Mark Warren

Surfing pioneer Mark Warren (Avalon, NSW) was honoured as the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee at the 23rd annual Australian Surfing Awards at Twin Town Services Club in Coolangatta last night.

Warren’s varied and successful careers within surfing span three decades.  A 70s pro surfer - a media sports personality in the ‘80’s - National Coach and ASP Tour Representative in the ‘90’s. 

Warren the 1970 NSW Junior Champion from Narrabeen went onto become one of the worlds first pro surfers winning numerous contests including the 1976 Smirnoff World Pro-Am at Sunset Beach, Hawaii and The Duke Kahanamoku Classic at Waimea Bay, Hawaii in 1980.

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ASP Awards 2008

The atmosphere was electric this evening as the world’s best surfers converged on the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the ASP World Champion’s Crowning, honoring a bevy of last season’s accomplishments from athletes across all disciplines of the sport of surfing.

Headlining the evening was the official crowning of ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) whose reception was met with a feverish response from the hundreds in attendance.

The titles mark the first for both the Gold Coast surfers, with Fanning claiming his after six seasons on the ASP World Tour and Gilmore making ASP history by attaining surfing’s ultimate honor in just one year amongst the elite.

Joining Fanning in the ASP World Tour accolades were ASP World Tour Runner-Up Taj Burrow (AUS), ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year Jeremy Flores (FRA) and ASP World Tour Most Improved surfer Bede Durbidge (AUS).

Gilmore was flanked by fellow ASP Top 17 competitors Sofia Mulanovich (PER), who collected the ASP Women’s World Tour Runner-Up award, and Silvana Lima (BRA), who took home the ASP Women’s World Tour Most Improved award.  Gilmore also claimed the honor of 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year.

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Billabong XXL 2008

New entries are flooding in from Europe, Hawaii and California, and with less than a month remaining in the annual cycle for the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, few are doubting that a number of records are going to be shattered.

The last eleven months have proven among the most extraordinary in the history of big wave surfing, with an unprecedented 420+ entry images from all around the planet providing visual evidence of the mammoth surf on the event website at

New video clips and still photos continue to arrive week after week in all key categories of the event including the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award powered by Honda, Monster Tube Award and Monster Paddle Award.

Also featured are the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award and the Billabong Girl's Performance Award.  In total, over $120,000 in prize money will be awarded in the eighth annual edition of big wave surfing's top event. The competition is open to all qualified, invited surfers at any surf break around the world over the course of a full year and is based on the photographic evidence.

Although there is still plenty of time for more shocking swell events to occur before the event period concludes with the Vernal (Spring) Equinox on March 19, 2008 the world's big wave elite are already making plans to attend the gala Billabong XXL Awards ceremony this April 11 at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California. 

While the 2000 seats at the Grove are invitation only, the entire evening's activities from Red Carpet arrivals to the final award will be broadcast during a live webcast at and televised at a later date.

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