Kelly Slater

Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) beat reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) today to win the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, earn his 38th ASP World Tour victory and claim the fourth event on the 2008 ASP World Tour.

“I didn’t realize I was going to be overwhelmed by it, but I haven’t been in this position before, at this point of the year, with this many wins,” Slater said. “There are great things going on in my life so I’m just trying to soak it up and be appreciative.”

Surfing his 14th season on the ASP World Tour, Slater is still the only member of the Top 45 to win an event this season. The one tournament Slater lost was won by an event wildcard. He now has a 1262 point lead on World No. 2 Joel Parkinson and is in commanding contention to claim his 9th ASP World Title.

“I’ve put a lot of years in obviously, it’s been my life on so many levels for so long, in a way I was trying to pull back from it, but also I do love it,” Slater said. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of competing because competing really pushes your level. The best performances in the world are on tour.”

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The 2008 UK pro surf tour is off in full force and this year Gul International is staging its tour event at Porthmeor Beach in St Ives Cornwall on the 30th and 31st of August.

The event comprises of several categories including both men’s and ladies open divisions as well as a groms section.

The Uk’s Top professional surfers and various international competitors from around the globe will battle it out for a share of the £2850 prize purse and valuable tour ranking points.

The Gul Open, which in past years has been held at Fistral beach Newquay in the colder months of November has moved to the summer series to utilise the summer tourist crowds in a hope to further promote surfing as a sport.

Sam Franklin from Gul commented “ Porthmeor beach St Ives provides a fantastic arena to show case some of Europe’s top athletes such as British Open Champion and Gul team rider Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, not to mention the grass roots talent.” Sam continues “The Competition will be the biggest surf event for the area for several years and should benefit the local surf industry and community”.

This is the 2nd time the tour event has been held at Porthmeor Beach; the last time was August bank holiday 2006. Dave Reed Event Director commented "This is a fantastic event for the UK Pro Surf Tour, I would like to thank Gul for recognising the need to support events in the West of Cornwall where the level of surfing is extremely high and surfing community is growing rapidly" adding "this event will give the local surfers an opportunity to match their skills with some of the best in Europe".

‘Relentless’ energy drink, one of the Pro Surf Tours main sponsors will be giving a cash prize for the best move of the competition and Gul will announce various other activities as the competition date draws closer. In all, the Gul Open has the potential for being a highlight in the summer surf calendar and a date to remember.

Source: Gul

Joy Monahan

Joy Monahan (Oahu, HAW), 22, became the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Longboard Champion today after winning the Roxy Jam event at La Cote des Basques in Biarritz.

Monahan, who defeated runner-up Chelsea Williams (Gold Coast, AUS) in an exciting 30-minute final, posted a solid 14.10 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) to secure her first world crown in front of a cheering crowd. 

Monahan, who placed 9th in 2006 and 5th in 2007, stepped up this week to seize the prestigious Roxy ASP Women’s World Championships and become the first Hawaiian female World Longboard Champion.

"I am super stoked, I cannot believe I won the championship", Monahan said. "Chelsea is one of the best surfers in the world and it was one of the most difficult heats to win. I got good waves and was very focused for the win."

Monahan, who defeated reigning ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (USA) in Semifinal No. 1, was unstoppable in the last heat of the event putting together strong combinations of classical turns and modern style re-entries in the two foot (0.5 meter) contestable conditions.

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