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Maui's Hank Gaskell wins 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador

Surf News, 8 July, 2012 : Punta Roca, La Libertad El Salvador -- Hank Gaskell (HAW), 26, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador, defeating fellow Maui native Dege O’Connell (HAW), 22, in firing four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) waves at El Salvador’s pristine pointbreak of Punta Roca.

Gaskell peaked in the Final, earning the highest single-wave score of Copa Quiksilver El Salvador competition, 9.33 out of 10, due to an array of power carves, hacks and a frontside air. The Hana surfer found an additional set wave shortly after, taking a 6.50 on his backup ride to solidify the victory over his fellow islander.

   

Day Two is ON! Nicaragua Gov't partners for ISA World Masters Event which started holding period July 14

Colorado Beach © Nicasurfing.com / Dustin Franks

Sunday 7/16. Sunny Garcia, Kaipo Jaquias are in the Master's Div....We have FreeSurf Mags Mike Latronic...there's Dennis Pang...Rochelle Ballard and others 'representing' our Island Nation.

Nicaragua Optimistic its Surfing Future Will be Bright After ISA World Championship; "surfing is about more than just riding waves - it can be a vehicle for change," said Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA. "The Aloha spirit is contagious. It spreads good vibes, and it attracts world travelers, which brings tourism dollars into surfing destinations. Everybody wins."

   

Glenn Hall (Ireland) celebrates the biggest win of his win career at the Mr Price Pro Ballito today. Hall jumped from 27th to 16th on the World rankings and pocketed US$40,000 for his win.

PICTURE: PIERRE TOSTEE / MR PRICE

American Nathaniel Curran finished runner-up in the 35 minute final which enjoyed sunny weather and excellent 1 – 2 metre waves on the final day of action at Willard Beach.

Australian born, Irish surfer Glenn Hall, 30, secured the biggest win of his career taking out the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito defeating Nathaniel Curran, 27, (USA) in the Final at Willards Beach, in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The final day of competition culminated with the best swell of the waiting period as solid 1.5 metre, offshore conditions provided the idyllic arena for an action-packed day of world-class surfing.

   

Localism and Surf Rage happens in every country. Here's a good article that puts some sense back.

I've been chasing waves for over 30 years now. After trying competitions in my younger days – rather unsuccessfully – I settled into seeking out fun and uncrowded line ups, both around the country and overseas. I'm not a big wave charger or an aerial junkie. Just overhead is usually big enough for me, and hollow enough to get covered but not if it means risking serious injury. In other words, I'd consider myself middle of the road in terms of both surfing ability and desire.

And what I love about surfing, aside from the waves of course, is the vibe associated with it...the stoke. This is a great thing, a shared mindset, and something that should probably be appreciated more than it is these days.

   

Wildcards Announced For Billabong Pro J-Bay July 10-15

As the surfing world starts focusing back onto Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, the wildcards for the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012 have been announced. The six talented surfers are as follows:

Dale Staples and Brandon Jackson have been chosen by ASP Africa, and they will be seeded into the round of 96. Brothers Ryan and Shaun Payne are the Billabong wildcards, and they too will be seeded into the round of 96. Jeffreys Bay Boardriders have chosen Kelvin Zehmke as their representative and he will receive a wildcard into the event, and the JBU Surf Club have chosen Dan Thornton as their wildcard surfer.

"I'm really stoked to get a wildcard into the round of 96," said Staples on hearing the news. "It looks like we're going to get some excellent waves for the beginning of the contest, so hopefully I can put my Supertubes experience to good use."

   

Plight of the box packer. Check out the ESPN video. Then get your degree.

"Box packers, the guys whose pro career never worked out and ended up packing boxes in the warehouse of some surf company."

That's how it was put to me by an Australian friend. We'd been talking about what life after pro surfing means, and "box packer" was his term for those who had obtained some kind of noteworthiness while in their prime, but whose fate eventuated in less than glorious fashion.

Pro surfing's a tricky game. At its best it can put somebody in front of a global audience, hoisting trophies, being sprayed with champagne in that most Spicollian of dreams. But at its worst it's a destructive force, capable of leaving wrecked youth in its wake. And today, as surf companies look to locked-down bright, marketable talent at ever younger ages, that line is razor thin.

   

Olomana & Granger out; Torrie in as Sixteen remain in contention at Mr Price Pro Ballito

Alejo Muniz © ASP / Cestari / Mr Price

Mr Price Pro Ballito gets down to the business end

Surf News, 6 July  Ballito, KwaDukuza, South Africa -- Just sixteen men remain in this year’s ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito with the Brazilian surfers showing their force in powerful one-metre walls at Willard’s Beach. ASP World No. 20 Alejo Muniz (BRA), one of the latest breed of Brazilian surfers pushing the boundaries of performance surfing, splashed the scoreboard with the highest heat total of the day a 17.17 (out of 20.00).

“I had a really good heat, I was kinda slow and fell on a couple of good waves at the start but I enjoy those heats where you don’t stop paddling and you never give up,” Muniz said. “I like to come from behind in a heat but I was also pretty lucky to get those two waves.”

   

Arnette had great 2-3+ Surf at Ala Moana for the Cash Pot Surf Series Saturday. Results and Story coming.

Arnette Paddles Back Into The Cash Pot Surf Series With New Stops, More Cash

Arnette is pumped to be bringing back their Cash Pot Surf Series in 2012. Now in its second year, Arnette’s regional Cash Pot Surf Series will feature eight, free-to-enter events, taking place in Hawaii this Saturday and throughout California, New Jersey, Florida and North Carolina.

Each event in the Cash Spot Surf Series has a limited amount of space available for competitors, given out on a first come, first serve basis. Cash Spot Surf Series events are beach entry only, so interested participants should plan on being at their local stop by 6:30 am the day of the event!

   

A surf pool, one Lamborghini and 10 Russian models. Could this be the future of Pro Surfing? Heaven forbid.

Surf movies are going arty. Globe's latest adventure in the short film hype features everything you wouldn't expect in a cinematographic story about surfing.

Call 10 Russian top models, add a yellow Lamborghini, mix up with the sands of the desert and get "Electric Blue Heaven", a conceptual surf film starring Dion Agius in the Al Ain Surf Park Wadi Adventure, famous artificial wave pool of the Middle East.

The plot is simple, yet fascinating. A green-eyed desert goddess arrives at the surf pool and makes waves for our invited surfer. In a matter of moments, perfect clean waves are pumping and the surfer takes the maximum pleasure out of them.

   

Mason gets 3rd, Torrey Meister wins 1st heat. Local knowledge key Day 1 of Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito South Africa

Mason Ho © Kelly Cestari / Mr Price

Locals progress at Mr Price Pro Ballito in clean, inconsistent surf
Surf News
, 3 July, 2012 :  Ballito, KwaDukuza -- South African surfers asserted themselves against many of the world’s best with four out of five advancing through the Round of 96 at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito on Tuesday July 2, 2012. With clean, although at times inconsistent one-metre waves peeling through the Willards Beach lineup, positioning proved critical for surfers looking to advance on the opening day of competition.

   

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