- 14 October 2008 | Surfing
From November 5th to 9th this year, the only Oxbow World Longboard Tour event in America will take place in San Clemente, CA. This surfing competition will draw the world's 48 best longboarders to clash in the waves of San Onofre.
San Onofre beach is a part of the history of California. People started to surf the break "Old Man's" back in the 1920s. From the days of redwood boards right up to epoxy, “SanO” has always been THE Californian beach and has welcomed most all the prestigious surf legends, such as Duke Kahanamoku, Dale Velzy, "Da Bull" Greg Noll, and many more.
San Onofre State Beach Park, created by Presidential decree in 1971, has five and a half miles of coastline, and is among the top five most-visited state parks in California, with more than 2 million visitors a year.
A beautiful place, a prestigious beach, a spiritual experience -- these are the reasons that drove the Oxbow brand to celebrate longboarding by crowning the 2008 World Longboarding Champion in San Onofre, California.
- 14 October 2008 | Surfing
Russell Winter wins 2008 Elusive Welsh Open in one of the best finals the UK Pro Surf Tour has had too date. The surf, the weather and the performances all came together for a spectacular finally to the weekend’s entertainment.
The old guard of Spencer Hargraves (Newquay) and Russell Winter (Newquay), who both individually have won pretty much every title in the UK and Europe, went up against the new up and coming surfers Matt Capel (S Devon) and Reubyn Ash (Bude). This provided an explosive final with spectacular surfing from all finalists, which included the two highest scoring waves of the event, for Russell Winter 9.83 and Reubyn Ash 9.00. The eventual final placing was first Russell Winter, second Reubyn Ash, third Matt Capel and fourth Spencer Hargraves.
In the Women’s division it was incredibly close throughout the final. But eventually Kathleen Spears (Croyde) managed to pick up the best wave of the heat in the dying seconds to score 7.0 and take the win. Second place went to English Women’s Champion Holly Donnelly (Newquay), Third to Australian Raine Jackson and fourth Bournemouth Surfer Jenny Horbas.
The Pro Junior with a record entry showed how much talent is beginning to emerge in British surfing. An in-form Josh Piper (Newquay) narrowly defeated a charging Reubyn Ash, third place went to Jayce Robinson (St Ives) and fourth Lyndon Wake (Croyde).
Relentless provided a Money Manouvre Award of £250 for the best Cutback at the event, which was held by many of the surfers as the contest progressed, but eventually was claimed by finalist and new ratings leader Matt Capel in his semi final heat.
King of Watersports .com provided a ‘King of the Wave’ prize, a top of the range Sector 8 Skateboard to the surfers, male and female who scored the highest scoring waves throughout the contest. The Women’s Award went to Kathleen Spears, who in her semi final heat scored a 9.07 out of a possible 10 points. The Men’s to eventual Contest winner Russell Winter, who in the final scored 9.83, which included a 10 point scores from two of the judges and a 9.5 from the third.
- 13 October 2008 | Surfing
The Portuguese government announced today the opening of seven surf centres in the country.
Laurentino Dias, the Portuguese secretary of state for youth and sports, attended the third day of the 2008 World Surfing Games and greeted the european waveriders with astonishing news.
«We have to support those sports in which Portugal has good natural conditions, like surfing. So, during the World Surfing Games, I would like to announce that the government will open seven surf centres throughout the country. One will be located here in Costa de Caparica», Laurentino Dias said.