Pe’ahi World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship

The Association of Professional Towsurfers (APT) is proud to announce that Mormaii, a Brazilian based surf clothing and product company has signed on as the Title Sponsor of the Mormaii Pe’ahi World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship.

This will be the last event of the 2008/2009 series and with this event, the APT will crown its second annual World Champion tow-in surfing team.

“We are gaining momentum with the APT World Tour and believe the support we have from the athletes has been crucial to our success” says APT Founder and President Eric Akiskalian.

Eric went further to say, “We are blessed by an incredible sponsor in Mormaii and we have a solid Event Director in ‘Handsome Bugga’ Rodney Kilborn, APT’s Vice President who has directed tow-in events at Pe’ahi in 1997 and in 2002.”

APT Invite List:
1. Koby Abberton / Ryan Hipwood - AUS
2. Danilo Couto / Rodrigo Resende - BRA
3. Evarldo 'Pato' Texeira / Yuri Soledad - BRA/HI
4. Sylvio Mancusi / Edilson Assuncau - BRA
5. Diego Medina / Critobal Gonzales - CHI
6. Grant 'Twiggy' Baker / Greg Long - SA/CA
7. Jamie Mitchell / James Watson - AUS
8. Scott Chandler / Chuck Patterson - CA
9. Carlos Burle / Eraldo Gueiros - BRA
10. Alastair Mennie / Andrew Cotton - IRE
11. Tyler Fox / Shane Desmond - CA
12. Makua Rothman / Ikaika Kalama - HI
13. Mike Parsons / Brad Gerlach - CA
14. Garrett McNamara / Kealii Mamala - HI
15. Jamie Sterling / Mark Visser - HI
16. Sion Milosky / Dustin Barca - HI
17. Myles Padaka / Felipe Espiritu - HI
18. Archie Kalepa / Buzzy Kerbox - HI
19. Ross Clark Jones / Tony Ray - AUS
20. Ian Walsh / Shane Dorian - HI
21. Jamie O'Brian / Troy Alotis - HI
22. Kaleo Amadeo /  Nalu Wallace - HI
23. Anthony Tashnick / Darryl 'Flea' Virostko - CA
24. Wild Card

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Bells Beach 

The Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival has been granted funding for a further three years by the Victorian Government leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2011 the Premier John Brumby announced yesterday at Bells Beach.

Mr Brumby and the Sports and Recreation Minister, James Merlino met with two-time World Champion and Rip Curl Pro Contest Director Damien Hardman at Bells Beach today to make the announcement.

“The Rip Curl Pro is a major draw card on a dynamic calendar of major events including the Melbourne Grand Prix, Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final,” Mr Brumby said.

“That’s why I am delighted to announce that the Victorian Government will support the Rip Curl Pro for a further three years, delivering on our commitment to building on Victoria’s world-class major events.”

Mr Merlino congratulated event organisers for supporting both men’s and women’s surfing at the annual Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival.

“It creates an exciting platform to celebrate excellence in sport and attracts strong tourism to the region,” Merlino said.

Rip Curl Group Advertising and Marketing Chairman Neil Ridgway said Rip Curl was excited to extend its relationship with Victoria for a further three years and to have the world’s most prestigious surfing contest sit in the Victorian ‘Hallmark Events’ program sanctioned the Rip Curl Pro as elite.

“This partnership helps to cement both men’s and women’s professional surfing for the next three years and that is very important for both ASP world tours. Rip Curl sees surfers as equal no matter what their gender and that attitude is epitomized in the Rip Curl Pro.”

Surfing Victoria Rip Curl Pro Event Director Max Wells welcomed the announcement.

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Roxy Sunset Pro 

Despite slightly improved surf in the three-to-four foot (1 metre) range on offer at Sunset Beach this morning, another lay day has been called for the Roxy Pro citing inconsistent conditions.

Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach marks the second stop on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (an ASP Specialty Series), but today’s sporadic pulses in swell and the forecast of increasing surf coming throughout the next days prompted event organizers to call competition off for the day.

“The swell we have been tracking hasn’t properly arrived yet so we’ve called competition off for the day,” Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Event Director, said. “We expect this swell to fill in a bit more throughout the day and will be back tomorrow morning at 7am to make another call.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am local time for a possible 8am start.

The waiting period for the Roxy Pro Sunset runs through December 6, 2008.

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