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- 31 January 2008 | Surfing
The worst nightmare became a very sad reality. Dane Williams, a 23 year-old working man, has been confirmed dead after being found in a City Heights alley.
The San Diego county medical examiner has confirmed that the body found is of the Hurley's marketing department dedicated worker and surfer.
Williams was attending the Action Sports Retailers trade show, in San Diego. Police is investigating the causes of his sudden and unexpected death.
- 30 January 2008 | Surfing
The 2008 ASP World Tour roster has been eliciting excitement among the surfers and ASP enthusiasts alike since the new Top 45 were confirmed last December. In three short weeks, the world will take a front row seat to what many are expecting to be a mind-blowing season.
The arrival of rookies Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Dane Reynolds (USA), an inspired Australian contingent (courtesy of Aussie Mick Fanning’s 2007 ASP World Title) and the undeniable depth of talent delivered by multiple ASP World Champions Andy Irons (HAW) and Kelly Slater (USA), are expected to catapult competitiveness in the lineup to an all-time high.
“I think the 2008 tour will be extra exciting,” Fanning said. “With all the new rookies and the usual suspects I think every one will turn it up another notch. As always, everyone will be super fired up and I am hoping this year will be the best ever on tour.”
- 29 January 2008 | Surfing
Tahitian giant killer Tamaroa McComb (Coolangatta, formerly Tahiti) has made the perfect start to the Queensland leg of the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series, taking out the coveted Hurley Burleigh Pro Junior crown in 1-1.5-metre surf on the Gold Coast today.
Burleigh Heads provided the ideal forum for the final day of competition, with hundreds of people watching on as Australia and the world’s hottest 20-years and under surfers went head-to-head in search of junior series glory.
16-year-old McComb lived up to his reputation as surfing’s next big thing, blasting past no.2 seed Julian Wilson (Coolum) in the day’s quarter-finals, NSW whiz kid Heath Joske (Nambucca Heads) in the semis before dispatching of top seed Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head) in the championship final.
"My win hasn’t really sunk in yet.. It feels great to finally win a Pro Junior event," said McComb. "Surfing against this caliber of guys really made my victory more special. It’s such a great wave and I was just out there having fun."
McComb was at his dominating best, showcasing an innovative mix of exciting new school maneovures and powerful rail carves to collect $6,000, 3300 rating points along with an all-important wildcard spot into the trials of the World Tour event at Trestles, California in ’08.
Showing no signs of nerves in the highly anticipated 35-minute final, McComb raised the bar, bouncing back from a slow start to bag a 7.83 and an 8.93 to finish with a two-wave combination of a 16.76 (out of a possible 20) to Kennedy’s 15.70.
The Tahitian has moved into a new pad at Coolangatta, just down the road from the Superbank and Kirra, with shaper and renowned big wave surfer Dylan Longbottom.