Luis Madureira Pinto (far right) with CEST friends

SurferToday.com has won the 2008 ZON Multimedia - Creativity in Multimedia, in the 'Content in Multimedia' category.

The award ceremony was held last 15th December in the Estoril Congress Center, in Portugal.

Mr. Rodrigo Costa, ZON Multimedia's CEO, Mr. Mário Lino, minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications and Mr. José Pinto Ribeiro, minister for Culture, attended the event.

SurferToday.com founder Luis Madureira Pinto was given a scholarship in Digital Media at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and a 25.000€ prize money.

«I would like to address my special thanks to ZON Multimedia and my biggest hug and cheers to the CEST friends Camelo(s), Fidalgo, Tavares, Landolt, Mendanha, Almeida, Camacho, Leal, Maia, my girlfriend and family for their support and friendship. This is your award, too», he stated.

The ZON Multimédia group can be found in 1.5 million homes and businesses, reaching more than 5 million people in Portugal.

ZON has the largest digital cable network in the country, a digital satellite platform and 200 movie theatres to meet all telecommunication and entertainment needs.

ZON Multimédia is one of the top companies in the PSI-20 index and the fifth largest pay TV company in Portugal. It is also leader of the cinema market and the second largest internet provider. ZON Multimédia operates under the ZON TV Cabo, ZON Lusomundo Cinemas, ZON Lusomundo Audiovisuais and ZON Conteúdos brand names.

SurferToday.com is a surfing news center founded in 2007 and visited daily by surfers, windsurfers, kiteboarders and bodyboarders from more than 100 countries and 2000 cities in the world.

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ASP Dream Tour 2009

Congratulations to everyone that achieved their goals on the men’s, women’s and longboard tours in either the ASP Dream Tour or ASP WQS events this year.


Special congratulations to King Kelly, Joy Monahan, Bonga Perkins and Stephanie Gilmore on their respective ASP World Titles plus a premature congratulations to the boys and girls winners of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships to be held in early January 2009.

For the women, the Billabong Pro Maui is yet to be finalized and the 2009 Dream Tour qualifiers will not be completely known until then.

For the men, the ASP Dream Tour 45 are as of now:

TOP 27 Requalifiers
Slater, Kelly USA
Durbidge, Bede AUS
Burrow, Taj AUS
Parkinson, Joel AUS
Hobgood, C.J. USA
Buchan, Adrian AUS
Souza, Adriano de BRA
Fanning, Mick AUS
Martinez, Bobby USA
Flores, Jeremy FRA
Stedman, Luke AUS
Patacchia, Fredrick HAW
Irons, Andy HAW
Ward, Chris USA
Otton, Kai AUS
Reyes, Tim USA
Perrow, Kieren AUS
Whitaker, Tom AUS
Neve, Dayyan AUS
Irons, Bruce HAW
Picon, Michael FRA
Reynolds, Dane USA
Knox, Taylor USA
Hobgood, Damien USA
Alves, Heitor BRA
Smith, Jordy ZAF
Dunn, Ben AUS

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Sebastian Inlet 

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) will kick off the 2009 season with the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro presented by Ron Jon. The ASP WQS 4-Star event will be held at Florida’s prized Sebastian Inlet from the new dates of January 12-18, 2009.

The 2009 ASP WQS season will play host to surfing’s finest up-and-coming competitors who are all vying for one of the top 15 positions on the series, qualifying them for the prestigious ASP World Tour the following year. O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro competitors will all look to start their season out on the right foot at Florida’s famed Inlet which is the East Coast’s biggest ASP WQS event. 

"The O'Neill SI Pro Presented by Ron Jon is one of the most anticipated sporting events in Central Florida and draws spectators from all walks of life,” Mitch Varnes, Event Founder and president of Board Sports Management, said. “Besides the great ongoing support of major sponsors O'Neill, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Red Bull, the SI pro enjoys tremendous backing from the community, local media and, of course, East Coast surfers. Now, if we could only get Kelly to come back for the event."

Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA), 23, will be one top seed in the event looking to kick-start his 2009 season with a solid result at the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro. The explosive regular-footer finished 21st on the ASP WQS last year, missing qualification for the 2009 ASP Dream Tour by only a few places, making him even more hungry to qualify in 2010. Simpson excelled throughout the latter half of 2008 and is looking to pick up where he left off.

“I had an awesome back half of the year and I just want keep the momentum rolling,” Simpson said. I’m just going to keep focused on what I've been doing and work hard towards a win.”

The Huntington Beach native’s drive this year sparked by coming with in arm’s reach of qualifying for this year’s ASP Dream Tour have given him extra incentive going into the opening event in 2009. The dedicated competitor’s motivation combined with his impressive performance and valuable experience gained throughout the 2008 make him a serious contender for this year’s O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro title. Simpson will definitely be one to watch this year, especially since last year’s champion Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 23, may not compete in this year’s event.

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