- 16 February 2008 | Surfing
New Zealand’s Page Hareb (Taranaki) put a halt to ASP World Junior Champion Sally Fitzgibbons’s (Geroa, NSW) recent winning streak by defeating the Australian in a fiercely fought Final, to win the Billabong Pro Junior Series – Coffs Harbour today.
Competing in powerful one meter waves at Diggers Beach, Hareb opened her account with an excellent 8.75 (out of a possible ten) and followed up with a 7.75 off her very next wave, leaving Fitzgibbons to play catch up for the remainder of their 30-minute heat.
“I was pretty nervous out there,” Hareb admitted. “Sally seems to be winning everything at the moment; she’s right on form so to beat her today was pretty special.”
While Fitzgibbons has won a total of four events this year including the 6-Star ASP World Qualifying Series event at Phillip Island and the ASP World Junior Championships in Sydney, Hareb’s win marked her first of 2008.
“Sally is pretty far ahead of us girls on the ratings so I’m definitely going to need a few more big results to catch her but I’m going to try,” Hareb promised.
“We have a great rivalry - we’re friends on land and always cheer each other on,” Hareb continued, “but when we’re in the water we do our own thing and whoever comes out on top, it’s their day.”
- 15 February 2008 | Surfing
The Swedish surfers, in association with the Swedish Surfing Association, will protest against the plan to destroy a special point for all surfers of the region.
The action will take place on the 13th March. It's one of Sweden's best waves in the harbour of Mölle on the westcoast of Skåne, South of Sweden.
The harbour will build wave stoppers to stop the waves to disturb the guests who are parking their million dollar boats there. Due to lack of money it seems that they will not build as their original plan.
- 14 February 2008 | Surfing
Produced, directed and shot on 16mm and Super8 film by Sally Lundburg and Elizabeth Pepin of Frank Films (frankfilms.net), this unique hour-long documentary examines the life and legacy of Sarah Gerhardt. In February 1999, Sarah became the first woman to surf Maverick's, the monstrous wave that breaks in the freezing waters off Half Moon Bay in Northern California.
Over the years, Maverick's has become the place where big wave surfers come to test their skills in some of the harshest surfing conditions in the world. Sarah's journey to Maverick's was anything but easy. Surfing became her escape from the hardships of home and faith became the guiding force in her life.
One Winter Story traces Sarah's strength and determination to her roots in a beautiful montage of film, voice, memory and emotion. Her journey takes viewers from one fantastic surfing local to another: from the frigid and challenging conditions off the coast of Central California, to the massive walls of water on the Outer Reefs of Hawaii where Sarah became the first woman in the world to tow in surf, and finally, to the ominous conditions at Maverick's in Northern California.