Local surfers clear first rounds of the Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 

The opening day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 3-Star Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido saw local surfers dominate the early rounds of competition in front of their home crowd, reveling in the early-morning three-to-four foot (1 metre) barreling surf to advance through to the latter rounds.

Surfers competing on the ASP WQS are out to gain the valuable ratings points on offer towards qualification for the 2009 ASP World Tour, with only 15 surfers advancing from the grueling series on to the prestigious ASP Dream Tour each following year. Once qualified, surfers earn the right to battle the world’s finest 45 competitive surfers in an attempt to claim the title of ASP World Champion.

Diego Cadena (Puerto Escondido, MEX) utilized his local knowledge of Playa Zicatela to eliminate current ASP World Tour surfer Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, CA), 27, from competition by combining clean barrel-rides with strong finishing maneuvers to claim his Round 1 heat win.

“The conditions in that heat were hard because the current was moving all over the place and you have to move all of the time,” Cadena said. "Finally it cleaned up a little bit and I got that good right. Timmy Reyes got that good left and I was worried about my friend (Christian Corzo) and finally he got that nine and moved to second place, but it wasn’t that easy."

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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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