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7.22.10

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Commanding Quarterfinal Performances From Parkinson, Fanning, and de Souza At Coolangatta Beach

While Gold Coasters slept Monday night, the wind and waves from much anticipated Tropical Cyclone Hamish filled in and brought the Superbank (which has, for the past several days, been half awake with a moderate wind swell) to life. At first light, it was obvious Round Four of the Quiksilver Pro would be hitting the […]

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7.22.10

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Unstoppable Parko Starts 2009 As ASP #1

After a classic semi-final win against Mick Fanning that will certainly go down in Gold Coast legend, local hero Joel Parkinson defeated Brazilian Adriano de Souza in ten-foot-plus cyclone surf at once-storied Kirra. The Parko-Mick semi final saw two powerhouse surfers trading stand-up tubes in wild storm surf at the beach they grew up surfing […]

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7.22.10

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Ian 'Kanga' Cairns Drives Sport as Coach & Mentor

SURFER: Ian, first off, the ASP presidency…of course Rabbit Bartholomew stepped down last month as president of the ASP. I’ve thrown some names onto a short list: Martin Potter, Shaun Tomson, Joey Buran, Jake Patterson, Luke Egan…which of these do you think would make a good ASP president? IAN CAIRNS: Look, the presidency role is […]

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7.22.10

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Thomas Campbell’s Latest Film Premiers at La Paloma Theater

“So, is it a longboard movie?” a friend asked as we headed to La Paloma Theater on Friday night. “Um, no, not really,” I responded. I’m not really quite sure how to describe the Thomas Campbell genre. In one pseudo-succinct statement, I’d call it an artsy-groovy-16mm-shortboard-shredfest-meets-fish-alaia-bodysurf-log movie. And, as a film that encompasses every version […]

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7.22.10

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Quiksilver Pro Round Three Concludes In Building Swell At Snapper Rocks

Under cloudy skies and buffeted by gusty winds, the final eight heats of Round Three of the Quiksilver Pro were finished at Snapper Rocks Monday morning. With swell on the rise, contest officials consulted veteran Snapper experts like Mick Fanning and concluded that they would hold Round Four until tomorrow morning, when even more swell […]

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7.22.10

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Two-Time Reigning World Champ Starts 2009 In Pole Position

In fun, shoulder- to head-high waves at Snapper Rocks on Queensland’s Gold Coast, current ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore beat Hawaii’s Melanie Bartels to establish an early lead in her charge to win a third consecutive crown. Sunday Morning The 32 men and four women remaining in the Gold Coast contest on Sunday morning […]

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7.22.10

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The Wildcard Takes Down The Nine-Time World Champ In Round Three Of The Quiksilver Pro

You didn’t have to be a surf-industry insider to know that the Quiksilver Pro’s Sunday, Round Three match-up between nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and 21-year-old Quiky Pro wildcard Julian Wilson was going to be momentous. Slater’s dominance of the World Tour since the early 1990s is essentially the bedrock of modern surfing, and […]

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7.22.10

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Round Two Sees Upsets, Standout Performances, and a Return to Snapper

The Gold Coast awoke Saturday morning to a bump in swell overnight and beautiful, sunny conditions, and by 6:30 a.m. Quiksilver Pro officials were already hauling the contest buoys from Snapper over to Duranbah for an early start to Round Two. The weekend crowds started gathering early, and by the time Heat One was done […]

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7.22.10

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Two Hawaiians, an Aussi, and a Kiwi will vie for Roxy Pro Title

Friday on Queensland’s Gold Coast saw the women contestants of the Roxy Pro hit the water again after several days on hold. A slight bump in swell was visible early on Friday morning, prompting rightfully panicky event officials to pull the trigger and take advantage of the shoulder-high, less-than-perfect waves on offer at Duranbah. The […]

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7.22.10

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Jury Rules Against Owl Chapman

An eight-member federal jury in Honolulu found no proof of libel on all counts brought before the court by North Shore shaper Craig Elmer “Owl” Chapman against Journal Concepts Inc. (aka The Surfers Journal, TSJ), Steve Pezman, TSJ’s publisher and Jeff Johnson, author of the TSJ article in question. “It’s a complete victory for the […]

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