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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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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