The waves were just too perfect
THE Perfect Storm surf, tipped by swell forecasters for the Globe Pro at Tavarua, Fiji, manifested itself on Tuesday and Wednesday.
By Monday it was double overhead at Cloudbreak - some four kilometres out to sea past the Tavarua Island resort - for the early rounds and by Tuesday, it was triple overhead at Cloudbreak.
This meant the fourth WCT event on the mens ASP World tour was shifted to the closer Restaurants break, a pee shot from the breakfast table at Tavarua Island.
Climaxing with Wednesday finals in flawless conditions, the ASP World tour was living up to its surfing reputation as the "Dream Tour".
Next whistle stop for CT event number five will be at St Leu, on the French Island of Reunion, for the Rip Curl Pro (June 23 - July 4).
Peru's world champion Sofia Mulanovich is on target for a second world title, unless her close friend and surfing opponent, Chelsea Georgeson, can win another event.
Or better still, maybe Chelsea can bag a couple under her belt to try and peg back the Peruvian champion.
Chelsea, who is based at Tweed Heads, won at Teahupoo (Tahiti) but needed to go back-to-back at Cornwall (UK),this was despite placing second, behind Sofia (who registered her third win and now holds a commanding lead of 1400 points).
Not too far behind the "new girls" - in third position - is the ever-engaging former-six times world champ Layne Beachley.
There are now four WCT women events remaining on the ASP World Tour with event five, the Rip Curl Pro starting next week at Hossegor, France.
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AUSTRALIA'S up-andcoming-surfing-chicks-that-rip will be putting on a red hot show for this weekend's (June 4-5) second round of the inaugural Billabong Girls.
As part of the Queensland Surfing Series (QSS), eight categories will be going hard including opens, open b's, seniors, masters, Under 21, Under 18, Under 16 and Under 14 girls only competition.
Some of the high profile names include Bilinga's WQS campaigner Sheridan Shields, Cronulla's number two in the pro juniors Lyndsay Noyes, former Kiwi sensation and now Tugun resident Arini Mason and 14-year-old whiz kid from Gerroa, NSW's Sally Fitzgibbons. Fitzgibbons stole the show at the first Billabong Girls by winning a number of finals. Her wins included the pro junior and created history as the youngest ever - in either boys or girls ASP history - to do so.
Competitors will be meeting at Burleigh this Saturday from 6.30am, although the event is mobile for the best surf.
For more information contact Surfing Queensland on (07) 55 201 165.
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THE third round of the Oh Yeah short circuit was held at Duranbah in favorable waist-high waves early, before the north-east wind created havoc in the afternoon.
The local crew of former hard core competitors and next generation surfing families refer to their circuit as "It's not a pro contest - it's a bro contest" making the most of the Saturday one day competition.
The next meet (fourth round) is scheduled for the June 18.Results: Opens: 1 A.Chacon, 2 J.Spence, 3 S.Darcy, 4 C.Gudenswager, 5 Z.Crichlow, 6 J.Gale. Under-17: 1. C.Worral, 2 B.Ainsworth,3 T.Parkinson, 4 K.Darcy, 5 J.Freestone. Cadets: 1 Z.Vincent, 2 TJ Hendy, 3 J.Gudenswager, 4 C.Ainsworth, 5 J.Glennon,6 Z.Faulks. Over 50:1 J.Harris, 2 M.Stewart.
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WELL done to Burleigh's Jamie Mitchell who has won more paddle races in the last five years than I've had roast dinners.
As Fatty would say, "Dead set!" Jamie is one of the greatest paddlers on the planet ever, and won the annual Quiksilver paddle race again (eight kilomtres from Coolangatta to Currumbin) from good old sparring partner Mic Dibetta by 300 metres.
Both of the champions will back up for the 32-mile Hawaiian Quiksilver silver edition paddle race from Molokai to Oahu in August.