Drug Aware Pro

















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The 6 star prime Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River runs from March 30 - April 5. Anthony Walsh, Owen Wright, James Wood, Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling have all headed over the Nullarbor to have a dig.

UPDATE
Owen Wright had a comfortable win in his round of 128 heat to go thru to the round of 96. A real nail biter for Woody in the round of 128. Holding onto two 3.00 wave scores he was coming third for the entire heat and then two seconds before the hooter he stands up smashes a big hook and a huge floater to score a 7.67 and progress thru. Epic. Walshy was eliminated earlier.Owen surfed late in the day in the round of 96 and had a similar heat to Woody. He was gone for the whole heat and and managed to get thru by the skin of his scrote in the last 2 minutes. You boys need to get your 2 keepers in under 20 mins from here on in eh ?

UPDATE 2
Stu Kennedy had one of those heats when the good ones come in everywhere except for where you are - eliminated. Woody had a solid dig and seemed to be thru but was just knocked right at the end. Mello dominated his heat from the start concentrating on the 6' - 8' rights for a good win. Owen Wright got it back on track with a solid win to move on into the round of 48. Mello surfed the last heat of the day and fully bloody smashed it. He surfed with total commitment in huge windy conditions and was untouchable. Love ya work mate

UPDATE 3
Mello was in complete control of his round of 24 heat and untouchable. One frontside boost he nearly landed was one of the biggest we've seen in competition. Owen had a comfortable win - again. He managed to score one of the best barrels of the event. Bring on the final 16

UPDATE 4
Owen surfed a strong heat but was playing catch up the whole time. A couple of waves would have done the deed for him if he had have completed his final turn. Another big result for the WQS rookie with 9th place and 1925 points. Keep it up grom

UPDATE FINALS DAY
Adam won his quarter and semi final and made the final of the 6 star prime event against Dan Ross from Anga. Mello was winning for most of the final but towards the end he couldn't find the waves with the scoring potential to take the lead.

“It’s disappointing not to win but Rossy is a great guy and I’m really stoked for him today” said Melling.

“Having made the finals twice I now really want to win one of these events; my start to the season has been great but there’s still a lot of work ahead to qualify for next year’s Dream Tour – that’s my goal and I have to remain focused because the season has really just started.”

This equates to 3063 WQS points and an incredible start to the '09 season. Did I mention that it also means you are now No. 1 in the world on the WQS. Congratulations mate you're on your way.

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O'Neill Coldwater Classic

















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The O'Neill Coldwater Classic runs from 23rd - 29th March in the Marrawah area in NW Tassie.

The event started today in windy 8' waves at Bluff Reef. Woody made it thru the first round while knocking out Tamaroa McComb. Ant Walsh surfs in Ht 21. In the round of 96 we have Woody Ht 4, Mello Ht 6, and Stu Ht 24. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE 1
Both Woody and Mello had comfortable heat wins and moved on to the round of 48. Anthony Walsh narrowly missed out on progressing in a really close heat. There was only 0.3 points separating 2nd , 3rd and 4th. Bad luck mate. Stu was knocked in the last heat of the round.

UPDATE 2
Mello had a great heat today to progress thru to the final 24 surfers. Woody was eliminated but finished in 25th with 875 QS points to start the '09 season.

UPDATE 3
Mello and Owen Wright smashed it again to win their heats and cruise thru to the final 16. Worst possible result from here is 9th and 1375 WQS points. 2009 is an important year for Adam and Owen only seems to know how to win. Bring it on !

UPDATE 4
Mello never really got going in his round 5 heat and was eliminated finishing in 9th. Owen's still goin' and is into the quarters.

FINAL UPDATE
Epic waves at Bluff Reef for finals day. Owen surfed well in his quarter but couldn't get past Jordy Smith. With one wave scoring a 9 he needed another solid back up and ran out of time. Still a huge result for the junior surfer who takes away 1625 points from this 6 star QS Congratulations.



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Mark Richards Pro



The Mark Richards Pro will be held at Merewether Beach, Newcastle from March 18th-20th. Woody will start in the round of 48. Go hard mate.

UPDATE
Unfortunately Woody had a heat he would like to forget today. The waves were marginal with only one surfable wave per set and Woody found himself without priority every time a wave appeared. Poor bugger couldn't do a thing about it so he basically watched the other surfer take the heat, especially after one very suss priority call.

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Jim Beam Surftag National Finals




Marcus Aboody photo courtesy Steve Robertson Surfing Australasia



The finals of the Jim Beam Surftag are on at Narra on the 13th and 14th of March. Running in conjunction with this event is the Jim Beam Boardriders Cup National Final featuring the '08 Open club champions from all the larger Australian boardriders clubs chasing $2000 and a $3000 Vmoto scooter. Mracus Aboody will be surfing as our current champ. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE 1
Congratulations Marcus Aboody 3rd Jim Beam Boardriders Cup.

UPDATE 2
Le-Ba won their quarter final easily but then had a wobbly semi and finished equal 5th. It was super close between 2nd and 3rd , the boys only just missed the final. Well done fellahs.

The Surftag will be webcast click here for the link

To check the Surftag heat draw click here

Ben King Memorial entry forms are now available, click on Entry Forms above