Playa de Tamarindo: sailores, bikers and surfers

In a weekend that started with tough conditions, but ended with offshore wind waves of nice size, Montezuma’s Mattías Braun adds a second victory in the Circuito Nacional de Surf, and the first in the DayStar 2009-10. This came after a final characterized by a give and take of positioning between the best surfers in the heat.

Joining Braun in the final were Tamarindo’s own Federico Pilurzu and Isaac Vega, as well as Jaco’s Jason Torres, all noted leaders in the country’s surf scene. In the heat, they also at one time or another had the lead, but an inspired backside from Braun showed his dominance. He also invested greater energy, with long routes, and manuevers characterized by forcé, and it was this investment that resulted in the highest combination of the event with a 13,84 against 12.33 of Torres, 11.64 of Vega and 11.10 for Pilurzu.

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Owen Wright: 'I am over the moon'

Australian young gun Owen Wright is flying high after winning the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung at Bondi Beach today.

The 20-year old from Lennox Head, NSW, competed against some of the biggest names in surfing, including Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, during the three-day aerial surfing extravaganza. Owen takes home $25,000 in prize money, along with a stack of other prizes.

When receiving his trophy on the SurfSho podium, Wright said: “I’m ecstatic! Where’s the thesaurus to describe how I feel? It was a great final, great atmosphere, and a great crowd. I’m buzzing! It’s been a big three days. I’m stoked to be at Bondi and walking away with the Boost Mobile SurfSho trophy and this cheque!”

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Evan Geisalman: Florida is proud of his surfer boy

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Pro Junior Series season opener saw local Floridian Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 16, clinch the ASP Grade-3 Ron Jon SI Pro presented by Skullcandy while young Hawaiian talent Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 16, won the ASP Grade-2 Skullcandy Junior Pro in one-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at Florida’s iconic break of Sebastian Inlet.

With qualification for the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour (WJT) on the line via this year’s regional series, the early season ratings’ lead picked up by Geiselman and Manuel could prove vital in their chance to battle the globe’s best for the title of ASP World Junior Champion.

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