Felicity Palmateer 

Felicity Palmateer is a WA girl who loves surf and art, and is good at both! Felicity (aka Floss) also sprays custom designs on her own boards - check out how she does it.

Step 1: Draw a creative picture that you would like to spray onto your board. Try not to draw something too hard if this is your first spray.

Step 2: Copy your design onto a strong piece of paper. Make sure your paper is big enough so that it fits onto your board.

Step 3: Once you are happy with your design carefully cut out your design. Remember to only cut out the areas that you want to spray.

Step 4. You can either use double sided tape or normal sticky tape folded in on itself to stick your design down onto your board. Make sure the design sits snugly on your board, you don’t want any overspray.

Step 5. Choose the colour that you would like to spray your design. Don’t forget to shake the spray can before you start spraying.

Step 6. When you start spraying the board, use controlled arm movement and make sure you give your board an even coat of paint. The paint takes about 1⁄2 an hour to 45 minutes to dry or longer depending on the weather temperature.

Step 7. When the spray paint is dry, carefully pull off the paper and remove all the sticky tape.

Step 8. Repeat steps 1 – 7 if you want to add extra colours to your design.

Step 9. Get as creative as you want. Use permanent markers to highlight areas or give them shape. You can add as much detail as you want.

Step 10. I like to add a personal touch to all my boards and here are two I have just finished spraying.

Good luck with your spray job, remember the more that you practice the better you get.

Kelly Slater 

In the surfing world, everybody's talking about it.

Kelly Slater is in the center of what can be named as a potential Surfing Revolution.

Is he really going to leave the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) to debut a new World Tour of Surfing?

Are the ESPN rumours true? If so, when are we having the new global challenge?

Is the ASP's World Tour so bad that we need a change?

SurferToday.com has identified some of the Pros and Cons of Kelly Slater's eventual new World Tour of Surfing.

Check it out:

PROS

* Refreshing new behaviours of judging and ranking system
* New selection of world's finest surf spots
* Live TV broadcast
* Wider sponsorship policies
* More relaxed and free surfing during heats
* Having one of the greatest surfers of all time running the show
* Top prizes and having advertising income directly to surfers (idea sent by Chev)

CONS

* Inexperience of starting a brand new World Surfing Tour
* Losing ASP's longtime know-how
* Having two parallel competition running, just like the Kiteboarding's PKRA/KPWT endless war
* Starting a unnecessary battle for the ISA sports approval
* Delay surfing as an Olympic sport
* Delivering surfing to business men who do not understand what a "Take Off" is

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Kelly Slater 

The Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award went for the second time in three years to legendary American surfer Kelly Slater, who won a record ninth world title at the age of 37.

At 37, legendary surfing master Kelly Slater completed his most dominant year yet. Claiming an unprecedented ninth world title in 2008, Slater took first in six of the 10 contests he entered. His 8,832 points this year absolutely dwarfed the 6,780 of his nearest competitor. Slater did not even plan to compete in 2008, giving his rivals a sense of confidence that his later change-of-mind quickly dashed.

Slater received his award at a special ceremony held at the Home Depot Centre on the final day of the 2009 X Games from Laureus World Sports Academy members and action sports legends Tony Hawk and Robby Naish.

After receiving the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, Slater could not contain his delight in front of a live television audience and cheering fans at the Home Depot Centre. On accepting the award Slater said "To be recognised on an international and mainstream sports level is something special that I haven't experienced a lot.

This Laureus award is something very different and special. To be recognized in this group of athletes is amazing and something I'm happy to carry with me throughout my lifetime. I'm very honoured to win this award a second time."

Laureus World Sports Academy member Tony Hawk said: "Kelly is a pioneering athlete having become the youngest ever world champion in 1992 at the age of 20. And then in 2006 he became the oldest at 34. It is a tribute to his dedication to sport and his impact on surfing that he is still around and setting the standards to beat".

Fellow Laureus Academy member Robby Naish commented, "Kelly Slater's dominance has spanned a generation and made him an icon to action sports lovers around the world. His influence on the world of surfing has been nothing short of amazing. In a sport that changes and evolves as quickly as surfing does, staying at the top of the sport for more than a decade is unprecedented".