The YUMEYA BIILABONG PRO TAHARA started today at Akabane Longbeach in Japan. In really ordinary 2' slop Stu won his opening heat in this 6 Star event. He surfs next in Ht 19 of the round of 144. Adam Melling comes into the event in the round of 96.

Stu came 2nd in his round of 144 heat in Japan today. He surfs next in the round of 96 Ht 20, stoked he didn't end up in Mello's heat - Ht 16

The waves in Japan are slop today and getting thru a heat was a lottery. Unfortunately for Adam he didn't have a winning ticket. Stuey Kennedy definitely had a lucky ticket. After a really scrappy heat he was in 3rd with less than 30 secs to go needing a 4.24 and the guy in 2nd scored an interference against Stu, so he goes thru to the round of 48. That's some great competitive skills right there mate. Go hard Stu

Stuey was knocked out in 1' waves in Japan today. He finished in 37th which is a fantastic result in a QS for a junior. Well done kiddo.

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Be sure to attend the upcoming Le-Ba club round which will have the Red Bull promo team passing out some samples
Red Bull Junior Surf Masters event at Lennox. Word from Surfing NSW is there are still heaps of places left in the event.You need to send your entry form with payment in one go. Credit card details on the form and faxed to SNSW ( Fax - 02 93497344) is fine. All entry fees are donated to SFNC.

Cheers, Max
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US Open

North America’s only six-star World Qualifying Series event is underway at Huntington Beach. In typical Seppo fashion the event is HUGE and their website is unfathomable. Woody surfs in the round of 192 which should be next to run but then again they might run the Junior boys , girls or even mals. The webcast won't start for a couple of days yet so stay tuned. Mello starts in the round of 96.

Unfortunately Woody was getting through his heat until getting knocked to third in the final seconds. Mello surfed well last night and made it through to the round of 48 heat 6

Adam has won his round of 48 heat and knocked out current QS ratings leader Pat Gudauskas. He surfs next in the round of 24 Ht 4 against Corey Lopez and Dane Gudauskas.
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Mello was knocked out last night in his round of 24 heat for a 17th.
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Cult Get Ya Freaks Out

One of our resident freaks , Stephen Walsh , has won the Cult Freaks Out Byron round FREAKY

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Fantastic Cup Pro Junior

Stuey Kennedy has finished 2nd to Owen Wright in a wave starved final at the Fantastic Cup Pro Junior in South Oz. This result is another keeper for Stu and places him in a virtually unbeatable position for the ASP Australasian Pro Junior title .Well done mate.

Gromfest '08

Gromfest is over for another year.Thanks to everyone that put in a great effort at the BBQ which raised money for junior development.Also a big thanks to Graham Fuller from North Coast Coolers who generously donated a coolroom. Well done Zac Wightman for the highest placed Le-Ba surfer. Congratulations to all the Le-Ba groms that competed in the biggest Gromfest yet.


Jackson Cochrane round 1
Jayden Hawkins round 1
Jake Snellgrove round 2
Zac Wightman Quarter Finals 9th

Sam Morgan round 1
Dan Hoskins round 1
Tom Gordon round 1
Angus Steeles round 1
Tom Snellgrove round 2
Zac Russel round 2

Under 16
Luke Chandler round 1
Shannon Mackie round 1
Mitch Adams round 1
Niki Hoskins round 3

Indo Update

Herno and Walshy trying to get barrels in Indo recently

Nippys Fantastic Cup Pro Junior

The Nippys Fantastic Cup Pro Junior started yesterday at Waitpinga Beach in South Oz. Stu Kennedy easily won his heat this morning to go thru to the round of 24.

Stu is ripping down in S.A today backing up his great form from yesterday. He just won his Quarter Final and charged into the Semis

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Not Gromfest

The big groms are back from their Indo sojourn. Welcome back Hog , Terry and Bergo, it looks like you guys had fun.

Gromfest '08

Dan Hoskings on Day 1 of Gromfest '08

Photo courtesy Steve Robertson Surfing Australia

The seven event National GromSearch series presented by Snickers ensures all surfing states are represented and allows grommets all over the country to have the chance to surf in familiar territory.

After a successful introduction the GromSearch Ratings system for 14’s and 16’s division will continue in season 2008/09 allowing participants to check their position throughout the series and see how they rate on a National scale. With last year’s ratings winners in the 16’s division receiving a wildcard and an all expenses paid trip to Bells for the National Final, competition will be tight at the top end of the list.

Vic Jan Juc Sept 23-26
NSW Coffs Harbour Oct 3-6
WA Mandurah Oct 11-12
Tas Clifton Oct 25-26
SA Middleton Nov 22-23
Qld Gold Coast Dec 15-19
NSW Cronulla Jan 17-20, 2009

National Final Bells April 6, 2009
International Final Bells April 9-14, 2009

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NSW Surfmasters

Photo Credit: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

The NSW Surf Masters is done and dusted for another year. Well done Max Symbol The Surfer Formerly Known As Super Coach Perot for winning the Over 45 Mens. Gordon Donnie Osmond Barnes was 3rd in the Over 50 Mens. Kel O ,Le-Ba social member, came 2nd in the Over 35's. Well done crew. They will be expecting you bent units to attend the Aussie Titles in August.

Occys Grom Comp

The Occy Grom Comp that runs from 5th-9th July, started today at D'Bah. Le-Ba has a big crew of little dudes in this event. In the U 12's is Jake Snellgrove and Zac Wightman. In the U 14's Is Tommy Snell and Sam Morgan. In the U 16's is Nik Hoskin and Luke Chandler. Good luck grubs

If I missed your grom email me stevek@le-baboardriders.com

MR Price Pro

The Mr Price Pro is underway in Sud Efrika. Mello is in Ht 8 round 144.
Mello scored 15.83 in his first heat and combo-ed the others. Next up is the round of 96 Ht 8

Mello has made it through to the round of 48. He scored a 9.17 at the start of the heat but was in 3rd until the final minute when he managed to pull out an 8.87. This huge heat total of 18.04 combo-ed the others.

Adam has continued his good form and made it through the round of 48. Next up is heat 4 round of 24. Good luck Mello

Adam has finished in 17th place in S Africa. The two locals teamed up to keep him off any decent waves which made it almost impossible for Mello to score highly. The good news is that the 1125 ratings points Adam scored is his second highest for the year and will keep him in contention for '09 WCT qualification.

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