Bede Durbidge

The final stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters, will commence this morning at 9am in three-to-five–foot (1 – 1.5 metre) conditions at the famous break of the Banzai Pipeline and will whittle the field down from the eight remaining Quarterfinalists to crown a champion by day’s end.

“We have a building swell and three-to-five foot conditions right now so we’ll be getting underway at 9am,” Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. “We expect to be commencing the Finals some time around 1pm.”

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Stephanie Gilmore

Think you have what it takes to be the next Stephanie Gilmore?? Well, come along to the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina from January 18-22 to surf and hang out with undoubtedly the best woman surfer in the world.

The Surfing Australia HPC is excited to announce the weeklong camp that will be open to 16 lucky 8-17 year old girls. The application process is first in best dressed, and will give aspiring surfers a fantastic opportunity to train with the coaches that helped shape Gilmore’s professional career.

The 3 x World Champion commented on the HPC saying, “The Surfing Australia HPC has all the right facilities and ingredients to help fuel Australia’s future sport stars. The team down there really provide the best information to achieve top results and have helped myself and many of my peers become not just surfers but professional athletes”

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Brazil take the South American Beach Games in great style

The Surfing competition of the 1st South American Beach Games came to an end today, Sunday, December 13, in a true Olympic spirit.

The winners’ flags waved at the podium and the gold medal country anthems were played. It was a great surfing day, with waves reaching six-foot with good conditions.

The Brazilian Team was the standout, winning the gold in the two divisions held today: Aloha Cup and Air Show, achieving with this, three out of the four gold medals in contention of the entire surfing competition.

Gabriel Medina (BRA) posted the highest scores in the Air Show qualification heats and went to the final as the man to beat. Once in the last heat of the day, and after landing a massive aerial maneuver that gave him a 9.17 he confirmed why he was considered the favorite and jumped to the first place to win the gold medal. The silver went to Peruvian Matías Mulanovich and bronze to Argentinean Martín Passeri.

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