Surf News Headlines and Top Stories

Cory Lopez

This is the stage of a surfing contest where the battle turns bloody and the chips are down. Forced into the repercharge heats, where ‘sudden death' elimination made every wave a “do or die” affair, unlikely countries fought their way to the next round with surprise results today at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games fueled by Monster Energy.

Hank Gaskell

With a building swell, and a huge crowd that was even bigger than yesterday, the pressure to perform was ratcheted up a notch today at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games fueled by Monster Energy.

Carlos Muñoz

If you think Colombia, Switzerland, Ecuador, Germany and Austria aren't surfing nations, think again. On the opening day of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, each of these countries advanced, sometimes besting the big surfing nations in the process.

Maxime Huscenot

Justine Dupont (Lacanau, FRA), 18, and Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, claimed the ASP Grade-1 Sopelana Pro Junior today in the Basque Country, both champions taking their first title of the year in tricky two to three foot (0.5 to 1 m) waves at Sopelana.

Iker Acero was arrested on suspicions of cooperation with ETA

The Spanish surfing champion Iker Acero was released from prison on bail but is accused by the National Spanish Court of helping finance Segi, an unauthorized arm of the separatist armed group ETA.

2009 ISA World Surfing Games

A giant Parade of the Surfing Nations began the opening ceremonies of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach this morning. In full “Olympic” style, over 34 nations in bright uniforms and flags flying, followed a colorful Costa Rican marching band down the main street of town, to the exited cheers of thousands posted along the parade route.

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