Gabriel Medina

Improved three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf graced the sandbanks at North Narrabeen today, allowing for some incredible displays of surfing prowess from the world’s best juniors as the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy blitzed through Round 2 and the opening 11 heats of Round 3.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16, who gained entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships via a wildcard from ASP International, blew the door down today, posting a near perfect 19.57 out of a possible 20 to take down Dean Bowen (AUS) and advance through to Round 4.

“I’m just happy to be here in Australia and competing in this event,” Medina said. “I’m very happy to get through this heat and I hope I can keep going. It is a big event – the biggest – and to win here would mean everything.”

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The Ultimate Wave, featuring Kelly Slater

Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Filmed in Tahiti and among the islands of French Polynesia, the film showcases dramatic giant screen surfing action in a unique Pacific paradise.

Kelly Slater and a group of friends arrive in Tahiti. With their host, Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer they will seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at the famed surf site Teahupo’o.

Kelly and Raimana share a passion for the waves, but different ideas about what surfing means: is it a modern competitive sport or an ancient Polynesian wave-riding art? Either way, if the right conditions arise, they hope to surf some unique giant barrels created by storm swells breaking atop the shallow reef.

As the surfer’s quest unfolds, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves and the islands that lie in their path. In stylized animated segments, the audience is propelled into the cosmos to discover the sources of a wave’s energy; and then back to Earth to witness the swirling dance of the atmosphere that will transfer energy deep into the ocean and shape a wave’s long journey across thousands of miles of open Pacific.

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Federación de Surf de Costa Rica

For the first time ever, the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar (CNS), will have a tournament at the beach Palo Seco de Parrita, which will take place on January 16 and 17.

Called the Torneo LimeCoral, this will be the second date of the 2009-2010 season, and it will be a 4-star event awarding 1,500 points to the winners in each category. Palo Seco de Parrita is one of the two new beaches in the Circuito—the other being Cocoles in Limon, which is the next date.

Palo Seco de Parrita is a beach break that is often welcoming surges during the year, including the one expected during Torneo LimeCoral. The contest, which will take place in front of the facilities of Aparta-Hotel La Isla, is set to unite the best surfers from the zones of Parrita, Esterillos and Quepos, who may not often frequent the Circuito championship.

For this date, the Municipality of Parrita contributed a generous amount towards the Circuito DayStar, with organization towards tourism in the zone frequented by surfers and non-surfers both.

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