2009 Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal

Rip Curl has announced that the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search "Somewhere In The Caribbean" will be held from October 30 to November 10.

The official location will not be revealed until the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, in April.

After Supertubos (Peniche), in Portugal, the mobile ASP Dream Tour event will definitely go exotic.

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Jamie O'Brien

Prayers, plundered surfboards and Pipeline perfection were the order of the final day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Volcom Pipeline Pro, and local boy Jamie O’Brien avoided the drama to walk away with the win.

O’Brien, 26, clinched his third Pipeline Pro title today to take home $16,000 and 2,000 ASP WQS ratings points. Surf for the final day was in the range of 10-15-foot wave face heights.

Australian pair Anthony Walsh and Mark Mathews were second and third respectively in the final, both breaking surfboards and forced to swim to the beach during the 45-minute bout.

Fourth place was Hawaii’s Danny Fuller, who posted the day’s only perfect 10 during his semi-final heat but was unable to exit several deep tubes in the final that might have scored the same.

Two high scores - 8.77 and 8.23 - sealed the deal for O’Brien, giving him a two-wave total of 17.0 out of a maximum 20.

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Boscombe Surf Reef

Europe's first artificial surf reef - the Boscombe Surf Reef - is under evaluation after several complaints from local surfers.

The project finished last November, 12 months after the initial plan, needs to be fine tuned as surfers say the waves are too steep, breaking too quickly and the ride is too short.

Also, at low tide, the huge sand bags are too near the surface and surfboard fins may rip off the artificial reef. Dorset surfers think that the perfect waves might kick off if the experts adjust Boscombe's surf reef.

Everyone agrees that the equipment is only suitable for the bodyboarders who do not have to stand-up and bottom turn.

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