ISA World Surfing Games

The ISA World Surfing Games, one of the most important surf competitions, are less than one month away. The host Portuguese beaches are already feeling the great spectacle that is soon to be: the ISA World Surfing Games that will happen from October 11-19 in the beautiful waves of Costa de Caparica.

Approximately 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation, Portugal, will dispute medals in the following categories:

-Open Men –four members per team-
-Open Women –two members per team-
-Bodyboard Men -two members per team-
-Bodyboard Women –one member per team
-Longboard - one member per team-

An Olympic style spirit will be celebrated during a week-long competition. Participants will be giving all they can for the honor of defending the colors of their countries, and to obtain the greatest glory a surfer or a country can gain: the gold medal in the main event for surfing Federations of the world.

Surfing nations will come together for the twentieth time to test their abilities to show who is more developed in surfing standards.

Worldwide colors will parade in Costa de Caparica, signaling peace and comradeship among the nations of the world and showing during a surfing event that a better world is possible.

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Chris Friend 

Sunshine Coast surfing young gun Chris Friend (Twin Waters) has received a timely confidence boost heading into the business end of the Australasian Pro Junior series, upstaging a 48-strong field of the state’s premier open aged surfers to win the Billabong North Classic at Coolum Beach yesterday.

In the absence of QCC front-runners Corey Ziems (Currumbin), Shaun Gossmann (Burleigh Heads) and Blake Wilson (Alexandra Headlands), who opted to miss the fifth leg of the six round Billabong Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) to compete at the 5-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event in Spain, Friend surfed his way into the state surfing spotlight to bag $2000 and 1000 all-important QCC rating points.

The Sunshine Coast ace let rip in the small 2-3 ft (0.5-1-metre), onshore conditions, blending a high-speed, fluid approach with explosive moves to beat fellow Sunshine Coaster Luke Jory (Sunshine Beach), Yamba ripper Matt Jones (NSW) and Gold Coaster Jamie Thomson (Elanora) in a wave starved, 25-minute final.

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 Tim Boal

After last week’s mass number of events, this week was very quiet with just two men’s ASP WQS and the Boost Mobile Pro, and ASP World Tour event, in Trestles won by Kelly Slater.

Congratulations go out to Tim Boal of France for a great win over fellow Frenchman Joan Duru at the ASP WQS 5-Star Rip Curl Pro in Zarautz on the Basque coast of Spain.

Tim’s win has pushed his points to 11,888, which should be more than enough to see him qualify for the Dream Tour in 2009.

In Western Australia, the ASP WQS 1-Star SunSmart Surfmasters was won by Ben Godwin of New South Wales for the second year in a row.

In the ASP WQS ratings Top 20, only Raoni Monterio (BRA) has ped out making way for Michel Bourez (PYF).

The only big movers this week upwards were Michel Bourez from 26th to 14th, Joan Duru from 49th to 30th and Tim Boal moving from 5th to 3rd with the rest staying the same basically.

There were no major s in the ratings worth mentioning.

The current Top 20 now are:

Curran,Nathaniel USA 1 13200
Davidson,Chris AUS 2 12525
Boal,Tim FRA 3 11888
Gudauskas,Patrick USA 4 11438
Kerr,Josh AUS 5 11325
Weare,David ZAF 6 10675
Nicol,Yadin AUS 7 10500
Courtney,Drew AUS 8 10475
Lipke,Marlon DEU 9 10375
Henrique,Pedro BRA 10 10263
Bettero,Hizunome BRA 11 10150
Khodr,Jihad BRA 12 9888
Pires,Tiago PRT 13 9663
Paulino,Pablo BRA 14 9600
Bourez,Michel PYF 14 9600
MacDonald,Phillip AUS 16 9450
Emslie,Greg ZAF 17 9375
Sedley,Leigh AUS 17 9375
Gossmann,Shaun AUS 19 9363
Garcia,Sunny HAW 20 9350

SOURCE: ASP