Taj Burrow: aerial way of life

World-class surfers Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and Owen Wright will be busting out their best moves for the Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung, taking place on Bondi Beach this weekend (12th to 14th March 2010).

The first international surfing competition to take place on Bondi Beach in over 20 years, the three-day event is free to attend and will see the most exciting aerial surfers from across the globe competing for a $30,000 prize on Bondi’s famous waves.

According to Swellnet the conditions are looking great for the event, “ Friday morning should offer solid 3-4ft sets before easing a little during the day. Winds look to remain moderate from the south-east all day, so although conditions will be bumpy, the surf should be quite peaky with good launch pads for aerials.

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Dane Bird: 'sorry, Occy''

Australian surfer Dane Bird celebrated his 23rd birthday today by eliminating former world champion Mark Occhilupo on day three of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star rated Burton Toyota Pro.

But there remains some doubt as to whether he will continue surfing in the event or attend the funeral of his grandmother who passed away last Saturday.

The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in Brisbane and Bird is torn between competing and being with his family.

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First Point: who's the next surfer in line?

The idyllic surf town of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is set to stage the largest surf festival in the world, when the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing 2010 presented by Golden Breed kicks off from March 14 -21.

Now in it’s 19th year, the Festival to be staged around two of the world’s perfect longboarding waves First Point and Noosa West (Access 12), will host over 700 competitors across 20 divisions ranging from the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (Pro), to Amateur, Stand-up Paddle and Specialty divisions.

“The entry field this year has been unprecedented,” said festival director Phil Jarratt from Noosa this week. “We have an exceptionally strong Pro field in the Men’s division and the specialty Noserider trials and Suncorp Stand-up Paddle events have seen a surge in entries this year. With many of the world’s top athletes competing, next week’s festival promises to showcase some of the finest surfing as well as entertainment for the whole family.”

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