Marc Lacomare 

Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-1 Vans Pro Junior today in consistent two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at San Sebastian in front of a massive crowd. Lacomare, who defeated Reubyn Ash (GBR), Adrien Toyon (REU) and Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA) in a 35-minute battle, secured his second victory of the season after the ASP Grade-3 Rip Curl Pro Junior in Portugal last April.

Lacomare, who dominated the event with several high scores including an impressive 17.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to win the final, was a standout on the final day and left his opponents in need of a combination of two waves to catch up with him in the 35-minute decider.

"So stoked to get another win this year", Lacomare said. "I had a shocker in the Canarian event and was looking to gain confidence back and this win is sweet. A good revenge for me."

Lacomare jumps back to second on the overall ASP European Junior ratings’ and remains in contention for the regional crown. He will still be chasing several big results if he wants to stay in the race with ratings’ leader Maxime Huscenot (REU).

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Malia Manuel 

Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 14, has claimed the GO211 LIVE featuring the Women’s Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill over fellow finalist Coco Ho. Both young Hawaiians are making ASP history as the youngest finalists ever at the Huntington Beach Pier for the U.S. Open of Surfing.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event saw some incredible performances today, but none as impressive as the young Hawaiians taking down some of the biggest names in professional surfing.

“I’m so stoked right now,” Manuel said. “My sponsors gave me the wildcard into this event and I was just happy to be here. To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the Final with my friend Coco (Ho) is just something I would have never dreamed of.”

Sticking to her game plan throughout the event, Manuel started strong in the opening moments of the Final, securing two lengthy righthanders to post solid scores while her opponent struggled to find her footing in the challenging afternoon conditions.

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Kirk Hammet 

Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica has become an avid surfer in the past few years and as the band is nearing completion on their upcoming album "Death Magnetic" is it possible Kirk and his wife Lani are thinking about business endeavors outside Metallica?

Hammett recently revealed he has had initial thoughts of starting a clothing line geared toward the surfing industry: "I've actually thought of a sportswear line, surf clothing line. I have the name and it's so good I'm not even going to tell you guys. But yeah, I have big plans. Whether they actually find the time to actually come to the surface remains to be seen."

Metallica are in the final stages of their highly anticipated album "Death Magnetic" which is set for release September 16th. The band has enlisted the services of producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin and the band will be releasing the album as a box set dubbed 'The Coffin Box' which contains a Documentary DVD, bonus tracks and collectibles for their fans.

Metallica are currently touring Europe in support of "Death Magnetic".