Kelly Slater

Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is once again World No. 1 after beating Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) at his home break of Snapper Rocks.

Slater defeated Fanning 17.94 to 15.23 to claim his second Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast title and position himself atop the ratings for the first time since claiming his last ASP World Crown in 2006.

“It’s really satisfying,” Slater said. “I didn’t feel like I really got into motion last year. Obviously Trestles was good with a win, but the end of the year was pretty lackluster for me. Even getting into the Quarters  today I was thinking, ‘This is the best result I’ve had in six months’ It just felt great.”
 
Slater and Fanning have now met in ASP competition nine times; Slater leads the exchange 5 to 4. Notably, previous to his win today, Slater had not beat Fanning since 2003. Both surfers have now won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast twice – Fanning in 2005 and 2007 and Slater in 2006 and 2008.
 
“Mick is definitely the best competitor in the world right now,” Slater said. “He makes very few mistakes and surfs the face of the wave real well time and again. He’s one of those rare guys who can come from behind or take control from the front and pull out the big manoeuvres to get the big scores when he needs to.”

Compliments aside, Slater had no reservations about beating the Reigning and ASP and Quiksilver Pro Champion at home in front of a capacity crowd.

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Billabong Pro Junior

Two Brazilian surfers are the winners of the 2008 Billabong Pro Junior Series in Chile. Ricardo dos Santos scored the only 10 point ride of the event to finish with the best total heat score, 19,75 points out of possible 20.

In second place finished another Brazilian, Alex Ribeiro with Gabriela Leite winning the Women’s event. She won the first event in Peru last year and now she is in first place for two spots in 2009 World Pro Junior in Australia.

The next two events will be in Brazil, one in Torres (RS) in April and the last one in Camburi (SP) in September. The best five male surfers and two female will be classified to 2009 World Pro Junior in Australia. The waves were again perfect today in Pichilemu, with 4-6 feet and with a beautiful sunny day.

“My tactic was wait for the best waves, you have to be lucky to find the good waves, like i had in the semi and in the final” said Ricardo dos Santos (17), who received 2.000 dollars offered by the 2008 Billabong Pro Junior Series.

“Was a big step for the World Pro Junior and a great honor to win this event. I think this was the best contest that I have competed in, with perfect waves for everybody, so i am very happy and I will be very determined to do well at the last two events”.

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Sofia Mulanovich

Sofia Mulanovich (PER) has won the 2008 Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG, defeating fellow finalist Samantha Cornish (AUS) in clean three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks.

The opening event of the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast ran from Round 3 through the Final today with major upsets and inspiring performances enthralling the hundreds on the beach and thousands watching online.

Mulanovich, 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion and world runner-up last season, was in sensational form today, netting the day’s highest heat total of a 17.34 out of a possible 20 to combo Cornish in the Final.

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