Leonardo Neves

After a couple of days off due to small surf and unfavorable winds, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Islas Canarias Santa Pro kicked-off in clean three-to-four foot (1 to 1.2 meter) waves at the back-up venue of La Santa today, off-shore wind direction and consistent sets giving the first ten heats of Round 1 a playful line-up.

Back-up venue of this year’s Islas Canarias Santa Pro, the long righthand pointbreak of La Santa witnessed the assault of some of the world’s best surfers including current members of the ASP Top 45 battling with potential qualifiers for valuable ratings’ points and dollars.

Leonardo Neves (BRA), 30, a former ASP Top 45 member, showed he was ready to get on with his Canarian campaign displaying solid surfing with a mix of power-turns and fins-out frontside top turns to net the day’s highest heat score of 15.83 points (out of a possible 20).

“I love Lanzarote and I am enjoying my time here so I guess it showed in my surfing for that first heat,” Neves said. “The waves were fun but you had to be patient and I waited for two good waves to secure some points. I am stoked to surf such fun waves and it’s a relief to get passed Round 1.”

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Mavericks Surf Contest 2009/2010

The waiting period for the 2009/2010 Mavericks Surf Contest® presented by Sony Ericsson has officially begun.

On a picture perfect Friday afternoon, more than two-dozen of the best big-wave surfers from around the world, along with family members, friends, and members of the media gathered on the beach at Pillar Point to celebrate the opening of the new 2009/2010 Contest season.

The only big-wave paddle-in contest on the mainland, the waiting period for this year’s Mavericks Surf Contest® will last from November 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

During this window, the 24 invitees will wait for Mother Nature to conjure up the “perfect storm” that will produce waves that are 30-40 feet in height. Once such a swell is on the horizon, the 24 contestants themselves will vote on whether to call the Contest.

As the invitees and alternates lined the beach for this year’s photo shoot, they were greeted by a surprise guest. Surfing pioneer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz gave a heartfelt speech in which he spoke of how proud he was of each of these men for the contributions that they have made to the sport of big-wave surfing. “As long as you surf, surfing will keep you,” said the 90 year-old Paskowitz, whose son Abraham and grandson Levi were also on hand. These men were also addressed by long-time Mavericks surfer Peter Mel, as well as by former contest champions Greg Long, Darryl “Flea” Virostko, and Anthony Tashnick.

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Oli Adams

Oli Adams wins his first UK Pro Surf Tour event, the AXL / DOH Pro at Rest Bay Porthcawl. Former British and New Zealand Junior champion excelled in the surf conditions to take the title of the biggest surf event in Wales.

Oli commented “People do not understand how much this means to me, I have been suffering from an illness over the last few years and am now getting back to full fitness. To beat Johnny, Russ and Egor in the final is a fantastic feeling”

Second place went to English Champion Johnny Fryer (Isle of White), whose vertical backhand attack managed to outpoint the rest of the field. Third went to wave-shy Russell Winter (Newquay) and fourth to Mark ‘Egor’ Harris who has now reached the final of the last four UK Pro Surf Tour events.

In the Under 16 Boys division Leon Mansfield (Newquay) showed his class by winning his second UK Pro Surf Tour event in a row consolidating his position at the top of the rankings. Second place went to Zack Lawton (Croyde), his best result on the Grommet tour. A remarkable third went to Under 12 surfer Max Payne (Wadebridge) and coming fourth local surfer Max Tucker.

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