Dax McGill: tasting gold for the first time

Team Hawaii has conquered the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, in a thrilling final day of competition at Playa Venao, Panama, after winning two of three individual Gold Medals.

Two of the youngest Hawaiians on the team, 14-year-old Dax McGill (competing in Girls Under-18) and 14-year-old Kalani David (Boys Under-16) carried the Aloha State flag proudly as they were chaired up the beach by teammates after winning their respective divisions.

Brazil’s Matheus Navarro, one of the most dynamic, entertaining and innovative surfers of the event, won the Gold Medal in Boys Under-18. The entire podium in this division spoke Portuguese, as Deivid Silva and Vasco Ribeiro secured silver and bronze. Watch the final highlights.

"We’ve had such a beautiful event, and there’s a game going on here, and you do want to win, but that’s kind of far from the focus right now. I’m very proud of all the girls," said Hayes, who’s been coaching Team Hawaii for 17 years.

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Marlon Lipke: half Deutsch, half Portuguese

Marlon Lipke conquered the 2012 Protest Vendee Pro, in a close fought low scoring final against Vincent Duvignac, Joan Duru and Romain Cloitre. The decisive heat was surfed in shifting 4-5ft waves, in which wind conditions severely affected peaks.

"The left here is so much fun, I remember surfing it like 10 years ago when I was staying at Gregory Pastusiak’s house and this whole event I’ve been surfing it despite everyone sticking to the right", Marlon said. Watch the final highlights.

"I guess it was kind of a risk for me but luckily it paid off! The wind picked up again during the final and destroyed the waves, with very few offering a shoulder to work with, but I felt like when you put a lot of energy in and keep catching waves then eventually it pays off".

Lipke, who qualified and surfed on the World Championship Tour in 2009, rises back and takes an early lead on the ASP European rankings. The 28 year-old German based in Portugal has been remodelling his approach to surfing events and starts 2012 with a strong goal of building up on his result in Vendee.

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Courtney Conlogue: fast and furious

Courtney Conlogue has won the prestigious 2012 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, over Malia Manuel, at Dee Why Beach, in clean, but challenging two-to-three foot (1.5 meter) waves.

The fourth stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour has caused some interesting twists and turns in the race for the coveted ASP Women's World Title.

Conlogue, who has won multiple ASP 6-Star events, claimed her maiden win on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, a feat that sees her jump to 4th on the ratings.

Conlogue and Manuel battled through the stacked field of competitors to reach the Final. The dying swell made conditions difficult, but Conlogue found the best waves that allowed her to execute multiple powerful turns.

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