Surfing in the Olympics?

The South American Sports Organization (ODESUR) has confirmed that the First South American Beach Games will be held from December 3 to 13 in Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay and Surfing is going to be an official sport in this historic occasion.

Recently, Surfing has taken big strides on the long path towards Olympic Games participacion, something first requested by multi Olympic gold medallist Duke Kahanamoku in 1920. In October 2008 Surfing debuted in the first ever International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized Beach Games that were held in Bali, Indonesia. Surfing was the most popular sport according to visitors’ votes on the official event webpage.

Now, in the first ever South American Beach Games, the Olympic Movement has invited Surfing once again in its newest and more and very promising event.

Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, said about the upcoming event: “The ISA is proud and honored to accept to organize the surfing competitions on this Beach Games. This time aided by the Pan American Surfing Association (PASA) our organization will show the world that Surfing is a key sport for today’s youth.

Surfing and its attractive lifestyle are at the centre of beach culture around the world. The inclusion of surfing in these inaugural Beach Games is a very wise move by ODESUR. Millions of surfers in South America are going to be very supportive of these Games.”

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Surfing Queensland

Following the success of their innovative online payment system, Surfing Queensland today launched a dynamic and user-friendly website that will transform the way the wider surfing community benefits from the State body and its resources.

The new Surfing Queensland website seamlessly combines the innovative online payment system with a number of cutting edge web based technologies, all integrated into an easy to use and visually stimulating interface. While the site has been designed to be both technologically and creatively dynamic, the core purpose of the site is to deliver important content for the general public, amateur surf enthusiasts and professional surfers.

At surfers of all ages and ability levels can access events across the state. Add to that online membership, information on coaching, judging, surf schools, the latest surf news from around the globe, uber-cool videos, and boardriding clubs in a simple, easy-to-navigate manner.

Surfing Queensland has also aligned with surf forecasting gurus Coastalwatch to provide daily surf reports for both the Gold and Sunshine Coast, along with up-to-the-minute news updates from Australia’s Surfing Life (ASL) magazine’s website.

Surfing Queensland Operations Manager Mark Winson is pleased to be launching the new site.

“In this day and age it's important that members and the general public have instant access to the latest information about the sport of surfing,” he said.

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Kelly Slater

Several Australian news sources are considering the chance of Kelly Slater giving up on his title defence, after failing to go through the second round of the 2009 Billabong Pro Teahupoo, in Tahiti.

The 9-time ASP world champion was defeated by Aritz Aranburu and is quoted admitting to quit the 10th title race. After the shock loss, Kelly Slater said that was 'decision time' and he did not want to lose more places in the 2009 ranking.

The american surfer also underlined that it is still possible to conquer the 10th trophy, even with the first bad results, as it happened last year.

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