Surfboards could be treated as a cruise liner in the UK

Surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers of the United Kingdom may be jailed and fined up to £50,000 if they cause accidents at sea.

The proposal is being discussed by the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Merchant Shipping Act and it was unveiled after a jet skier avoided prision in a severe accident that caused head injuries in a man.

The jet skier was jailed for six months, but the sentence changed as it was ruled that a jet ski is not technically a ship.

Moreover, surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers could have problems in the future, in case of being caught under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Preventing colllisions at sea, in the UK, is the main drive of this proposal that treats all watercraft as a single unit.

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Dean Bowen 

Eight of Australia's top Pro Junior surfers are set to line up in a world first Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational '09.

This select field of big wave young surfers will be placed on-call for the entire month of August, ready for the months biggest southern Australian swell.

The invited field includes:
 
Owen Wright (NSW/Association of Surfing Professionals Australasia 2009 Pro Junior ratings leader)

Dean Bowen (NSW/Current Australian and World under 18 Junior Champion)

Teale Vanner (South Australia/South Australia's highest rated Pro Junior surfer)

Blake Ainsworth (Qld/Talented Gold Coast Pro Junior)

Cahill Bell-Warren (Vic/Esteemed big wave surfer from Bells Beach)

Courtney Brown (WA/Fearless big wave surfer)

Josiah Schmucker (Streaky Bay South Australian underground big wave surfer)
 
Sam Hawke (New Zealand, another underground surfer with big wave reputation).

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Brett Simpson 

Brett Simpson (USA) has won the 2009 Hurley US Open of Surfing.

The American surfer has defeated Mick Fanning (AUS) with an overall score of 16.93 points.

Fanning scored a total of 12.50 points.

The sunny final of the mythic US surfing event saw nice looking 6-foot waves break by the Huntington Beach Pier.

Brett Simpson added 2500 points to his ASP's WQS ranking and US$100.000.

The next stop for the men on the 2009 ASP WQS will be the ASP WQS 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in assoc. with Vans from August 4 – 9, 2009 in Newquay, England.

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