- 23 February 2010 | Surfing
The Italian-Costa Rican resident of Malpais in Punteranas, Ramón Taliani prevailed Sunday at the premier date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar in Playa Westfalia in Limon, beating in the finals the Jaco residents Luis Vindas and Jair Pérez, not to mention Tamarindo’s Luis Castro. In front of Hotel del Pilón, close to 1,500 people watched the finals and semi-finals from 11 a.m., with waves of at least a meter in size.
It was sunny in Limon and the atmosphere was great, adding tremendous support for the last heats, as Castro mounted a lead for the first 10 minutes, while Taliana lacked a better wave only scoring 8.00 points in the first minutes. He eventually added two better waves—rights with strong maneuvers initiated on the routes. Vindas and Pérez had bad luck in each of their decisions, lacking the ability to find waves. Castro put in some of the highest combinations, but Taliani ultimately obtained the highest points in the race surfing 14.67 in the finals.
- 23 February 2010 | Surfing
Since the Mavericks Surf Contest went off in epic conditions on February 13th, 2010, the Todos Santos Big Wave Event is the last remaining event of the Big Wave World Tour this season.
Californian surfer Greg Long still holds the lead of the Big Wave World Tour Ranking with two wins this season in Peru and Hawaii. Carlos Burle’s 5th place at 25 foot plus Mavericks puts him in striking distance of the first ever Big Wave World Champion Title. Mavericks’ winner Chris Bertish added valuable points to his BWWT tally, now 900 points behind the leader he is still capable of taking up the crown!
Set to unfold on the next big swell (waves exceeding 30 foot faces) the Todos Santos Big Wave Event is designed to be the grand finale of the Big Wave World Tour.
- 22 February 2010 | Surfing
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, will commence its waiting period this weekend, ushering in the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history with 15 ASP World Titles being represented amongst the 48-man draw.
Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, will return to the singlet this season, challenging for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title against the world's best surfers in the world's best waves. Coming away with an ASP Dream Tour win in Brazil last season, Slater made a mid-year challenge for the crown, yet fell short of the Australian onslaught.
"I never found myself in the right mind frame to deal with the pressure of a tenth title and find the excitement and purpose for what I was doing for more than a few heats last year," Slater said. "Brazil worked out but all the close heats went the other guy's way and I just made a lot of mind decisions and not surfing from the gut and real feelings. I am comfortable with 9 (ASP World Titles), but yeah, 10 has a certain allure to it."