Brazilian wildcard Bruno Santos has defeated local wildcard Manoa Drollet (PYF) to win the Billabong Pro Tahiti and become the first Brazilian to win an ASP World Tour event in five years. “I’m really happy, my dreams just came true,” Santos said. “Today is not the perfect day to surf the final, but I don’t care I’m still happy. It’s still the best day of my life.”

Santos, who earned his spot in the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a runner-up finish in the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials held prior to the main event, got the better of local Teahupoo specialist Drollet in their low scoring affair. Santos beat Drollet 9.16 to 6.83 on a borrowed surfboard in inconsistent three-foot (one metre) waves.

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Greg Emslie took control in tricky conditions to win a coveted WQS title in the 1 Star ASP WQS Men’s division at the Lizzard Nando’s Surf Pro, presented by the Weekend Witness. Lizzard sponsored team rider Nikita Robb was also able to overcome the challenging conditions at Durban’s North Beach to claim the Surfing South Africa (SSA) Pro Surf Tour (PST) 2A rated Women’s division.

The men’s final, contested by Greg Emslie and Dan Redman, was an understandably tight affair with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions. Redman, who won this competition in 2005, opened the scoring and put the pressure on Emslie. He responded well, however, and unleashed a combination of scoring waves which would eventually prove to be too much for Redman to handle. Emslie was the first to admit that “conditions weren’t too good”, but he “had a really good board” which no doubt made it easier to deal with the conditions. The victory means so much more to Emslie because “all the guys here are such high caliber surfers”.

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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