The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that results for the 2008 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship anti doping tests all came back negative where all finalists were tested. 

This years event saw competitors ages 35 and over from 17 different nations from around the world.  The competition took place over 6 days and concluded with South Africa taking home the team championship.

The Masters division was won by Juan Ashton (PRC), Grandmasters Rob Page (AUS), Kahunas Mark Wright (ZAF), Grand Kahunas Chris Knutsen (ZAF), and Women’s Masters Heather Clark (ZAF). 

The ISA is committed to a doping-free sport by performing anti doping testing at all ISA events and complying with its Anti Doping Code which is based on the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) code. 

Source: ISA

Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour, AUS) was crowned Oxbow WLT pres. by Orange Champion today in good two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves at Les Dunes, south to the main venue of Les Cavaliers, and takes the lead on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour (WLT) ratings. Ingleby, 24, who defeated rising French star Antoine Delpero (FRA) at his home beach of Anglet, won the 35-minute final cheered by the Australian contingent in front of a numerous French crowd. 

Ingleby, who defeated reigning ASP World Longboard Champion Phil Rajzman (BRA) in the semifinals, posted a solid 16.65 point heat tally to best Delpero’s 14.50 point score (both out of a possible 20) in the last heat of the week.

“I am the happiest kid in the world right now,” Ingleby said. “I had a very testing semifinal against Phil and that win gave me a lot of confidence for the final. I found the better waves against Antoine (Delpero) and it ends up just perfectly for me in the final.”

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Jesse Merle-Jones (North Shore, HI) has taken out the inaugural Koastalkaos.com Pro in rippable three-to-four foot (metre) surf in Oceanside today over fellow finalists Shey Yates (Carlsbad, CA), Jason Miller (San Clemente, CA) and Sunny Garcia (North Shore, HI „³ San Clemente, CA).

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 1-Star event culminated the weekend’s worth of competition today at Oceanside Harbor’s North Jetty, and despite deteriorating conditions this afternoon, the finalists put on quite a show.

Merle-Jones built momentum throughout the day, securing the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.0 out of a possible 10 in his Quarterfinal heat this morning, and the powerful goofy-footer proved the goods in the hard-fought final, utilizing his compact frame and impressive rail work to come away with the win.

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