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John John Florence beats Ola Eleogram in the all Hawaiian final to WIN the Telsa Drug Aware Pro at "Margs" River in West O.

Sunny skies and picture perfect waves treated competitors and surf fans to an epic day of competition at the ASP Prime rated Telstra Drug Aware Pro today. The call was made to run a full day of the Men’s event to take advantage of the clean 5 – 6 foot (2 meter) surf on offer and reduce the field to just eight Quarterfinalists.
Tom Whitaker (AUS) caused the upset of the 2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro by eliminating the 11 x ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the first round of man-on-man competition....


Malia Manuel beats Steph Gilmore to be a Women's quarter finalists at Margaret River..

Photo: Malia Manuel © ASP/Robertson

Women's Finalists Determined on Ladies Day at Margaret River
Massive swell and perfect winds forecast for Mens action on Friday

Global Surf News, 22 March, 2012 Margaret River, WA, Australia – The swell dropped to the 4 to 5 foot (2 meter) range for Day 3 of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro with pristine conditions on offer. The call was made by contest officials to run three Rounds of the Women's event and cull the field down to just the eight Quarterfinalists.


Kaiborg gets clean and comes clean. Check out this inspiring Vid from TurkeyMelt

Kaiborg gets clean and comes clean

In 1997, Kai “Borg” Garcia flew from his hometown of Kauai to Brazil where he won the Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. Along with being one of the most respected fighters in the world, he is also one of the most respected figures in the surf industry. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Kai, will all say they were very luck to do so. I consider myself extremely lucky to call him a friend and mentor. Recently, Kai went through the biggest struggle of his life, which nearly took it. I hope this story has as much of an impact for everyone as it has for me. Thank you Kai for everything you have done for me and all of the knowledge you selflessly give away. Enjoy world!
-Alex (Turkeymelt)



Hawaii's Mike Prickett, an internationally acclaimed underwater cinematographer, arrived in San Diego California this-morning to continue medical treatment for the severe case of decompression sickness he sustained during a dive accident in Tahiti two weeks ago.


THE TITLE. Who’ll take the 2012 world title? Stab asked four opinion-leaders and received mixed results.

Shaun Tomson, 1977 world surfing champ: As a huge fan of pro surfing, the first event of the year is a favourite – there’s as much pressure on each competitor as if it were the end of the year with the world title on the line and it is good to see who has stepped up their game in the off-season. How the top guys perform out of the gate tells a lot about who will be on top at the end of the season. Generally the winner of the tour will come from the four who make the semis – Adriano, Josh, Jordy and Taj – so I’m going to make my selection from that quartet plus Kelly and Joel. A great start usually translates into a great finish as confidence is like a snowball rolling down the mountain, building in power.


Top Seeds Tear Apart Margaret River On Day 2 Of The Telstra Drug Aware Pro. John John. Freddy P, Slater,Occy, Owen...

Photo: Kelly Slater © ASP
3/20/2012 18:10PM West AUST

Margaret River was pumping out 6 – 8 foot (2 – 2.5 meter) waves for day 2 of the 2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro today. The world’s best surfers were put to the test with long lulls, strong winds and big waves to battle in the opening Round of the Men’s ASP Prime rated Telstra Drug Aware Pro.
Kelly Slater (USA), reigning 11 x ASP World Champion, had the crowd on the cliffs at Margaret River in awe as he paddled out for his first surf at this break in 12 months. Slater stayed busy catching a lot of waves, both lefts and rights and posted the day’s highest heat total – 16.60 (out of a possible 20).


Swell Timing for This Week’s Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech

KINGSCLIFF/NSW - Meet Australia’s top longboarders. They’ll be hanging 10 in this week’s Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech.

To be held at Kingscliff from the 21st-25th March, the prestigious longboard event will feature both men’s and women’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) divisions with $20,000 total prize money as well as a noserider specialty event, retro boards, amateur divisions, SUP surfing and racing, and coaching clinics.


Catching Up With Goofy Footer Ace Down Under

SYDNEY, NSW/Australia  – Adrian Buchan (AUS), 29, has kicked off a solid start to his 2012 ASP World Title campaign, notching a 5th place finish at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast while matching Owen Wright (AUS), 22, as the top goofy-footer in the event. Following Snapper Rocks, Buchan skipped down to Merewether to compete in the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro to ignite a couple of lefthanders and while Buchan now has his eyes set on Bells, TRACKS Magazine caught up with Ace about his start to the year and being a goofy-footer on tour. This… is their story…


Talk Story Series @ SURFER The Bar with Darrick Doerner

Talk Story Series ftg. Darrick Doerner | Hosted by Jodi Wilmott
Doors open at 6p – Show starts at 8p
$5 Donation to charity
Renowned big wave charger who pioneered the sport of tow-surfing that launched the careers of other greats like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. An all around waterman, Darrick has contributed to the progression of not only tow-surfing, but also paddle-in big wave riding, stand up paddling and windsurfing. From 1975-1996 he worked as a North Shore lifeguard with legendary guards like Eddie Aikau, Mark Cunningham, Terry Ahue and Brian Keaulana. His pursuits have graced surfing magazine covers around the world, and more recently were documented in Susan Casey’s book The Wave.



Girls Tackle Tricky Margaret River On Day 1 Of The Telstra Drug Aware Pro

Bethany Hamilton (HAW) made a great start to her Telstra Drug Aware Pro campaign. PIC ASP/Robertson.

MARGARET RIVER, WA/Australia – South west W.A. is swarming with the world’s best surfers who are in town for the 2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River. The event got underway today starting with the Women’s Round of 60, in blustery 3 foot (1.5 meter) conditions at Surfer’s Point.
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), the 17-year-old from Phillip Island, Victoria, started the day with a convincing heat win. Van Dijk carved up the Margaret River line-up to advance to the Round of 48, where she’ll face Malia Manuel (HAW), Ornella Pellizzari (ARG) and Suelen Naraisa (BRA).


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