Dane Bird: 'sorry, Occy''

Australian surfer Dane Bird celebrated his 23rd birthday today by eliminating former world champion Mark Occhilupo on day three of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star rated Burton Toyota Pro.

But there remains some doubt as to whether he will continue surfing in the event or attend the funeral of his grandmother who passed away last Saturday.

The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in Brisbane and Bird is torn between competing and being with his family.

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First Point: who's the next surfer in line?

The idyllic surf town of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is set to stage the largest surf festival in the world, when the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing 2010 presented by Golden Breed kicks off from March 14 -21.

Now in it’s 19th year, the Festival to be staged around two of the world’s perfect longboarding waves First Point and Noosa West (Access 12), will host over 700 competitors across 20 divisions ranging from the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (Pro), to Amateur, Stand-up Paddle and Specialty divisions.

“The entry field this year has been unprecedented,” said festival director Phil Jarratt from Noosa this week. “We have an exceptionally strong Pro field in the Men’s division and the specialty Noserider trials and Suncorp Stand-up Paddle events have seen a surge in entries this year. With many of the world’s top athletes competing, next week’s festival promises to showcase some of the finest surfing as well as entertainment for the whole family.”

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Storm Surfers: a scary moment

Storm Surfers - New Zealand is the sequel to the highly successful Storm Surfers - Dangerous Banks.

This time big wave surfing legends Ross Clarke-Jones and two time world champion Tom Carroll will be hunting waves off the South Island of New Zealand.

They are aiming to test new GPS and impact technologies and to work up new designs of their boards with advanced wave testing. And of course there will be the usual antics.

They will attempt to tow-in to a 4,000 foot ski slope on their big-wave boards, search for dinosaurs in remote national parks and hunt a pig for a traditional Hangi feast.

Storm Surfers - Dangerous Banks Premiered in 2008 on Discovery Channel in Australia and across Asia. It was a huge success and has since gone on to sell in to Europe and North America. Storm Surfers examines the phenomenon of big waves, the science behind them, the adventure of chasing them and the surfers who ride them in conditions that could kill.

Filmed in stunning High Definition, Storm Surfers puts the viewer right on the board as Ross and Tom test the limits of physical endurance and master their fear in pursuit of the ultimate ride.

The Storm Surfers journey never ends. This site is the centre of the Storm Surfers universe and the place for alerts and plans for new missions and targets. It is also where you’ll get the latest videos and shots from every mission and blogs from Ross and Tom.

Source: Storm Surfers