Big win has Fanning on the winning trail
KIRRA'S Mick Fanning is back in the world title race after posting his second win of the year at Reunion Island for the Rip Curl Search WCT.
Mick trails second highest rating Aussie Trent Munro, from Scotts Head, NSW, by only 56 points and is 322 points behind number one, Kelly Slater.
The sixth WCT event on the ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro at J-Bay, South Africa (July 12- 22) kicks off next week.
Fanning is a previous winner of the J-Bay event, as are Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater.
Both Slater and Fanning are the only two surfers to have won two WCT events this year.
Debut WCT Bede Durbidge, of Currumbin, will be looking for a good result for his sponsor, Bede is on the cut-off line in 30th position and to re-qualify for next year's WCT will need to finish higher than 28th.
How they stand
ASP World Tour ratings after the Rip Curl Search:
1 K.Slater (USA)
2 T. Munro (AUS)
3 M.Fanning (AUS)
4 A.Irons (HAW)
5 CJ Hobgood (USA)
6 C.Lopez (USA)
7 N.Hedge (AUS)
8 T. Burrows (AUS)
9 F.Patacchia (HAW)
15 D. Morrison (AUS)
26 M.Occhilupo (AUS)
31 B.Durbidge (AUS)
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THE Print Point Masters Surfing Circuit (mobile from the Spit to Duranbah) is on again this weekend with six divisions and points and places going towards the Queensland team to compete in the 2006 Australian Open Surf Masters.
The Alley's Mark Richardson, a former dual Australian open and senior men's champion, is favourite for the over 28, having already won the first round of the Over 28.
Burleigh's surfing chef, Nick Heath, who placed third in the last round of the over-40, will competing this weekend before taking off to Bali for his annual three month Indo surf adventures. The Chef of the Burleigh Surf club will be "cooking" on his return in preparation of the Australian Masters (Septembe 8) at Soldiers Beach, Central Coast NSW, especially after practicing at Uluwatu and G-Land, two of his favourite Indo reef break left-handers.
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NOOSA'S Josh "The Terminator" Constable came from behind in the final event of the Suzuki Longboard Pro held at Broken Head, Byron Bay.
Harley Ingleby, of Emerald Beach, was in the running and led the final until the last three minutes when Constable picked up an 8.5 and the highest score of the final to take the five event series and the big prize, the $30,000 Suzuki Grand Vitara.
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THE third annual Kuta Karnival based at Kuta Beach, Bali was dominated by Australian surfers. The Grand Masters Legends (over-45) event held at Uluwatu and sponsored by Michael O'Leary's Mermaid Beach Jewelry Company MOD OM, was won by Danny Goodman of Forster.
Local Balinese surfers from Uluwatu to win included Ketut Pitur in the 35 - 44 years Masters and Made Lana on the Retro Boards (pre thruster).
Made's Australian partner is Shauna Durbidge (Bede's sister) and they are expecting their second child soon.
Other Gold Coast surfers to win KK finals included Madeline Taylor and Darren Turner.