Steph Gilmore: eyeing the flats | Photo: ASP/Laurent Masurel

Stephanie Gilmore defeated Sally Fitzgibbons to claim the Cascais Women's Pro 2014, in Portugal.

The ASP Women's World Championship Tour is down to the wire. With one lap to go, only Gilmore, Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright remain in contention for the 2014 surfing crown. The Target Maui Pro will decide who will taste the champagne.

But Gilmore has moved to number one on the rankings, and adds a third season victory to the travel bag, after the Gold Coast and Trestles.


John John Florence: king of French beach breaks | Photo: ASP/Poullenot

John John Florence has claimed the Quiksilver Pro France 2014, at Les Guardians.

The world title race is frozen. After watching Gabriel Medina falling at the hands of Josh Kerr, Kelly Slater was not able to capitalize on the Brazilian's "early" loss.

Jadson Andre and John John Florence entered fast-moving waters for the final, in pure French beach break-style, with shifty peaks and bumpy wave faces.


Sean Pollard: a brave surfer

A 23-year-old surfer has lost a hand and part of his other arm after being attacked by a great white shark, at Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance, Australia.

Ross Tamlin, who was catching waves 400 meters away from Pollard, paddled to shore and called for help. Sean Pollard, the injured surfer, was lying on his back in the water, after being able to swim 100 meters in the direction of the beach.

After being carried to the shore, female volunteer St John Ambulance paramedic Kylie Rothnie used beach towels to stem the blood flow wounds to both arms.