Daniel Smorigo / ASP South America

The Local Motion Guaruja Surf Pro 6 star WQS runs from Sept 28 - Oct 4 in Brazil. James Wood and Owen Wright are both chasing the dream. Good luck fellahs

UPDATE Sept 29
Day 1 was called off due to crap conditions but apparently the forecast looks good for the rest of the event

Bad luck for Woody being eliminated in the round of 96 overnight. Good luck in the next one mate. Owen's heat will run tonight.

Day 3 was called off due to the radical conditions.

Owen had 2 heat wins and is into the final 24.
“I’m stoked with this waves, I just hope that continues like this all the weekend. The waves are pumping all the time, very powerful with big sets coming, you have to work hard outside"

photo  Daniel Smorigo/ASP South America

Owen finished 5th overnight. This means he is still 3rd on the WQS ratings but the difference between 1-3 has narrowed to 637 points.

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The Billabong Pro Junior at Bells runs from 29th Sept - 5th Oct. Stu Kennedy and Nik Hoskin are down there chasin' points and cash. Good luck fellahs

UPDATE Sept 29
Stu had a easy win in the round of 96 today. Bad luck for Nik who was eliminated in a pretty stacked heat.

Photos Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing Australasia

UPDATE Sept 30
In the round of 64 Stu comboed the other groms with a 7.00 and an 8.25.
He's just warming up.
“I was lucky with the waves I was gifted today, it definitely about luck out there. I knew I had to make the most of the opportunity that presented itself.”
“Last year the fire inside burnt so intensely and I wanted it so bad, but this year has been a learning curve on the WQS. I have had a lot of time to focus and work on my surfing, but it has been hard work.”
“This is my last event so I want to go out with a win, or at least a good performance to carry me into next year.”

Stu came 2nd in his round of 32 heat in solid crankin' 5'-6' waves moving into the final 16.
Stu was then eliminated in a tight heat in tough conditions and finished in 9th.
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Dan Thomson is in Japan for the Billabong Tsurigasaki Pro 4 star WQS.
He progressed to the round of 96 and then had a big heat win to go into the round of 48. Good luck next heat.

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UPDATE Sept 26
Dan came 2nd in the round of 48 and then won his round of 24 heat to go into the final 16

UPDATE Sept 27
Thommo's great run ended in the quarter final eliminated by Joel Centeio. Dan finished 5th , earned 975 WQS points , US$2000 and plenty of respect. Well done mate

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The Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS  began its 2009/2010 season today in fun waves at Jan Juc. Shannon Mackie and Nik Hoskin have all travelled down for the event. Good luck fellahs .

UPDATE Sept 23
Victoria’s cold weather blew in on the Rip Curl GromSearch today with a strong cold front creating wind-swept difficult conditions .Jan Juc beach break delivered it’s very best yesterday and today it was close to its worst with the harsh south-westerlies and small swells making high scoring rides very difficult. In the U16's Shannon Mackie and Niki Hoskin are all still alive and looking good to make the finals.

UPDATE Sept 24
Shannon Mackie surfed great and made it into the 4th round before being eliminated. Niki Hoskin has kept it all on track and is into the semi-finals of the 16's. Go Nik !!

UPDATE Sept 25
Nik made the final of the U16's and finished in 4th place today in great waves with a new solid groundswell and clean offshore winds. Congrats Nik on a solid result mate

Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage

The Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage was held in tricky conditions at D'Bah over the weekend. Zac Wightman surfed great throughout the event in the 13 and under boys division making the final and finishing 3rd. Jake Snellgrove was seriously unlucky to not make the final with a 1st and two 2nds over the three rounds which uses a bonus point system to decide finalists. Tom Snellgrove just fell short of making the final in the 16's. Well done groms.
Check out the premiere of "Nowhere Going Somewhere" the latest movie by Marcus Baker that chronicles the journey to becoming a professional surfer by 3 surfers who took very different paths . Starring Adam Melling, James Wood and Stuart Kennedy. Ballina R.S.L Saturday Dec 12th 7:30 pm , tickets $5 or $10 per family , all funds raised going to Lennox Surfing Reserve

Owen Wright dominated today to win the Dripping Wet Pro Junior.
The win makes Owen undefeated in 2009 pro junior events and he has also claimed the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Championship. Massive effort, congratulations to Owen and the entire Wright clan.

Photos Michael TyrpenouASP Australasia

“I feel awesome,” he said with a massive smile on his face.

“After the World Juniors in January I just got over losing. Since then things have seemed to go my way and the results have come my way, I’ve just been focussed and on a mission to win. I’m really looking forward to continuing on this good run.My goal is now the ASP World Tour.”