Swami's Beach, California, USA | Photo: Kevin Baird

The Swamis Surf Club launched a global petition against professional surf contests at Swami's Beach, Encinitas, California, USA.

Here's what they have to say:

"It has come to our attention that a professional womens longboard contest is being proposed for Swamis. We think it is a bad idea, sets a bad precedent, and is unneeded, unwanted, and unsafe.

There are plenty of other locations county wide including Cardiff, Oceanside, LJ Shores and Ocean Beach where contests are run. There has never been a contest at Swamis (well one way back in '67). The Swamis Surf Club makes sure they never run their contest at Swamis. Why? Because Swamis locals and visitors alike do not want one.

A pro surfing contest does nothing for community surfers, does not benefit the city of Encinitas local surfers or make sense for the aesthetic and vibe of the wonderfully peaceful Self Realization Fellowship.
What is the upside? A promoter makes some money, and the City of Encinitas promotes tourism. Please sign the petition below to STOP SURFING CONTESTS AT SWAMIS - FOR GODS SAKE - IS NOTHING SACRED?"

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ASP World Longboard Tour

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Oxbow World Longboard Tour Maldives event today crowned two champions – Harley Ingeby (Australia) as the 2009 ASP World Longboard Champion and Kai Sallas (Hawaii) as the inaugural Oxbow Maldives event champion.

Sallas (Oahu, Hawaii) won the event, surfing clean three feet (1 metre) surf at Pasta Point, defeating Australasia’s Harley Ingelby in a high-scoring Final that saw Sallas take the win with a combined two-wave tally of 15.65 to Ingelby on 14.00.

Ingeby’s second placing in today’s final event on the two-event 2009 ASP World Longboard Tour secured him the ASP World Longboard Title.

“I’m so stoked to win this event,” Sallas said. “The waves have been super fun all week and to beat Harley in the final capped off a perfect week for me. “I started well with 7.65 on my first ride and felt confident that I could back that ride up and take the win, Ingelby came at me hard in the final few minutes but my best ride was my final one and it’s great to win and actually beat the current world champion as well!”

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O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada

Competition returned to Cox Bay for the fourth day of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada and surfers took to the water in good four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at the nation’s first professional surfing event. The improved conditions allowed for an exciting day of action with some big scores on the fourth day of competition.

Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 18, grabbed the highest single wave score of the event, a 9.77 out of 10, with jaw-ping backside surfing on a long Tofino righthander. Despite posting the near perfect score, the Santa Cruz talent was nearly eliminated from the action packed heat with all surfers blasting amazing scores throughout the hard-fought battle and Young eventually advanced in second behind Kevin Sullivan (Lahaina, HI), 22.

“That was a pretty gnarly heat,” Young said. “I got that one (the 9.77) and I thought I had it wrapped up, I thought ‘alright, I made that heat.’ Then Kevin (Sullivan) and Dion (Atkinson) both got two good waves. I couldn’t see their waves, but I heard the scores were nines and that I had been pushed to third, I was so frustrated. I couldn’t believe that I could get that good of a score and not make the heat.”

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