Surfing will be part of the 17th Bolivarian Games for the first time

The Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO, Organizacion Deportiva Bolivariana), organizer of the Bolivarian Games, the regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, announced it will include surfing as an official sport in the 17th Edition of the Games.

Scheduled for September 12 – 14, 2009, a highlight of the Bolivarian Games is the fact that it will be happening simultaneously in three countries. The center of the Games will be held in Sucre, Bolivia, with additional sporting events being held in Peru.  The waves of La FAE beach in Salinas, Ecuador, home of the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship were selected to host the international surfing event.  Participating countries will include Colombia, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.

ODEBO is an International Sports Organization in Latin America.  Each surfer competing in the event will do so as a part of their National team under the organization of their respective National Olympic Committee.


Rip Curl Go Surfing Day 2009 

Plenty of girls and waves show up in force for the Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day presented by Clean and Clear

Double Six Beach, Bali, Indonesia – How do you put an end to a stubborn flat spell? Gather a small army of eager women surfers on the beach and simply watch the waves roll in.

Nearly 100 women surfers showed up Sunday at Bali’s Double Six Beach for RipCurl’s sixth annual Girls Go Surfing Day, and the waves followed suit. Clean, 3-to-4 foot lines from a building swell graced the beach all day, bringing relief to local surfers after going five straight days without a swell and smiles to everyone on hand for Girls Go Surfing Day.

Over the past 15 years, the global learn-to-surf program has helped hundreds of women develop the skills and confidence to ride the waves, with events held in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, the United States and Europe. This year’s event in Bali, sponsored by Clean & Clear, more than accomplished its goal of “promoting the health and well-being of the female youth in Indonesia.”

Women surfers as young as eight and as old as 60 received top notch instruction from the certified instructors at the Rip Curl School of Surf and took pointers from Rip Curl team riders, including Diah Rahayu (Seminyak), Nyoman Satri (Kuta) and Alisa Mertens (Holland). RipCurl male team riders Garut Widiarta (Kuta), Mega Semadhi (Uluwatu), Gobleg Suyadya (Uluwatu) and Pepen Hendrik (Kuta) also turned out to show their support and hang with the girls.


Alan Stokes wins the Gul Night Surf at Fistral Beach

The hard work is over and the Gul night surf ticked all the right boxes. The weather was fantastic, the quality of waves and performances from British surfers, was amongst the best we have seen at a UK surf event and thousands of people turned up at Fistral beach, Newquay. 
Alan Stokes wins the Gul Night surf with a spectacular display of surfing, scoring a perfect 10 on the way to the final. Alan now has the most wins for an individual event on the UK Pro Surf Tour, making it three times over the nine year history of the competition. Runner up was local surfer Tom Butler, who must have put on the most improved performance by any individual surfer and was unlucky to loose out in the final, despite scoring the best wave of the heat. Third place went to Reubyn Ash of Bude, whose semi final heat raised the bar for the other surfers. Fourth place went to Oli Adams who failed to catch the better waves coming through in the heat.

Jo Denison from Pembrokeshire dominated the Women’s event throughout all her heats, also taking the Queen of the wave award, for the highest Women’s scoring wave of 9.5, sponsored by King of Second place went to Gwen Spurlock of Swansea making it her second runners up place on the Tour. First time finalised Laura Crane who normally competes in the under 16 Girls division took third place, followed by forth place for Hannah Harding of Totnes.

Ben Skinner in the Longboard category took first place making it two years in a row of UK Pro Surf Tour titles at the Night Surf. Second place went to Nathan carter, followed by James Parry and Adam Griffiths.