Kelly Slater: show time

The second of 10 stops of the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, has completed Round 1 despite challenging conditions and has seen nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 38, and ASP World Tour Rookie Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, lead their fellow American ASP Dream Tour contingent through to Round 3 with solid Round 1 victories.

With the 45 man field currently representing the ASP World Tour roster being cut to 32 after event No. 5 of the season, a keeper result at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will play a crucial role in surfer’s chances of requalification for their chance at this year’s ASP World Title.

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Antoine Delpero: alone in the dark

Antoine Delpero (FRA) today claimed The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Goanna Pro Tapia 2010 with a comfortable win over Alexis Deniel (FRA) to take out his first Goanna Pro Tapia title.

On a day where huge seas and wild winds forced event organisers to postpone proceedings until late in the afternoon today’s victory also entitles Delpero to the ASP European Longboard title.

Stormy 8-10ft (2.5-3m) waves pounded the coast throughout the day and with rain, hail, strong cross-shore winds the final heats were held up until high tide at the main beach break in Tapia.

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Stephanie Gilmore: Bells Beach Queen

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has claimed the 2010 Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta over opponent Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, in a hard-fought Final.

Event No. 2 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro came to a dramatic close today, with the unstoppable, young Australian collecting her third Bells Title in four attempts.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed by this,” Gilmore said. “To ring the bell once is an amazing feeling, but three times? I don’t think the gravity of it has sunk in yet. It’s an incredible event and I feel very fortunate to have achieved such success here so far.”

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