Mick Fanning

In a major coup for Australian surfing, Breaka Flavoured Milk has announced that reigning World Champion Mick Fanning will headline February’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star, US$85,000 Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro.

In equally exciting news, 1999 World Champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo has announced he will be coming out of retirement and returning to the professional arena for the Breaka Burleigh Surf Pro.

Occhilupo’s entry into the event marks a comeback for the legendary goofy-footer (right foot forward stance) who officially retired from the sport in 2007.

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Luis Vindas

In a contest that saw talent dominating yesterday, the prevailing leader Jaco’s Luis Vindas became the first winner of the LimeCoral Classic which had its debut in the waves of Palo Seco de Parrita. In this tournament’s final were four athletes who did not compete in the first date of the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar in Jaco, but indeed were favorites in Esterillos.

That final battle with Vindas included Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos (8.86)—the current Open, Junior and Boys champion—Jason Torres of Jaco (10.67) and Isaac Vega of Tamarindo (11.77), the latter of which returned to the end of the Open after several seasons.

The series was carried out near 2 p.m. in high tide with more public than Saturday—800 people—in front of the facilities of Aparta-Hotel La Isla, with waves of 5 and 6 feet (2.5 meters) in height with aerial attacks from all the finalists.

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The Lighthouse finalists: Inilek, Luke, Icah and Shama

The first event of the Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2010 National Open Series kicked off at the Lighthouse surfing beach along the Port Royal Main Road on Saturday 16 of January.

Top Jamaican surfer Inilek Wilmot, Brother of 2009 National Open Champ Icah Wilmot, walked away with the 1000 points on offer for the win and now leads the points race in the five event series which climaxes in December.

The waves were a foot overhead with a stiff on shore breeze that set up a current running through the line up making conditions very challenging for the fourteen competitors who registered to compete.

The first round saw the lighter breeze and better waves. Heats of four surfers went out for 15 minutes. Judges were looking for demonstrations of speed, power and control with manoeuvres executed in the critical sections of the breaking wave to award maximum points. The standard of surfing was high and the top seeds advanced without difficulty.

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