Josh Kerr

A champion was crowned today on the final day of the Rip Curl MP Classic presented by Air Asia X at Duranbah Beach.

There was no shortage of action on and off the beach as the Rip Curl Surfboard Festival kicked off at Marine Parade Coolangatta in conjunction with the MP Classic.

As swell increased for day two of competition so did the surfing performances with competitors raising the level as Australian surfing icon Michael Peterson looked on.

Gold Coast surfers continued to dominate in the tricky 1 metre (3 feet) ENE conditions demonstrating local knowledge at their home break highlighting the importance of a win at the most prestigious regional event in Queensland.

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Australia Surfing Team

Team Australia continued its dominance of the junior surfing scene, winning the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champions for a fifth consecutive year in New Zealand today.

In dramatic fashion, wins to Lennox Head's Tyler Wright and Port Macquarie's Matt Banting lifted Team Australia into the top spot.

Coming into the final day of competition ranked second behind Hawaii, Australia rallied to finish in the lead with 6015-points nearly 1000 clear of Hawaii (5038) in second and the USA (4958) in third.
Australia's win is also their sixth team's title victory since the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was launched eight years ago in 2003.

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Todos Santos Big Wave Event

This is a unique surfing competition that will only be held in big surf with waves exceeding 30 foot face. This event is a Paddle-in competition (no tow in) where huge waves will only be faced with raw human force and pure athletic and mental ability!

Surfers from around the world will compete in this 1 day event and will be judged on the size of the waves they surf with a simple reference point: “Risks equals rewards”.

Surfers will compete for the Todos Big Wave Champion title as well as a minimum prize-money of $10,000. All the best big waves riders will be looking forward for the event as another occasion to push themselves and establish their dominance. The prize money is a reward to their dedication and courage while it allows them to live simply of their passion for riding big waves.

Extra incentive for the surfers are points going toward the newly created Big Wave World Tour which will crown a Big Wave World Champion in April 2010 based on the results all international big wave events held during the season.

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