APT Chile 2008 

It was a long six month holding period with three major amber alerts. Finally mother nature came to the table and delivered a solid 12’-15’ Hawaiian scale swell for the APT/Chile, Pichilemu World Cup Tow-In Event.

APT event directors decided to go to Chile on Oct. 20th to monitor three potential swells in hopes of capturing the right swell for the first leg of the APT World Tour Tow-In Surfing Circuit 2008. On Oct. 31st. the last of three swells remaining in the holding period finally came and the first event of the 2008/2009 tour season was under way.

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Bebe Durbidge

Bede Durbidge (AUS), 25, claimed his third ASP World Tour career win with a victory at the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Imbituba, Brazil, today. Durbidge beat France’s Jeremy Flores 17.76 to 9.86.

“I was totally in rhythm with the waves and Jeremy was on the other side of it,” Durbidge said. “I just tried to pick up those rights. I didn’t really get a good score on the lefts the whole time, so I was hunting those rights and also tried to get good waves in the beginning and surf relaxed. I felt great today, Jeremy was surfing so good and I knew that I had to push my turns.”

Durbidge reclaims the World No. 2 position he held earlier in the year with the win, and heading into the last event of the year in Hawaii as the defending champion, has a good shot at finishing runner-up to nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). He was rated 4th going into the event.

“It is pretty cool,” Durbidge said. “I’m second to Kelly at the moment and he’s my hero so I am stoked. I will try to put everything and all of my energy into finishing the year that way so let’s see what happens.”

Previous to his 1st place finish today, the best Durbidge had done in Brazil was equal 9th.

“It feels awesome,” Durbidge said. “Brazil definitely has one of the best crowds on tour, the fans are just great and I had an incredible day.”

The final berth against Durbdige was Flores’ first. The 20-year-old was the youngest surfer in history to qualify for the ASP World Tour, and in just his second year on tour, has already proven himself. Unfortunately for him, Durbidge was unstoppable today.

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Bar Refaeli 

Leonardo di Caprio's girlfriend Bar Refaeli is the new face of Hurley's surfwear line.

“Hurley does everything with a lot of genuine heart,” she said, “and I love that Hurley’s beach culture lifestyle incorporates fashion and makes it look and feel sexy and effortless. Every time I travel, I pack their pieces so I have the Hurley culture with me wherever I go.” 

Bar Refaeli just joined the Young Contemporary, a collection created for young women to integrate Hurley into their wardrobe with her own personal style. The campaign, which was shot by David Mushegain, debuted in October and will be shown through 2009.

“Anyone can hire a model,” said Lyndsey Roach, Hurley’s VP, marketing. “We wanted to do something different (for Young Contemporary). She lives this lifestyle.”

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