Surfing Diploma

International Surfing Association Vice-President Alan Atkins is joining the teaching staff of the Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) for 2008.

Atkins, the former CEO of Surfing Australia and a resident of Byron Bay, has a wealth of experience in the sport and will be teaching the students how to conduct surfing events as part of this Southern Cross University course commencing next week.

He was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Diploma in 2004 and is currently the Contest Director for the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

“Alan was involved in the plans to establish the Diploma from day 1 and helped lay the foundations for the course’s successful development,” said course coordinator Jak Carroll.

“He is one of the most experienced surfing administrators in the world and he will help to build the bridge between academic theory and real-world practice for the students.”

Launched by the Southern Cross University and Surfing Australia, the Diploma is the only course in the world focusing on the skills needed to work in the business side of the surfing industry. Students take subjects in sport marketing, management, media, events, and surfing culture, as well as doing a 150-hour industry placement.

The course, which can be completed in one year full-time or done part-time by distance education, attracts students from all over the world. Currently, students from the USA, Portugal, Sweden Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and France are undertaking the Diploma.

Source: Surfing Australia

Raoni Monteiro

Brazilian Raoni Monteiro won the ASP WQS 5-Star PRIME Hang Loose Pro at Cacimba do Padre today in barreling waves of four-to-six feet (2 metre) height. Monteiro won the great final over American Gabe Kling, who already made the finals at Fernando de Noronha Island in 2006.

Until last year, both surfers were competing on the ASP World Tour, and now with this excellent result, they will try to return to the ASP World Tour next year.

“Thats it, 13 victories in Hang Loose to Brazil and 12 for the rest of the World, but the most important is that we had excellent waves every day for the whole contest, a lot of tubes, great wheater, sun, hot and next year there will be more,” Álfio Lagnado, President of Hang Loose Company, said.

Since 1986, Lagnado has organised the most traditional surf contests in Brazil, holding the Hang Loose Pro Contest in places like Florianópolis (SC), Guarujá (SP), Baía de Maracaípe (PE), Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE), Maresias (SP) and Fernando de Noronha (PE).

With a beatiful barrel from the biggest set on his first wave of the final, Monteiro started the final with a 8.83 score. Then, in the middle of the heat, the Brazilian scored a 6.60 wave to put Gabe in combination situation, and finished the final with 15.43 points against the 9.50 points of Kling.

Kling had a solid second semi-final, winning the heat against Brazilian Hizunome Bettero, finishing with 16.44 points against 15.10 of Hizunome.

“I really wanted to win this event, because since Japan, a long time a go, i didn´t won a contest, and now i am really happy and i don´t know what to say” this was the first words of the new champion of the Hang Loose Pro Contest.

“I did everything right since my first heat, i stayed calm every heat and the result of this week was this victory. I promised to my daughter that i would bring this title back home” said Raoni Monteiro, who were in ASP Men´s World Tour last year and now he will try to return to the World Tour next year.

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Jesse Adam

Nineteen-year-old Jesse Adam (Merewether, Newcastle, NSW) planted an ambush attack on Australia’s finest junior surfers to capture his first ever pro junior victory at the Billabong Pro Junior Series- Coffs Harbour, at Diggers Beach today.

Putting an end to his series of average results on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, Adam astonished spectators by taking down ASP Australasia No. 2 rated surfer Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, QLD) in the Semifinals and followed up with an astounding victory over ratings leader Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head, NSW) in the Final.

“I am so stoked,” beamed Adam. “Julian and Stu are really good friends of mine, but Stu’s been dominant all year and everyone knows that Julian’s one of the most respected junior surfers in the world; so to take them both down- there can be no better way to win a contest!”

Defeating the best of the best, Adam’s flawless performance in the Final included a near perfect 9.25 (out of a possible ten) ride which he backed up with an 8.20, leaving Kennedy chasing a near perfect 9.54 score.

“Stu’s had a few nines this contest alone so I wasn’t counting him out,” Adam said. “I just sat praying that no quality waves would come through at the end of the heat and it all worked out for me.”

Adam’s victory marks the second out of five event wins from a Newcastle surfer this year, indicating a possible resurgence from the Newcastle contingent.

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