Gabriel Medina

Medal time is one step closer for the world's junior surf stars, with the penultimate day of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship finished today in New Zealand.

With national pride and all-important final day glory on the line, competitors went head-to-head in clean 3-4ft (1-m) beach break waves.

Competitors opted to surf the right-hand rip bowl on the northern end of south Piha Beach for the morning's heats, with the predominant lefthander on the other end of the beach failing to produce quality waves.

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2010 ISA scholarships

The International Surfing Association announced the recipients of the 2010 ISA Individual Scholarship Program during the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in New Zealand.

The ISA Scholarship Program has consistently grown since it first started in 2007 due to the generous funding from Billabong, The Quiksilver Foundation and Reef Redemption, and the continued support from ISA member nations.

For 2010 the ISA will be issuing 25 scholarships to Under 18 junior surfers from 20 different countries. The ISA received 77 applications from 29 countries for this year’s program.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre said about this year's Scholarship Program: “I believe the ISA Scholarship Program is a huge step forward for the ISA to contribute to bettering the lives of junior surfers around the world. Together, we are supporting the dreams and hopes of good students who are also good surfers.”

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The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and Board Retailers Association (BRA) are proud to announce they have joined forces to present Surf Summit 13, to be held May 12-15, 2010 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

This year the annual Surf Summit conference will be taken to the next level by unifying the SIMA and BRA conferences into one event that will truly encompass and showcase the entire surf industry. With a larger manufacturer and retailer presence and a stronger representation of the industry’s top leaders, Surf Summit 13 will be a more complete union of the tribe.

"Surf Summit can only be made better by including the Board Retailers Association members and staff," said Doug Palladini, SIMA President and VP of Marketing for Vans. "I'm really pleased that the BRA leadership agrees in all the mutually beneficial gains that can be generated by combining our forces for this important leadership event going forward."

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