Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) has won his third event on the 2008 ASP World Tour after eliminating C.J. Hobgood in the final of the Globe Pro Fiji held in six foot (two metre) waves at Cloudbreak. Slater remains the only member of the ASP Top 45 to win an event this year – the last ASP World Tour event held in Tahiti was won by a wildcard.

“I don’t think I’ve ever won three out of the first four events on tour,” Slater said. “I’ve won the first two a couple times but I think this is the first time I’ve ever done this. Being the only guy on tour to win an event is pretty odd – I don’t think there has ever been that situation on tour. I know [Tom] Curren and Potts [Martin Potter] both won the first three, but I don’t think a wildcard filled in that fourth one.”

Slater has now extended his ASP ratings lead with Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Bede Durbidge (AUS) maintaining their World No. 2 and 3 spots behind him.

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Dungeons, means ice-cold water, thick, undulating kelp beds that cover the inside waters, abundant sea life, including a few local sharks that prey on the seal colony and of course big waves.

South African based surfer Chris Bertish was brave enough to take on one of the gnarliest waves in South Africa on a Naish Stand Up 10'6" and almost made it.

The photo speaks for itself ... pretty sick!

Source: Naish

Bruce Irons has announced that he will leave the ASP World Championship Tour no matter how he finishes in the 2008 year end ratings. "I'm going back to being a freesurfer," Bruce says. "It's what I was meant to do."
  
Although this was a difficult decision, Bruce is confident that his choice to leave competition behind is the right one. "I prefer to go back to how I started my whole surfing trip, which is to go on surf trips and make videos." Volcom is 100% supportive in Bruce's decision and we're looking forward to the next step in his career.

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