Duru made history today besting former ASP World Tour elite surfer Travis Logie who had posted the event’s highest heat score earlier in the day.

“I am just so happy right now, I wanted to win so bad I am really over the moon and can’t really realize the result yet,” Duru said. “I felt quite uner pressure throughout the event and until the Semifinal I was just very focused and anxious but I managed to get over it for the final and I really let go to surf at my best. Travis (Logie) never let go off me and he is an impressive competitor so I really played my game and used priority and it finishes perfectly.”

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Ellis Ericson 

In a tiny swell at the world famous Bondi Beach, Ellis Ericson (Suffolk Park) has taken out the final qualifying event of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters.

Starting out as an alternate, Ericson was not guaranteed to surf today however a no show provided him the opportunity into the first round.

Dominating the field by placing first in every heat, apart from his semi-final where he placed 2nd, Ericson has secured his place in the final to be held at Cronulla in Sydney’s south along with a host of other prizes.

Posting a 6.17 and a 6.77 (out of a possible 10), Ericson’s total of 12.94 (out of a possible 20) was too good for other surfers Max Ashford (Matraville), Chris Salisbury (Newport) and Tamaroa McComb (Burleigh Heads) who places second, third and fourth respectively.

The final was not without its drama with McComb only needing a small score to over-take Ericson for the lead, an interference was called on McComb for dropping in on Ayshford. This sent McComb to last place and allowing Ericson to hold onto the lead and take top spot.

McComb was strong all day, proving his worth by boosting massive air reverses in every heat showing his commitment to innovation and radical surfing.

All four surfers in today's final go through to the Trials in Cronulla next week.

Other standout surfers from the day were Jake Fawcett (Geraldton) and Kurt Kiggings (Lilli Pilli) who made it to the semi-finals.

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2009 Australian Longboard Titles

A great week of surfing, weather, waves and comradery was capped off with an amazing last day of competition at the Australian Longboard Titles.

Having seen 184 of Australia’s best converging on Port Macquarie, today represented the pinnacle with 11 National Titles awarded in front of a large crowd.

In the Open Men division Josh Constable (Noosa, QLD) highlighted to all why he is one of the greatest ever Australian surfers.

Defeating Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW), Grant Thomas (Maroochydore, QLD) and Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) , who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Constable extended his reign as the most successful amateur longboarder in Australian history.

“To win five Australian Titles is amazing,” he said.

“When I started surfing as a youngster I always dreamed of winning one National Title and a World Title,” he admitted.

“To achieve this and more is beyond words.”

Wrapped in an enthralling battle from start to finish, Constable was glad to get the nod ahead of great mates and excellent competitors.

With a see-sawing battle over the 25-minute finale, Constable and Ingelby traded blows until the very end.

“The level of surfing on show throughout the entire week has been first-class,” Constable admitted.

“It’s always good to be beat the best,” he said.

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