They say life starts at 40, and if this truly is the case then this year’s edition of the Mr. Price Pro is set to be the best yet. Founded in 1969, the event formerly known as the Gunston 500, has brought the world’s top surfers to Durban’s shores for four decades and 2008 will be no different.

Over 200 international surfers are set to converge at New Pier Beach for the ninth edition of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Mr. Price Pro, which kicks off from June 27-July 6, 2008.

Marking the halfway stage on the prestigious ASP WQS (the qualifier for the top tier ASP World Tour), the 6-Star rated Mr. Price Pro will see tensions running high as surfers contend for valuable ASP ratings points and a spot among the world’s Top 45 surfers at the end of the year.

Sunny Garcia (HAW), 1992 Gunston 500 Champion and 2000 ASP World Champion, has been granted a wildcard entry into this year’s Mr. Price Pro and will be gunning for a solid result in the hope to return to top tier competition.

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This weekend marks the grand opening of Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark at Silver Mountain. The new park adds the thrills of surfing, sliding, tubing, and other wet and wild fun to the high country. With plenty of snow still on the mountain, resort-goers will be able to ski on the mountain during the day Saturday and come down to surf the waterpark by night.

“It began with the construction of the ski hill, then condominium lodging in the Gondola Village in 2004 and is coming to fruition and is being completed with the opening of Silver Rapids Waterpark,” said Neal Scholey, Silver Mountain Resort Real Estate Sales Manager.

The new waterpark is nearly the size of a football field. It includes body and tube slides, skylight, a lazy river, family raft slide, kid’s activity lagoon, and the ultimate in aquatic attractions – a FlowRider Surf Wave. In just 10 seconds, 10,000 gallons of surging water is released into the FlowRider’s wave box, combining the thrills of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding all in a wet, wild, and – best of all – safe environment. The FlowRider is covered in foam padding so that when a surfer loses the wave, the wipe-out is cushioned.

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The Australian surfing team has won the most prestigious tournament on the planet for surfers under the age of 18, the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, for the third consecutive time. This historic deed was achieved in the perfect waves of Le Penon beach. They provided the best conditions of the entire event, with large and perfect four to six foot faces.

Today four rounds of the repercharge and one of the main event in each division were held to determine surfers for the grand finals. The gold in the Under 18 Boys was won by the Brazilian, Alejo Muniz, in the Under 16 Boys by Tamaroa McComb of Tahiti, and in the Girls’, by Laura Enever of Australia, all of whom were crowned ISA World Junior Champions.

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