Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational


Walshy day 2. Photo Jake White Surfing QLD Click on image to enlarge.

Walshy stole the show today, mixing up a variety of radical tail sildes, aerials and full rotation maneovures to bag both the day’s highest combined heat total and individual wave score. Tuason Point, a peeling right hand reef break situated 500-metres from the tournament break of Cloud 9 was todays venue
“I just went out there and surfed the heat like a free surf”
“The more I pushed it the better I seemed to surf. I just didn’t seem to fall on any key moves.”
Sounds like Steph is having fun eh ?

UPDATE 28.9
After a long flat spell the contest pumped on the final day. Walshy finished in 9th

Catching up with Angus





Angus is having a great time in Bali & has been surfing heaps. He placed 3rd in the Final of the Ripcurl Gromsearch at Canggu last weekend in a field of some hot Balinese groms, he is pretty stoked & if he wins the next event in October he has the chance to win a trip to Australia so he is pretty amped to do well. He sent me some photos of him at Keramas where he was surfing with Luke & Terry Chandler ( LE-BA Tresurer) he is really enjoying it. Angus reckons Luke & TC were ripping too. He is keen to catch up with any LE-BA crew if they come to Bali so look him up. I’m going over in a few weeks to see him & get a few waves . Rod - LE-BA President

Winks Grom Cup



Winks Grom comp was held over the weekend in small windy conditions at Gallows Beach , Coffs Harbour. Jayden Hawkins and Zac Wightman competed in the U 12's. Jaden came a credible 3rd in his heat. Zac Wightman made it through to the semi finals only to be eliminated on a countback. Well done mate , going down on a countback sucks !

The Rip Curl Into Summer Junior Challenge hosted by the Caba Boardriders is on Nov 1st and 2nd. Divisions are U 18's, U 16's, U 14's and U 12's.Click on Entry Forms above to check it out.

Walshys new deal



Stephen Walsh has signed with the RPM team, check out their website HERE. Walshy is also one of five surfers to be nominated for the Waves magazine "Black Knight Awards" which aims to crown Australasia's best free-surfing talent. Walshy is off to Samoa with a fresh quiver of boards and new threads to film for his video part.


STU WINS !!




Photo Steve Robertson Surfing Australia



Stuart Kennedy has claimed overall victory on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.

Stuey started the year with an under-dog win in the Jetty Surf Pro Junior at Bells Beach and from then on was the man to beat. He has held the ratings lead since that first event and after a super consistent season which included two wins and a lowest result of fifth place from his counting eight events (Best 8 results from 13 events count) it is impossible for even the nearest competitor to overtake his lead with two events remaining

“I’m totally stoked to win the Junior Series, I’ve had a really good year on the Junior Tour and it is great to have met my goals. My sponsors Rip Curl, Emery Surfboards & Future Fins have backed me so well throughout the year. Right now, I am preparing for some WQS events in Europe as I want to gain a good seed position for the 2009 WQS. I’m really looking forward to the ASP World Junior Championships at Narrabeen in January”

Stu will miss the remaining two events on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series in order to focus his energies on the ASP World Qualifying Series events in the Canary Islands in an effort to secure himself a top level seed going into the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series.

Congratulations Stu from the entire Le-Ba crew.

Click here for a slideshow for Stu '08


Rip Curl Pro Zarautz



The Rip Curl Pro Zarautz 5-Star rated WQS event waiting period will begin tonight in the beautiful Basque town of Zarautz. Mello surfs in the round of 96 Ht 21. Adam had a good result in the last event so he should go into this one feeling confident. Good luck mate.

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Billabong Pro Junior



Stu Kennedy photo Surfing Australia. Click on image to enlarge.

The Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens starts today. Stuey Kennedy surfs in Ht 1 of round 2

UPDATE 4.9
Stu cruised thru to the 3rd round today where he will surf in Ht 2

UPDATE 6.9
Stu had a bit of a shocker at Port Stephens and finished in 37th place. He can afford a throw away result at this stage in the season.

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Movistar Pantin Classic



The Movistar Pantin Classic 5 Star WQS runs from 2nd - 7th Sept in Pantin Spain. Adam Melling surfs in Ht 4 of the round of 96.

UPDATE 4.9
Mello won his opening heat last night in 4'-6' stormy conditions and is into the round of 48. Good stuff mate.

UPDATE 5.9
Mello had a win last night in Spain and is thru to the final 24.
He secured a near perfect 9.97 to advance through to Round 5 ahead of current WQS No. 4 Patrick Gudauskas .

"There were a few big ones closing out but the right corner of the beach was offering some better quality waves and I tried to stick there," Adam said. "I had some good ones out there so I am pretty happy but I got pulled over on a few ones and it is kind of heavy when you are below."

"I don't want to put any pressure on myself so I am relaxed and going heat by heat,I just want to go home with a good feeling. I lost in very close heats in the last couple of events and I would like to leave Europe not too bumped."

UPDATE 6.9
Mello 's great run in Spain continued last night when he progressed thru to round 6 , the final 16 , in 8'-10' surf. Go hard mate

UPDATE 7.9
Unfortunately for Mello his run was stopped in round 6. This result equates to 1100 QS ratings points which will bump off his lowest keeper result but will only lift him a place or two in the overall ratings. This was a great time to get thru some tough heats and get some positive momentum in the grinding QS season. Good luck in the next one Mello.

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