In what many consider the best competitive surfing rivalry of this millennium, 8x ASP World Champion and current ratings leader on the ASP World Tour Kelly Slater (USA) and 3x ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) reunited and were spotted trading barrels at Rifles in the Mentawai Islands of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia last week.

The session went down from 2pm to 7pm on Monday, June 30, 2008 with sets pulsing through in the solid six foot (2 metre) range, and in addition to Slater and Irons going blow for blow, Hawaiian charger Ross Williams and former ASP World Champion Martin Potter (GBR) were also getting in the mix.

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If you’re between 15-19 years old, live in NSW and dream of one day becoming a professional surfer like Aussie World Champion Mick Fanning, then get your wax out and your board ready cos’ Red Bull is on the lookout for the next big name in surfing!

Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, presented by Mick Fanning, is a first time event being held in NSW this July and August giving young surfers an amazing opportunity to go head-to-head with Australia’s best Junior Pro surfers. The first prize is the biggest ever awarded for a junior surf event in Australia and is designed to help up-and-coming surfers launch their pro career into the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and beyond!

How it works is that a series of five qualifying events will take place in various NSW locations. The top four surfers from each event (20 in total) will then be invited to battle it out on the water at the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters Trials to be held at Queenscliff on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, on Friday 29th August, 2008.

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The Movistar Pantin Classic, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, officially announced its upgrade from a 3-Star to a 5-Star rated competition in the men's division, and will take place from September 2nd to 7th this year.

Pantin, which has been witnessing surfing's greatest talents for almost twenty years now including former 3X ASP World Champion Tom Curren (USA) in the 1990's and current ASP World Tour top surfer CJ Hobgood (USA), is back on the ASP schedule as a crucial stop for the world's best male WQS campaigners.

By upgrading its event to 5 Stars, the Pantin Classic will give all WQS professional surfers including European top representatives another opportunity to clinch valuable ratings' points towards a possible qualification for next year's ASP Top 45.

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