Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge

Australia’s top Boardriding Clubs have converged onto the Gold Coast for the 25th anniversary year of Australia’s most prestigious, largest and longest running Boardriding Club national event – The Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge.

Right on time these clubs have fallen into the Gold Coast seasons first official cyclone swell with Tropical Cyclone Innis pushing in a near perfect 4ft easterly swell onto the Gold Coast points and beaches and the surfers are simply loving the warm up conditions before tomorrow’s official start.

Defending champions and host club Kirra will again be the team to beat, particularly with the current swell conditions but like every year, the depth and talent from the visiting clubs who come in from all over Australia is super strong and whoever takes the title will join a long list of outstanding clubs - The past three years have seen different champions with Le-Ba (Lennox/Ballina) successful in 2007 and Byron Bay the champions of 2006.

This years event encompasses thirty six  Boardriding clubs which includes one boardriding club from Bali with a competitive total of 288 surfers across all clubs.

Just a small sample of the  outstanding talents expected to line up for their beloved clubs this weekend include Adam Melling, Stuart Kennedy, James Wood (Le-Ba), Asher Pacey, Corey Ziems, Clancy Dawson, Jesse Allen, Mitch Hayes, Jack Freestone and  Dale Richards (Kirra) along with numerous others from across Australia.


Surfing South Australia 

After the huge success of the 2008 Fantastic Cup Pro Junior Surfing event at Waitpinga Beach in South Australia, Fantastic Snacks have committed to supporting the junior state surfing titles through most parts of Australia.

The national surfing state titles series are the breeding ground for the next generation of professional surfers in Australia, with current two times world champion Stephanie Gilmore and 2007 mens world champion Mick Fanning both making their way to the top by first surfing in the state titles

The sponsorship covers 10 events in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, 14 regional junior surfing titles events in NSW, plus the re-signing of a even bigger South Australian Pro Junior event in July.

Surfing South Australia, Chief Executive Officer Steve Reddy views the sponsorship as a win for surfing nation wide, and a big step forward for South Australia brokering a national deal, considering it is a smaller surfing state.

"Surfing South Australia is extremely proud to have developed a partnership with Fantastic Snacks that will have far reaching positive effects on the Australian junior surfing scene".  said Mr Reddy.

"With foresight commitment  Fantastic Snacks  are backing junior surfing to a whole new level demonstrating the mainstream popularity and high standing of the surfing within the youth market.

Fantastic Snacks Managing Director, Mr Maurice Crotti, is also thrilled to align his brand with surfing.

"Fantastic is privileged to lend its support to the State Junior Surfing Titles," he said.


Surfing in Dubai

Surfing in Dubai has not been banned but surfers found in the swimming area of Umm Suquiem 2 beach, near Jumeirah Beach Hotel, may be fined.

The newly cordoned off swimming area is at the centre of the surfing hot-spot frequented by hundreds of surfers.

Dubai Municipality's Coastal Management Section confirmed to Gulf News that no official ban has been issued on surfing at the popular beach.

"I have not issued any ban because there are surfers already there, we know they are there," said Alia Al Harmoudi, head of the coastal zone and waterways management section at the environment department of Dubai Municipality.

However surfers found in the new swimming zone may face fines. "A lot of people are swimming there and it is a safety issue," she said.

Surfers are hoping to co-exist with swimmers on the beach during the few winter months, from November to March, as the swell is suitable for surfing.

Dubai resident and surfer Scott Chambers, 25, head of surf school Surf Dubai, received a Dh200 fine last week by Dubai Municipality for surfing in a newly demarcated swimming zone - also the only surf spot in the emirate. "There is a real community of surfers here and this is the only place we can come. After speaking to the authorities I hope that we can share the beach with swimmers in the safest way possible," he said. "I would really like to work with the municipality to have a dedicated area for surfers."