Owen Wright conquers the SriLankan Airlines Pro in the Maldives

Owen Wright (Australia) has won the 10th annual Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six star PRIME rated World Qualifying Series (WQS) .

It was a monumental high scoring final, described by numerous ASP officials at this event as the greatest final they have ever seen.

This final had everything with both surfers forcing each other to new heights combining superb power surfing with new age aerial moves.

The final scores saw Owen Wright on 19.23 out of a possible 20 to Gudauskas on 18.93.

Wright’s second ride in the final of 9.83 was decisive, pulling two major aerial manoerveres along with a series of fully powered on face vertical turns.

While that wave opened up a serious lead, Gudauskas challenged hard on his second ride driving through a series of powerful top to bottom turns but just fractionally mistimed his final floating re entry and fell. The wave was still awarded an outstanding 8.94, many believed had he landed that final turn it would have been his second perfect 10 point ride for the event.

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Gulf Night Surf 

The Night has arrived, the Gul Night Surf is this weekend and the surfs’ up!!! With only 3 weeks to organise the legendary event and save the night surf we have done it. The weather is looking good and the swell is on it’s way.

The Gul Night Surf has attracted a world class line up, with Britain’s top surfer and Gul team rider Russell Winter back from the Maldives and looking forward to surfing his home break.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this happen, it was only 4 weeks ago that the night surf did not have an official sponsor. Gul stepped in to save the event with the help of many local company’s. They include: Britanic Industries, Fistral Blu, Anns Cottage, Beach Night Club and Custard Point Surfboards.

Rob Harris of Anns Cottage comments "Its great to be sponsoring the Night Surf event, making sure it stays in Newquay" adding "Supporting this event helps to raise the profile of the sport, encouraging future development" Gul merchandise will be for sale in Anns Cottage at Fistral Beach.

The event is centred around the Fistral surf complex which is the perfect place for developing the Gul Night Surf and establishing it for the coming years. “The Event has been organised in a very short time and I can’t thank enough everybody who has helped to organise the event.

The Fistral surf centre is such a great venue and with the new beach bar / café open we can really utilise everything the complex has to offer. We are looking forward to this weekend as it always attracts huge crowds” (Jake Patterson Gul Brand manager). In addition to the event the beach complex is offering free Night time (after 6pm) parking to local people through the Newquay Voice newspaper.

The event is obviously a surf event, but there will also be some fantastic free entertainment over the weekend from, live bands to burlesque dancers! The live Music will start from 8:00pm with the following acts. Saturday night will be the closing night with a spectacular firework show. So come down for a memorable surf competition.

Friday – Jamie and the Magic Sunbeams & Dean O'Donnell followed by DJ Paul Reeves After Party Beach Night Club
Saturday - Skin Tight (Funk), Jamie and the Magic Sunbeams & Andy Walker followed by DJ Paul Reeves - After Party Beach Night Club

Luke Reading conquers the Saltwater Wine Pro 

Local standout Luke Reading (Wallabi Point, NSW) was the king of his domain today, claiming the Saltwater Wine Pro in amazing conditions at Old Bar.

As the fourth event on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit for 2009, the Saltwater Wine Pro saw some of the country’s best surfers competing for valuable ratings points and serious cash prizes.

Greeted with epic conditions – perfect, one metre-peaks – the action that transpired was of the highest order as Reading marched to victory with a dream 25-minute performance in the final.

“I couldn’t be more happy,” said a beaming Reading, clutching the $1200 cheque.

Defeating Darren O’Rafferty (Bonny Hills, NSW), Yerin Brown (Byron Bay, NSW), Perth Standlick (Bondi, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Reading was in a league of his own, racking up an impressive 15.40 (out of a possible 20).

“I got the dream start and felt really confident after my first two waves,” he continued.

“I could hear my brother (Joel) on the beach going nuts and it just fired me up to continue to build on my scores.”

With $3,000 up for grabs the state’s elite an opportunity to compete for serious monetary rewards at Old Bar’s famed Second Corner, Reading got through some exceptional competitors en-route to the final.

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