Australian surfer Chris Davidson (AUS) crushed South Africa’s hopes of a second ever South African winner at the Mr. Price Pro, defeating ASP World No. 41 Travis Logie (Durban) before a patriotic crowd on New Pier beach in Durban today.

Competing in crumbling one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) onshore surf, arguably more suited to the Australian’s natural-footed stance, Davidson’s powerful front-side surfing saw him out-position his local rival to win the heat with a 16.10 heat total to Logie’s 12.90, jumping to 7th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

“I’m stoked I made the final and beat the local boy,” Davidson said. “It was tough for Travis surfing little right-handers on his backside (right foot forward stance) so it definitely favoured me. I’ve got tens here in the past, but I was the underdog out there today, so it felt good to come home with the win.”

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Nine newly crowned state champions etched their names in surfing folklore today at Bonny Hills in testing 1.5m conditions. With state championships on the line it was all or nothing for competitors on finals day of the NSW Surfmasters – and they didn’t disappoint.

In the blue ribbon division, the Over 28 year’s Men, it was current Australian champion Wayne Hudson (Mid North Coast) who realised his dream of becoming a dual state champion.

“I’m so stoked,” Hudson said after adding another state title to his well-adorned trophy cabinet. “It was my goal before the event to win the title, now I have a Over 28’s title to go with my Open’s trophy,” he said.

Pitted against Joel Gribble (Central Coast), Jeremy Cohen (Central Coast) and Dan Frodsham (Newcastle), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Hudson used a well-polished backhand arsenal to defeat the opposition.

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In keeping with its National Development Plan to have surfing available as a sport of choice to all Jamaicans, the Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) is endorsing the Jamnesia Surf Club’s initiative to offer a Summer Learn to Surf Camp program for Children between the ages of 7 and 15.

State of the art training boards will be used by JSA’s International Surfing Association (ISA) certified coaches to conduct the summer camp.

The camp which will have a limit of ten participants per week will run from July through August. The camp’s activities will include learning and honing of surfing skills, the history and theory behind international and Jamaican surfing, the rules of competitive surfing, basic water safety skills and knowledge, good ambassadorship skills, environmental awareness and the surfer’s role in protecting the environment.

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