Clay Marzo claims the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 

Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 19, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido in impressive fashion today when he put fellow finalists Junior Faria (BRA), 22, Angelo Lozano (Puerto Escondido, MEX), 22, and Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 19, in a combination situation to take out his first ASP WQS victory.

Although the finalists faced inconsistent conditions at Puerto Escondido, Marzo managed to capitalize on the two best waves and displayed a mind-blowing combination of barrel-riding, progressive tail-drifting turns and reverses to take out the victory.

“I was a little worried because it was a little mixed up out there,” Marzo said. “I got that first score and was able to relax enough to get the other one.”

The talented goofy-footer’s posted an opening score of a solid 8.25 before closing the doors on his competitors when he logged a massive 9.25 (both out of a possible 10) for a committing reverse.

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Hurricane Isabel 

High waves, strong winds and heavy rain.

The hurricane season is here and surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bodyboarders are on red alert.

Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific are the main regions affected by the power of tropical cyclones.

According to NOAA, the terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone":

* "hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
* "typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
* "severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
* "severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
* "tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

There are several things you should check before testing the power of a tropical cyclone.

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Kelly Slater training with Vitor Belfort

Nine-time world surfing champion, Kelly Slater came by the VA Sport Center to get some training tips from Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort and PM Tenore.

Vitor Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who has fought in Japan and the USA. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and he is the current Cage Rage light heavyweight champion.

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