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TOP SEEDS STEP UP AT BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO QS6,000

TOP SEEDS STEP UP AT BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO QS6,000

21/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25858833

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TOP SEEDS STEP UP AT BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO QS6,000
- CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR COMPETITOR CONNOR O'LEARY POSTS HIGHEST TOTAL OF EVENT SO FAR
- MATT WILKINSON TAKES FIRST HEAT WIN OF 2018 AT MEREWETHER

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: 2017 Championship Tour Rookie of The Year Connor O'Leary (AUS) posted the highest heat total of the event so far on Day 3 of the Burton Automotive Pro.
Credit: © WSL /  Tom Bennett


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Merewether,  NSW/AUS  (Wednesday, February 21, 2018) -  After poor conditions forced a lay-day for Day 2 of the Burton Automotive Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6,000 event, competition has resumed at Merewether in epic 3-to-5 feet surf. It was a massive day of action as Men’s Round Two brought with it the event top seeds and some incredible performances from some of the sport’s biggest names.
 
Heat 13 of Round Two was a titanic battle between Championship Tour (CT) stars past and present as Connor O’Leary (AUS) took on Jack Freestone (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS) andLuel Felipe (BRA). 2017 WSL Championship Tour Rookie of The Year O’Leary bolted from the pack, posting an 8.50 (out of a possible 10) on his first wave then backing it up with an 8.73 immediately after. As O’Leary lead with the highest heat total of the event so far 17.23, it was left to the other three to battle for the second progressing spot. It was eventually taken by comeback kid Banting, leaving Felipe and Freestone to fall out of the draw in a massive upset.
 
“That was such an intense heat,” O’Leary said. “Having those names in the first heat of the year was full on, it was like a CT final. My game plan was to find a really decent score early and that’s exactly what I did so it always helps when your plan plays out. I’m feeling really fit and agile at the moment, which definitely helps. My coach Luke Egan is from Merewether so it definitely helped to get some tips from him before that heat.”
 
Current World No. 5 Matt Wilkinson (AUS) has fond memories of Newcastle Surfest having taken out the Burton Automotive Pro in 2016 and winning the Pro Junior event as a teenager. The electric goofy-footer looked solid as always on his backhand, posting a midrange heat total of 13.56 to kick-start his 2018 season.
 
“The first heat of the season is always a little nerve-racking,” Wilkinson said. “I feel really comfortable in Newcastle though and the waves have been non-stop for the last few months. I’ve surfed just about as much as you can so I’m feeling good; now it’s just about getting back in the competition mindset and we’ll be good to go. When Pipe finished I sort of let myself go for a few weeks then was straight back into the training. We have been focusing a lot on the mental side of things and working under pressure, which has been really cool. I’m feeling fit and more ready than ever so I’m pumped to see how this season unfolds.”
 
Portuguese powerhouse Frederico Morais (PRT) took a little while to get going in his first heat of 2018, finding himself in fourth with only a few minutes left. While his opponents kept busy on the left-handers, Morais was patient, looking to go right and open up on his forehand. He eventually found the wave he was looking for an got to work, posting a near excellent 7.93 and winning with a total of 13.83.
 
“That slow start was definitely not part of my plan,” Morais said. “When the waves are like this you want to get one early and get the ball rolling otherwise you can get stuck out there and that is what happened to me. When I finally found that 7.93 it felt really nice and the pressure came off a bit. Regardless of my time on the CT, there is still pressure at these early QS events because you want to build points on both tours at the start of the year and guarantee your spot. Later in the year if I’m doing well on the CT I can cruise, but this early in the season nothing is certain.”
 
Frenchman Marc Lacomare (FRA) was the standout in Round Two, posting the second highest heat total of the event so far. His incredible commitment and attack on critical sections saw him earn a 16.90 two-wave combination. The QS veteran looks primed to have serious go in 2018 and achieve his dream of making it to the elite CT.
 
“To make the CT would be a dream,” Lacomare said. “I try to take it heat by heat, event by event and access where I am at the end of the year but I always have the aim of the CT in the back of my mind. In heats I keep to myself and don’t think about my opponents, I know I can post big scores so I just work on that.”
 
Former CT competitor Jadson Andre (BRA) narrowly avoided disaster in his opening heat, forced to surf on a creased board. The light-footed goofy-footer attempted a massive frontside air-reverse that almost snapped his board. It somehow stayed together as Andre completed the heat with a winning heat total of 13.23 on his quest to return to the CT in 2019.
 
“On my second wave I went for an air and landed hard on my board and basically broke it,” Andre said. “I was waiting for it to completely break the entire heat but it luckily didn’t and now I have some time to repair it. I’m back on the QS now so this is sure to be a really busy year of travelling and trying to get back onto the CT. It’s good to be back here in Newcastle, I really like this place. It’s beautiful and has fun waves and the people are super nice so it’s great to be" 

The Burton Automotive Pro and Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro will run in conjunction with Newcastle Surfest from February 19 – 26. To watch live action and find more information head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the free WSL App.


Surfest is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
WORLD SURF LEAGUE TAHITI QS LEG BEGINS WITH AIR TAHITI RANGIROA PRO

WORLD SURF LEAGUE TAHITI QS LEG BEGINS WITH AIR TAHITI RANGIROA PRO

21/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25856221

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WORLD SURF LEAGUE TAHITI QS LEG
BEGINS WITH AIR TAHITI RANGIROA PRO 

- REGIONAL ATHLETES TO CONVERGE AT RIGHT-HAND BARREL IN TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO
- DEFENDING EVENT WINNER HEREMOANA LUCIANI (PYF) RETURNS FOR SECOND TITLE
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Onlookers enjoy a show from Mauiki Raioha (PYF) as he drops into a barrel during the 2016 Rangiroa Pro.
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Haleiwa, Oahu/HAWAII – (Tuesday, February 20, 2018) -- The World Surf League (WSL) Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region shifts from the North Shore of Oahu to the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti and Rangiroa for the next leg of competitive events on the regional Qualifying Series (QS). The first event of five qualification events in the region this year, the Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro, a Men’s QS1,000, has a holding window from March 5 – 9 and will take place at the hollow reef break at the Hotu a Ura pass on the ring of islets known as Rangiroa.

Now in its third year of partnering with the WSL, the Rangiroa Pro Open has consistently delivered technical barrels and high-performance opportunities to challenge athletes and create exciting competition. Defending event winner Heremoana Luciani (PYF) will look to guard his title and keep the win on home turf, however with names like 2017 World Junior Champion Finn McGill (HAW), 2017 Regional Champion Benji Brand (HAW) and Big Wave Tour No. 2 Kai Lenny (HAW) entered in the 48-man field, Luciani will have a fair amount of Hawaii threats looking to play spoiler.


Luciani carves an open face at the 2017 Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro. Image: WSL/Rolland

“I don't feel any kind of pressure, I am just enjoying Polynesian life and really happy to compete at home,” Luciani commented. “I train to win, and names are just names, everyone can win. This year I am going to follow the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui events and try to qualify for the Triple Crown, and I also will be in Europe for a few events.”

After Luciani’s win last year in Rangiroa, he went on to compete in seven additional events including three QS3,000’s – the Martinique Surf Pro at Basse Point, Barbados Surf Pro at Drill Hall Beach and HIC Pro at Sunset Beach – and the coveted Hawaiian Pro, a QS10,000 and the first event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Luciani ranked 6th in the region for 2017; the 2018 Rangiroa Pro will be his competitive debut of the new year.

Another Tahitian standout, Ariihoe Tefaafana, will be on the hunt for his second QS victory after earning a maiden win at the 2017 Papara Pro Open. The highest placing Tahitian in the 2017 regional ratings, Tefaafana ended the year in the No. 4 position following the highly-competitive Vans Triple Crown season and will be working hard again to qualify for another coveted slot.


Tefaafana earned a 17th place finish at last year's Rangiroa event ahead of his win at Papara. Image: WSL/Rolland

Produced by the WSL and Fédération Tahitienne de Surf (Tahitian Surfing Federation), the Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro is the third QS event of the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui season and is supported by Air Tahiti, the inter-island airline that covers 47 of the country’s islands and connects more than 90 percent of the population. Surf fans can tune into live scoring and daily highlights during the Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro at WorldSurfLeague.com, plus find daily recaps of the day’s action and more on the event page.

Following the Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro, the juniors and women will mix up the divisions for the Papara Pro Open, which features a Men’s and Women’s QS1,000 and a Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior competition. The events will take place at Tahiti’s famous black sand beach of Papara, known for its punchy surf, variety of peaks and family-friendly atmosphere.

Tefaafana hopes to defend his title at his home break, the place of his first WSL victory, along with Maui’s Savanna Stone (HAW), who also earned her first professional win last year at Papara. The final day of competition will be broadcast live via Polynesia 1re on local cable channels in Tahiti and online at http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/. Visit WorldSurfLeague.com for more information.
TOP SEED VAN DIJK TO LEAD THE CHARGE AT SYDNEY WOMEN’S PRO NEXT WEEK

TOP SEED VAN DIJK TO LEAD THE CHARGE AT SYDNEY WOMEN’S PRO NEXT WEEK

20/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25847867

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TOP SEED VAN DIJK TO LEAD THE CHARGE AT SYDNEY WOMEN’S PRO NEXT WEEK
- FORMER WINNER AT MANLY VAN DIJK COMES IN AS TOP SEED
- OVER 10 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR COMPETITORS TO COMPETE IN MANLY
- PROMISING LONG-TERM FORECAST
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption:   World Championship Tour competitor Nikki Van Dijk will head to the upcoming Sydney Women's Pro as the event's top seed.    
Credit: © WSL /  Ed Sloane


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Coolangatta, QLD/AUS  (Tuesday, February 20, 2018) - With less than a week until Sydney Women’s Pro hits Manly, some of the world’s best female surfers are preparing for the WSL Qualifying Series 6000 event. With valuable QS rankings points up for grabs Manly will become the epicentre of world surfing for Sydney’s biggest surfing event.

With Manly being the home of one of her biggest WSL victories, Victorian Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)is pumped to return to the iconic strip of coast to compete at this year’s Sydney Women’s Pro. It will play as the perfect kick-start to the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) season.

“I’m feeling really great heading into the 2018 season,” Van Dijk said. “I’ve had a great off-season spending some much needed time at home but am ready to get back on the road. I can’t wait to head to Manly, it’s one of my favourite places in Australia. I have friends that live on the Northern Beaches so have spent a lot of time there plus it holds great competitive memories. As I have won at Manly before I definitely feel really comfortable surfing and competing there.”

Although the event top seed Van Dijk spends the majority of the year competing for a shot at the World Championship, these major Qualifying Series events play as the perfect proving ground for her and her CT counterparts.

“The field at Manly is crazy,” Van Dijk continued. “Events like the Sydney Women’s Pro are a great way to get your year rolling and the best way to warm you up for the CT's. The level of competition and talent at these QS events are so high, every heat is tough.”

There will be over 10 females from the elite Championship Tour competing at the Women’s Sydney Pro when it kicks off in just under a week. WSL Australia / Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith is excited to see the worlds best continue surfing’s great lineage with Manly.

“Manly has so much Surfing history over the past 100 plus years and WSL are excited to work closely with Surfing NSW for the latest chapter. We have 10 of the top 18 female surfers coming to the event and it’s exciting for us to have the likes of Nikki Van Dijk who’s won a major event here in the past coming to town again. There are early indications that we should have some really fun surf and I’m looking forward to watching our biggest event in Sydney get underway.”

In addition to the QS components of the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, a WSL sanctioned Pro Junior event will also take place on the opening weekend of the 24 – 25 February.
 
All the NSW professional surfing action gets underway from early January with the World Junior Championships, followed by the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series, The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final, Surfest and the Vissla Sydney Pro.
 
The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Northern Beaches Council, WSL and Surfing NSW.  

The 2018 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro and Sydney Women's Pro will be held from February 26th  - March 4th. For more information, highlights and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.
⚡️BREAKING⚡️: RED HERRING SOLD TO SALTWATER WINE

⚡️BREAKING⚡️: RED HERRING SOLD TO SALTWATER WINE

20/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25846935
⚡️BREAKING NEWS ALERT⚡️: RED HERRING SOLD TO SALTWATER WINE

ASB MAGAZINE:  Red Herring has sold to Wilson Retail and the Saltwater Wine &  Stormrider stores.  With the ink only just dry, the deal includes all Red Herring stores "Lock, stock and barrell," Red Herring's Victor Tilley told ASBMAG.  The stores include Red Herrings flagship Liverpool St, Hobart address as well as Launceston, Burnie and Northgate. The transition is effective June 30th and at this stage it's anticipated the stores will continue to trade as Red Herring branded (TBC). For now though, Victor maintains it's 'business as usual'. Fresh from a surf trip to PNG which Victor booked almost 10 months ago, Victor was on the road today briefing staff and assuring them "everything's the same, it's just... I'm not the boss anymore."ASBMAG  reached out to Anthony Wilson of Wilson Retail and the multi award winning Saltwater Wine and Stormriders stores and more information is expected to follow tomorrow. News broke amongst sales reps today but at this early stage no formal letter to suppliers or customers has been sent out.

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PROFESSIONAL EDITION: Indomitable: The Many Lives of Rob Bain

 
In an interview with Bainy it’s impossible not to be struck by his humility, his matter-of-factness about the extraordinary life he’s lived. He seems as surprised as you are that things worked out so well.

From a factory job chopping timber, to shop grom and skateboard whiz to surfing world title contender, and on to global roles with  pioneering surf brand O'Neill…Rob Bain has seen and done things most of us can only dream of.

It’s tempting to say he’s been lucky. Or outrageously talented. But that would be to overlook his most striking characteristic – a straightforward determination to get the best out of everything life throws at him. Because life has thrown Bainy some life-threatening, soul-destroying shockers. He gets up, he dusts himself off, and he starts again – as likeable as the Road Runner, yet as indestructible as the Coyote.

As life stories go, this one is more instructive for us in the surf industry than a thousand positive thinking podcasts. So it’s worth asking – just what makes Rob Bain tick?

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Surfest Newcastle 2018 Day 2

Surfest Newcastle 2018 Day 2

20/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25854270
The Grandstand Sports Clinic Women's Pro is underway, followed by Round 2 of the Burton Automotive Pro
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HAWAIIAN HOPEFULS DOMINATE OPENING DAY OF BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO AT MEREWETHER

HAWAIIAN HOPEFULS DOMINATE OPENING DAY OF BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO AT MEREWETHER

19/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25839761

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HAWAIIAN HOPEFULS DOMINATE OPENING DAY OF BURTON AUTOMOTIVE PRO AT MEREWETHER
- CURRENT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPION FINN MCGILL (HAW) POSTS HIGHEST TOTAL OF DAY 1
- MATT BANTING FINDS NEAR PERFECT SCORE ON FIRST WAVE BACK AT MEREWETHER
- LEFTOVERS FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA PROVIDE GREAT WAVES AT MEREWETHER

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Current World Junior Champion Finn McGill (HAW) posted the highest heat total of the opening Day at Merewether for the 2018 Burton Automotive Pro.
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Merewether,  NSW/AUS  (Monday, February 19, 2018) -  The 2018 Burton Automotive Pro WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 6000 event has kicked of today at Merewether Beach in conjunction with Surfest, Newcastle. It was an epic opening day with leftover swell still filling in from ex-tropical cyclone Gita and the international field going to town on the 3-to-5 foot peaks.

The heat winners throughout the day were a great indication of the spread of countries in attendance at the event. America, Brazil, Polynesia, France, Indonesia and Australia were all in the mix but it was a small group of Hawaiian up-and-comers that stood out in Round One. It all started with powerhouse Barron Mamiya (HAW) taking out his opening heat with style.

“This is the first time I’ve come to Australia to surf in the QS6,000 events so to kick it off with a win is sick,” Mamiya said. “I was here recently for the World Juniors which was good, but I’m really focused on the QS this season. I think if you are competing on the QS and not trying to qualify for the CT you are wasting your time -- so I’m definitely here to try and make it.”

Inspired by his brother’s recent win at the Volcom Pipe Pro, young Hawaiian Seth Moniz (HAW)has come to Newcastle looking to make his mark. The technically gifted natural-footer kicked off his campaign well, getting in a rhythm on his forehand to post a winning heat total of 14.03 and progress into Round Two.

“This is the first really big event of the year so I was a little nervous to begin with,” Moniz said. “Once I began to find some waves I was stoked and felt a lot more comfortable. I was so stoked to see my brother (Josh Moniz) win at Pipe and it really inspired me -- it made me really want a win myself. I’ve had a couple of years on the QS going through the motions and learning a lot but this year I’m going for a qualification spot for sure.”

Fresh off back-back-to-back QS Quarterfinal appearances and a recent win at the World Junior Championship in Kiama, Hawaiian prodigy Finn McGill (HAW) is stoked on his newfound passion for competitive surfing. McGill found inspiration on Day 1 at Merewether seeing his fellow islanders do well and used it to post the highest heat total of the Opening Day. McGill’s two-wave total of 16.17 came from a display of total comfort in the shifting peaks on offer at Merewether.

“I spent a while recovering from an injury and it really reminded me how much I enjoy competing,” McGill said. “I went through a stage recently where I was bit over it and now that I’m stoked on competing again the results seem to be coming. I’ve been competing against Barron since we were 4-years-old so to be at events of this size together now is awesome and the same with Seth -- it’s really inspiring to see them do well.”

Although he made a competitive return at the recent Great Lakes Pro QS1,000, Matt Banting (AUS) has been interested in he how he’d go against some of the bigger seeds on the Qualifying Series. After more than a year off, the former Championship Tour surfer and 2014 Burton Automotive Pro winner, Banting, proved he hadn’t lost his competitive prowess posting an almost perfect 9.17-point ride on his first wave. He then backed it up with a 6.53 and moves into Round Two as he begins his quest to return to the elite Championship Tour. “This is all pretty new to me competing as such a low seed,” Banting said.

“I feel like everything was kind of came to me easily in the past with sponsorship, results and qualifying for the CT – then it all got taken away. After a year off I have totally re-evaluated and have come back hungrier than ever. During the middle of the injury I had a few doubts as to whether I was going to make it back, so to post an excellent score on my first wave felt amazing, it was such a relief and I got a real rush.”

Californian Parker Coffin (USA) was weathering the flu as he arrived in Australia and had his first surf of the trip in Round One at Merewether. The stylish young goofy-footer only surfed two waves to take out the heat with a heat total of 12.70.

“I’ve been trying super hard to get better before the contest started but still felt terrible today,” Coffin said. “This was my first surf since I arrived and I was on a new board so felt really underprepared. I knew if I got a couple of long waves on my backhand I could get a decent score. I have a new coach this year in Tom Whittaker and we had a good plan pre-heat so that gave me some confidence. He had so much success for a reason so I’m stoked to have him in my corner.” 

The Burton Automotive Pro and Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro will run in conjunction with Newcastle Surfest from February 19 – 26. To watch live action and find more information head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the free WSL App.


Surfest is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
#ASBMAG TOPLINE NEWS, JOBS AND READING 19/2/18 PM EDITION

#ASBMAG TOPLINE NEWS, JOBS AND READING 19/2/18 PM EDITION

19/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25837974
ROXY’s ‘Make Waves. Move Mountains’ New Global Campaign

ROXY launched their new global campaign, ‘Make Waves. Move Mountains’. As a lifestyle brand that caters to women all around the world, ROXY has been inspiring women and dreamers since 1990. The brand’s overall mission has laid the groundwork of the ‘ Make Waves. Move Mountains’ movement where ROXY celebrates the empowerment of women in action sports and beyond. The brand taps into their well – renowned snow and surf athletes, including Stephanie Gilmore, Dara Howell, Lisa Andersen, and Torah Bright to help promote a message of strength and support to young women of any age, sport, or dream. Activations are planned for the opening Quiksilver and Roxy Pro on March 11 and the Drop Festival March 17 Coolangatta.

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⚡️PROFESSIONAL EDITION: Indomitable - The Many Lives of Rob Bain

According to the author Jock Serong, in an interview with Bainy it’s impossible not to be struck by his humility, his matter-of-factness about the extraordinary life he’s lived. He seems as surprised as you are that things worked out so well. From a factory job chopping timber, to shop grom and skateboard whiz to surfing world title contender, and on to global roles with pioneering surf brand O'Neill…Rob Bain has seen and done things most of us can only dream of. It’s tempting to say he’s been lucky. Or outrageously talented. But that would be to overlook his most striking characteristic – a straightforward determination to get the best out of everything life throws at him. Because life has thrown Bainy some life-threatening, soul-destroying shockers. He gets up, he dusts himself off, and he starts again – as likeable as the Road Runner, yet as indestructible as the Coyote. As life stories go, this one is more instructive for us in the surf industry than a thousand positive thinking podcasts. So it’s worth asking – just what makes Rob Bain tick?

 
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ASC PARTNERS WITH LIVEHEATS MOBILE SCORING APP.
The Asian Surf Cooperative (ASC) announced an exclusive partnership with LiveHeats to utilize its cloud-based competition management and live scoring software system in surfing competitions across the greater Asian Region. Under the partnership, ASC will work with local clubs, regional, provincial, and national federations to roll out LiveHeats’ mobile scoring app across all levels of competition in Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, and where any other opportunity presents.

UPDATE: BOARDRIDERS BID GIVEN GREEN LIGHT
Boardriders, Inc. bid for Billabong took another step forward when the Federal Court ordered that a meeting of Billabong shareholders be convened on the 28th of March to consider and approve the scheme of arrangement under which Boardriders will acquire all of the Billabong shares, at a price of A$1.00 per share in cash, via a scheme of arrangement. The approximately $198 million deal, if approved by shareholders, will combine both Quiksilver and Billabong and emerge as the world’s biggest action sports brand.

 
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Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle - Sunday

Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle - Sunday

18/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25854271
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WORLD’S BEST KICK START 2018 SEASON AT NEWCASTLE SURFEST THIS WEEK

WORLD’S BEST KICK START 2018 SEASON AT NEWCASTLE SURFEST THIS WEEK

18/02/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 25829061

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 WORLD’S BEST KICK START 2018 SEASON AT NEWCASTLE SURFEST THIS WEEK
- WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION TYLER WRIGHT TO KICK OFF HER SEASON AT MEREWETHER
- FORMER EVENT WINNER MATT WILKINSON RETURNS WITH ANOTHER TITLE IN SIGHT
- TROPICAL CYCLONE GITA TO PROVIDE EPIC SURF FOR THE EVENT

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: World No. 5 Matt Wilkinson will head to the Burton Automotive Pro looking to repeat his win from 2016 at Merewether.   
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Merewether,  NSW/AUS  (Sunday, February 18, 2018) -  A number of the world’s top surfers have arrived in Newcastle ahead of the Burton Automotive Men’s Pro and Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro which kick off tomorrow at Merewether Beach. The two WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 6000 events run in conjunction with Newcastle Surfest and will set the pace for the 2018 qualification race in what is forecasted to be incredible surf.

Two time Women’s World Champion Tyler Wright will kick off her competitive season at Merewether this week at the Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro. Wright has been working hard over the off-season with Coach Glen ‘Micro’ Hall and is primed and ready for competition to commence.

"I didn't really take too much of an off-season this year - it's kind of like my training with Micro never really ends,” Wright said. “We've been having heaps of fun during the summer and getting ready for the season at the same time. With the swell it should be a bit of a challenge, and I'm looking forward to getting things going here in Newcastle. I'm ready to go."

In 2016, Championship Tour No. 5 surfer Matt Wilkinson began his most successful season to date with a win at the Burton Automotive Pro. In 2018, the electric goofy-footer will return to Merewether to warm up as he charges towards the world title race.

"The first event of the year is always a little nerve-wracking, but more than anything I'm excited,” Wilkinson said. “It just feels good to get the jersey on and get the jitters out, and being able to do it here in Newcastle is always good fun. I'm pretty excited for this swell too - it's going to be solid.”

Other elite competitors include Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright, Leonardo Fioravanti, Kanoa Igarashi and Tatiana Weston-Webb to name a few.

The anticipation is building as Tropical Cyclone Gita continues to churn out large, long period groundswell in the direction of Merewether. Waves anywhere in the range of 6-to-10 feet (2 – 4 metres) are expected for the opening days of competition guaranteeing incredible action.

Wandiyali Indigenous Classic winner Joe Haddon has received a wildcard into the event after a solid performance saw him take the win. Haddon’s experience and power paid off as he dominated in the powerful surf at Merewether today.

“I’ve been working really hard in the lead up to the Wandiyali Indigenous Classic,” Haddon said. “I’m so stoked to have gotten the win and have a chance to surf heats in the QS event. I’m really thankful to the Surfest crew, Wandiyali and the WSL for the opportunity.”

The Burton Automotive Pro and Grandstand Sports Clinic Women’s Pro will run in conjunction with Newcastle Surfest from February 19 – 26. To watch live action and find more information head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the free WSL App.
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