Surfers Bible 

Six years ago, Bible Society and Christian Surfers International (CSI) published the first Surfers Bible. It was an instant hit on the surfing scene with some remarkable results.

“I was in hospital after a severe surfing accident and the only thing I had to read was the Surfers Bible,” said professional bodyboarder, Glenn Thurston.

“By the end of my recovery I had not only healed of my injury, but I had come to a faith in Christ,” he said. First published in 2002, the Surfers Bible has had amazing success with over 75,000 copies distributed around the world.

“Surfing is growing at a phenomenal rate all over the world and has become a world youth icon synonymous with excitement, freedom and a way of connecting with nature,” said Brett Davis, Christian Surfers International Director.

“However, the catch is that surfers tend to worship the creation rather than the creator. In fact Australians are more likely to surf than attend church regularly, so it is vital to connect with them and help them,” Brett said.

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Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, made ASP History today as the youngest ever winner of an ASP World Tour event, defeating fellow finalist Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, at the Beachley Classic in peaky two foot (1 metre) waves at Manly Beach.

Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was treated to dramatic action all week, with the increased 20% ratings points wreaking havoc on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title race before culminating in Wright’s historic win.

“This is easily the best day of my life,” Wright said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”

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World Surfing Games 2008 

The 22nd edition of the ISA World Surfing Games started today in five foot waves at the beaches of Costa de Caparica. The first and second round of the Longboard division, along with round one of the mens and women’s Bodyboard were held. 

With the sun shining in the touristic Portuguese town, a great crowd witnessed colored sand painted by the flags of the “United Nations” of Surfing. Good waves and the world’s best athletes led to an  an amazing first day of competition. 

The favorites - Australia, Brazil, United States, France and South Africa - reigned in their heats, while some developing nations came with surprises, such as Gidesio Ludovisi (Italy) who placed second in Bodyboard, sending the top rated Damian Prisk (Great Britain) to repecharge.  Also unexpected, Mark Jucker (Switzerland) placed second in his heat, outscoring Walter Gatger (Costa Rica) and Nicolas Chiara (Argentina).

The best performance of the day was done by Antoine Deplero (France) who earned applauses from the beach surfing in the Longboard division. The applauses were well deserved after walking gracefully on his board and packing a great right with maneuvers. He received a 10 from the judges that was backed up with an also excellent 8.83.

Delpero later went on to win his second round heat, scoring a 9.5 and a 7.83, enabling him to join the list of eight longboarders yet to lose. “The day was pretty good; this brings a lot of confidence to me. Let’s hope to keep it this way,” Delpero said. Regarding the event spirit, he added: “This is a great competition because we’re all together and we make a good team. Ours is really good and really united. This gives you a lot of power.”

In perfect and consistent overhead rights, the other standouts of the division were Taylor Jensen from United States, current World Champ Phil Rajzman from Brazil and 2006 Gold Medallist Matthew Moir from South Africa. They join Delpero to the third round.

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