Leigh Sedley

The Arrive alive Central Coast Pro saw the crowning of a new champion, as Leigh Sedley (Sunshine Coast, QLD) defeated Shaun Gossmann (Gold Coast, QLD) in the hotly contested Men’s Final.

Sedley defeated Gossmann 13.34 to 12.77 to claim his maiden World Qualifying Series (WQS) win of his career – one which was made even sweeter with the US$10,000 prize purse.

Sedley, who had been one of the most consistent surfers throughout the event, used superior wave selection, patience and a blistering backhand arsenal to eventually outpoint Gossmann. “I’m so stoked with the result, it’s a perfect start to the year for me,” he said. “I had to wait 22 minutes for a decent scoring wave, but I knew that when it came I could get the scores I needed.”

Seemingly at the cross roads of his young career, Sedley was determined to do well this year – starting with the Arrive alive Central Coast Pro. “I had a pretty ordinary year last year, but managed to salvage it towards the end with some good results,” Sedley said.

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Christian Surfers

“The world is becoming fragmented into tribal groups in response to globalization. Modern mission strategists identify these new tribal groups as key to the future. Surfers are one of the world’s clearly defined global tribes and growing in every continent.

With over 120 surfable nations and 50 member nations to the ISA, Christian Surfers has ministry in 20 of these. There is still a vast pioneering mission ahead of us. We must remain true to the tribe God has called us to. If not you, who else will reach them? You are invited to come join the global family of CSI for our `True to the Tribe’ 8th International Conference.” Brett Davis

“We are so looking forward to the family of Christian Surfers gathering on our shores so we can celebrate and encourage each other to continue with this great call - to love God and reach the tribe of surfers along the wave of life. J-Bay is a beautiful place for many reasons, not least ’ Supertubes, and a world crossroads of surfing. I pray that you will feel God quicken your heart for this mission, and will share a 6 second barrel with you. God Bless!” - Roy Harley.

Cape St Francis is a tranquil eco-destination. This pristine beach, the mild temperature and the longest sunshine hours on the South African Coast ensure a relaxed all year round destination.

There are wild life parks nearby so you can cuddle lion cubs, chase elephants or wander with Giraffes. ‘Endless Summer’ 1 & 2, feature St Francis’ famous right hand point. It has a great beach break and a second fantastic point called Seal Point, which is within walking distance from the conference venue. It is situated 20mins from Jeffrey’s Bay, and 1 hour from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Source: Christian Surfers

Master of the Ocean 2008

19 year old Manuel Rondón is the "Snapple Master of the Ocean 2008", thanks to his performance in the surf, kiteboard and windsurf categories and was awarded prize money by the Secretary of Sports, Felipe Jay Payano After 5 days of competition in surfing, windsurfing and Kiteboarding, Manuel Rondón won first place in the general classification of the "Snapple Master of the Ocean 2008".

The event took place in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, with the support of Cadbury Schweppes Corporation Americas Beverages, Sedefir and the state secretary of tourism among other sponsors.

Manuel Rondón, a 19 year old Cabarete native, took advantage of the excellent weather conditions of Playa Encuentro, and with an ample and innovative routine in all three categories, won the title. Luciano González and Yan Marco Rivera won second and third place in the overall.

This unique competition combines surf, kiteboard and windsurf, had close to 80 participants from different countries, even though there was a majority of local riders.

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