Canelle Bulard (FRA), 16, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe Grade-1 Women’s Buondi Pro Junior, her maiden Pro Junior title. Bulard, who defeated reigning ASP European Women’s Junior Champion Pauline Ado (FRA) in the final took the best out of the three foot (one meter) waves to win the opening event of the 2008 season and take the lead of the regional ratings.

Bulard, who faced Ado, Marie Dejean (FRA) and Mariana Macedo (FRA) posted a solid 13.17 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to take the win after getting through two rounds today.

"I am so stoked to win the first event of the year », Bulard said. "The waves were a bit messy and we all had a chance to get the title but it ends up well for me."

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Australian surfer Chris Davidson (AUS) crushed South Africa’s hopes of a second ever South African winner at the Mr. Price Pro, defeating ASP World No. 41 Travis Logie (Durban) before a patriotic crowd on New Pier beach in Durban today.

Competing in crumbling one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) onshore surf, arguably more suited to the Australian’s natural-footed stance, Davidson’s powerful front-side surfing saw him out-position his local rival to win the heat with a 16.10 heat total to Logie’s 12.90, jumping to 7th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

“I’m stoked I made the final and beat the local boy,” Davidson said. “It was tough for Travis surfing little right-handers on his backside (right foot forward stance) so it definitely favoured me. I’ve got tens here in the past, but I was the underdog out there today, so it felt good to come home with the win.”

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Nine newly crowned state champions etched their names in surfing folklore today at Bonny Hills in testing 1.5m conditions. With state championships on the line it was all or nothing for competitors on finals day of the NSW Surfmasters – and they didn’t disappoint.

In the blue ribbon division, the Over 28 year’s Men, it was current Australian champion Wayne Hudson (Mid North Coast) who realised his dream of becoming a dual state champion.

“I’m so stoked,” Hudson said after adding another state title to his well-adorned trophy cabinet. “It was my goal before the event to win the title, now I have a Over 28’s title to go with my Open’s trophy,” he said.

Pitted against Joel Gribble (Central Coast), Jeremy Cohen (Central Coast) and Dan Frodsham (Newcastle), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Hudson used a well-polished backhand arsenal to defeat the opposition.

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