Rip Curl GromSearch Gold Coast is the final round in the series for 2010. The event runs December 13th- 16th and also incorporates the series’ national final. Good luck groms.

Update December 13th
In the U12's Luke Condon surfed great and was unlucky to finish 3rd in his quarter final. He needed a 7.00 to progress and scored a 6.00 on his last wave. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't - that's surfing comps. Zak Condon and Jack Murray were early casualties in round 1.

Wahu Surfer Groms Comp Gold Coast round runs December 11th and 12th. Jayden Hawkins, Eli Carr, Luke and Zak Condon are in the event. Good luck groms.
More to come.....

Update December 13th
In the under 15's Jayden was unlucky not to make the quarters. Eli surfed well and finished 9th. Well done Luke and Zak both finishing in 7th.

Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons runs December 8th - 20th at Pipline on Oahu, Hawaii. Adam Melling and Owen Wright will both be there chasing some Pipe bombs. Good luck fellahs.

Update December 9th
A great start for Adam with a solid round 1 win ( 14.50 to 11.66 )over Kamalei Alexander in 6' Backdoor pits. Mello backed that up with another win in the last heat of the day vs Rossy in really tricky conditions.

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Update December 10th - 15th
Lay day.

Update December 16th
The event got back under way today in perfect 4' - 6' Backdoor pits. In round 3 Mello could find any good waves and was eliminated to finish 13th. He finished 27th in the World Title Ranking for 2010. Owen managed to knock Parko in a low scoring round 3 heat.

“I knew it was going to be a really tough heat against Parko. He’s such a good barrel rider and I knew he was going for that Triple Crown, but I want to end my year with a bang as well. I knew that going in to the heat and I wasn’t going to give him an inch. We had a great tussle and were battling for position that whole heat. I was pretty lucky to get that score right at the end. I’m pretty stoked to get through that one.”

In round 4 Owen put on an incredible display of backhand tube riding and progressed straight to the quarters. Owen is now the 2010 ASP Rookie of the year. Congratulations mate.

For the first time in ASP history a womens event was run at Pipe to decide the womens Vans Triple Crown called the 'Duel for the Jewel'. There were 4 women in the final but it really was a duel between Tyler Wright and Steph Gilmore. Tyler pulled into some really deep pits and made one great barrel but was beaten into 2nd by Steph who threaded a couple of bombs. After a stellar season on 'The Rock' Tyler is the 2010 Womens Triple Crown Rookie of the Year

                                                                  Photo ASP Kirstin

                                                                     Photo ASP Kirstin

Update December 17th
Owen had a frustrating quarter, snapping a board and not finding the gems to go down to Flores. He finished 7th in the World Title Ranking for 2010.

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Le-Ba final round 2010

All photos Steve Condon

Movember 2010

All photos Kellie O'Brien

O'neill World Cup of Surfing, stop number 2 in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing runs November 24th - December 6th at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. Stu Kennedy surfs in the round of 96 Ht 8 and Adam Melling starts in the round of 64 Ht 7. Good luck fellahs

Update November 26th
Lay day for Thanks Giving. Gobble gobble day

Update November 27th - December 1st
Another lay day.

Update December 2nd
In the round of 96 Stu did enough to progress in very small conditions at Vals. Stu and Mello surfed in the same heat in the round of 64 at Kammies in tricky conditions. Mello led for entire heat and cruised into the final 32. Bad luck for Stu who was in second until the final 3 minutes when he was eliminated by 1.03 points. Adam surfs next in Ht 4 round 4.

Update December 3rd
Mello was eliminated in round 4 and finished the event in 25th with 1253 points. Tyler Wright went one better than Haleiwa winning the O'Neill Womens World Cup. She comboed the finalists including 4x World Champ Steph Gilmore with a total of 17.24 ( 9.57 and 7.67 ). Look out for Tyler in 2011 on the Womens WCT. Congratulations Tyler.

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Josh Black needs your help now. 'Poodles' or 'RaPoodley' was a Le-Ba club member for many years during the 90's, representing the club in team events and surfing well enough to make his presence felt in Pro-Ams . He is an extremely gifted goofyfoot surfer that traces his surfing roots back to Northy in Sydney. Blacky has been diagnosed with lung cancer and we need to help raise funds so Lini (8 months pregnant) , Jett and his family don't have to worry about the little things while Josh is receiving treatment. A family benefit night is on 18th December @ 73 Racecourse Rd. Industrial estate ,Ballina. There will be live music, auctions, raffles, food and good times. The auctions will run from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Tickets are $50 ea. and are on sale @ Headroom Hair River St. & East Ballina(Tues - Sat) cash or cheque only. If you can't make it on the day and would still like to help - donate to -

Josh and Lini Black
c/o K Morgan
The Greater Building Society
BSB - 637000
Acc. 716360733
Please put your name as a reference

Little Le-Ba final round 2010

All photos Condon

Rod Steeles and Terry Chandler are coordinating a relief appeal to aid families affected by the recent tsunami in Indonesia. The Le-Ba boys are going to the affected area to meet up with the skipper of the Mangalui early in December. Matt Cruden has nearly 2 decades of experience in the Mentawai Islands and will deliver all donations to the local communities most in need. If you have ever surfed the Mentawais , or ever dreamed of going there,  dig deep and pull out some cash ( or donate clothing ) for the disaster survivors. Every dollar donated is guaranteed to help the most needy while cutting out the middle management usually involved in conventional relief operations. Please donate @ Le-Ba presentation day in the marked donation container, or go around to Rod's place.

SurfAid Mentawai Tsunami report - 3 Nov 2010 from SurfAid International on Vimeo.

The 2nd annual Rhythm Kirra Junior Teams Challenge held in conjunction with Kirra Surfstock ran Saturday 13th November. The Le-Ba junior team of Zac Wightman, Luke Condon (in the 12's) Sam Morgan, Tom Snellgrove (in the 16's) Nik Hoskin and Joe Sandercock - Team Leader- (in the 20's) put in a great effort to finish 4th from 16 clubs. Great to see the next gen Le-Ba crew stepping up. Congratulations groms !

Individual results -

1st Zac Wightman – 12s
1st Luke Condon – 12s
2nd Tom Snellgrove – 16s
3rd Sam Morgan – 16s
4th Joe Sandercock – 19s
?? Nik Hoskings – 19s

Check out the photos below courtesy Steve Condon

Reef Hawaiian Pro, first jewel in the Vans Triple Crown, runs November 12th - 23rd at Haleiwa, Oahu. The forecast is calling for a Solid NW swell rapidly building into the North Shore on Sunday the 14th and peaks over Sunday night before starting to back down Monday the 15th. Expect plenty of well overhead surf for Haleiwa Sunday through at least Tuesday with double to triple overhead sets (10-15’+ faces) showing late Sunday and Monday. Furthermore, excellent conditions are likely during this swell with light ESE trade winds. More good NW groundswells are lining up for the middle and second half of next week as well.
Stu Kennedy starts in the round of 96 and Adam Melling kicks off his Hawaiian campaign in the round of 64. Anthony Walsh surfs in the round of 128. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE Nov 13th - 14th
Lay day today.

UPDATE Nov 15th
The event is off at Haleiwa today due to the Andy Irons Memorial being held today on Kauai.

UPDATE Nov 16th
The first 13 heats in the round of 128 ran today. Walshy will surf in the 2nd heat of the day competition resumes.

UPDATE Nov 17th
Walshy had a solid win to move into round 3 in much smaller surf today.
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UPDATE Nov 18th
No luck for Stu Kennedy today when he was eliminated in tricky conditions in round 3. Walshy had a solid heat but came up short and was also eliminated in round 3. In the Cholos Womens Hawaiian Pro Tyler Wright was ripping all day and it took Steph Gilmore to stop her taking the title. Tyler finished 2nd with a heat total of 13.90 ( 7.07 and 6.83 ). Congratulations Tyler

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UPDATE Nov 19th
Adam put on a display of powerful and radical surfing to win his round of 64 heat with a 7.00 and 7.77. Well done mate. Mello surfs next in Ht 8 in the round of 32. The forecast is calling for the next swell to hit Sunday (Monday in Australia).

UPDATE Nov 22nd
In the round of 32 Adam held on for a tough win in a scrappy wave starved heat. In the quarters the heat finished with Joel Centeio 11.27, Granger Larsen 11.00 and Mello 11.00. Adam Finished 3rd on a countack in another wave starved heat. Mello finished the event in 9th with 2057 points and currently will still requalify sitting at 5th on the ASP Mens World rankings after the 22 double qualifiers are taken out.

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Rip Curl Into Summer Junior Challenge ran November 6th and 7th at Cabarita with a big crew of Le-Ba groms there to have a go.
Outstanding performances were from -
Eli Carr - 3rd under 10's
Zac Wightman - 1st under 12's
Jake Snellgrove - 3rd under 14's
Sam Morgan - 1st under 16's
Nik Hoskins - 4th under 19's

Well to Sam who has been ripping lately , it was only a matter of time until he had a win. Congratulations Zac for another win for 2010. Great work from Eli finishing 3rd in his first event outside of Le-Ba. Love ya work fellahs.

All photos below from Steve Condon

                                                                            Eli Carr

                                                                     Zac Wightman

                                                                       Sam Morgan

                                                                     Sam Morgan

                                                                         Sam Morgan

                                                                    Jake Snellgrove

                                                                  Jake Snellgrove

The Inaugural Coastal Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Ballina RSL Club on Sunday, November 28.

The event is being organised by the Lennox National Surfing Reserve Association, and it will also offer about $10,000 in prizes, including a trip for two to a Samoan resort. The prize includes airfare and is valued at $5500.

The expo will run from 10am until 4pm, and from 7pm will feature live music from Beau Young, Will Conner, Mal and the Longboarders, and Dennis Nattrass, who will play live while footage from film-maker George Greenough is screened.

There also will be a fashion parade organised by Le Chelle Boutique of Lennox Head.

Archival photographs and footage being collected by the Lennox Surfing Reserve Association also will be on display.

Any profits from the expo will be donated to groups such as Australian Seabird Rescue, Landcare, the Ballina jet rescue boat service and youth groups.

By attending, patrons will be in the running to win prizes such as the trip to the Sa’Moana Resort Resort in Samoa, surfing-related products and art products.

One of the prizes is a 1950s-era wooden toothpick-style surfboard made by Ballina man Barry Regan.

ASP 5-Star Islas Canarias Ocean and Earth Pro runs November 3rd - 9th @ the righthand barrels of El Confital, Gran Canaria. Stephen Walsh surfs in Ht 17 in the round of 96. Good luck mate.

UPDATE November 3rd
14 heats of the round of 96 ran today so Walshy will be in the 3rd heat of the day when competition resumes.

UPDATE November 4th
Walshy had a slow start but came home with the goods and moved into the round of 48.

UPDATE November 5th
Walshy surfed really well and put together a solid set of scores to progress thru to the round of 24. In round 3 he couldn't find the right waves and finished the event in 17th. Good on ya mate.

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Click here to vote for Woody to get him on the QS full time. Voting starts 6/12/2010. You can vote once per day

Update December 17th
Woody finished 2nd with 472 votes to Cahill Bell-Warren with 1215 votes. He still has a chanc with wildcards being announced in coming weeks so check back then.

James Wood
Lennox Head - Lennox Head, NSW

The low down: Hi my name is James Wood. I am 24 years old from Lennox Head.. I started surfing when I was 8 with my mates..then I joined the local boardriders and started competing and haven't stop since then..I am currently working at a surfboard factory on a shaping machine in between competing on the WQS..
What are you called in the lineup?
What is your home town?
Lennox Head
How many years have you been surfing?
Are you goofy or natural?
Does anyone else in your family surf, and if yes, who?
Who: brother/sisters/dad
Who is your favourite surfer?
Dane Reynolds
What is your favourite surf video?
No where going some where
What is your favourite board?
gem 10 chilli
Who is your biggest surfing influence?
Adam Melling
What was your top competition result?
1st under 16 and 18 world junior titles
Are you currently sponsored, and if so, who?
Who: Lost, Electric,Glidz,Famous
Are you studying at University?
Do you work full time?
Who is your biggest influence?
Everyone I know
Name three people you'd like to go on a surf/party trip with (you don't have to know them)
Miranda Kerr,Angelina Joli and Ben Cousins...
What is the heaviest thing that has ever happened to you in the surf?
Melling running over my foot..
What would winning The Break mean to you?
it would mean i could live the dream...

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Rip Curl Pro Search is gearing up for an historic couple of weeks as the world’s best surfers converge on the island paradise of Puerto Rico. Slater is firmly in the driver’s seat in the race for the 2010 title heading into the Caribbean, with only Jordy remaining in the hunt. Adam Melling will be hoping for a good result to shore up his position on the elite WCT. Owen Wright has all but claimed the 2010 Rookie of the Year but another good result wouldn't do any harm. The event waiting period runs October 30th - November 10th. Good luck fellahs.

There's some quality breaks in PR, Gas Chambers, Crash boat are both great examples. Then there is this baby... Rip Curl Twitted that this spot, Middles, could well be base camp. Is it any good? Check it and find out.

We Can't All Be Winstons from Jerry Ricciotti on Vimeo.

UPDATE October 31st
The Rip Curl Pro Search 2010 Puerto Rico got underway in punchy 3'-4' waves at the primary site of Middles. Mello led for the first half of his heat and even regained the lead with 6 mins to go ,with a 6.83, but was bumped into 2nd and missed a win by 0.50 points. He surfs round 2 vs Dan Ross. Owen had a dominant win over Luke Stedman in a man on man heat with A.I a no show. Owen surfs next in round 3.

                                                                     Photo Kirstin ASP

UPDATE October 31st
Adam was eliminated by Dan in really ordinary conditions for round 2. Mello was chasing a 7.50 for the win and could have got it on a couple of waves if he could have finished a couple of big turns. Having a creased board from a huge air attempt probably didn't help either. Good luck in Hawaii mate.

UPDATE November 2nd
Lay day today

UPDATE November 4th
Competition at the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico was postponed on Wed., Nov. 3 out of respect for the passing of 3X ASP World Champion Andy Irons. Competition will resume following further consultation with ASP and Surfers

UPDATE November 6th
Owen had a huge win over Brett Simpson in round 3 finishing with a heat total of 17.50 ( 9.00 and 8.50 ) for 2 incredible back side pits. In round 4 he was just overtaken by Jordy in the final minutes and surfs next in round 5 vs Michel Bourez.

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UPDATE November 7th
Owen couldn't get past Michel Bourez and finished the event in 9th. He remains 7th in the ASP World Title ranking

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HIC PRO presented by Vans is set to run October 28th through November 10th at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. This event will be the final qualifier for the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which includes the Reef Hawaiian Pro, The O’Neill World Cup of Surfing and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Anthony Walsh surfs in the round of 64. Good luck mate.

UPDATE October 29th
The HIC Pro presented by Vans is off for today. The conditions are unfavorable with blown out 2-3 ft waves at Sunset Beach. Forecasters are tracking a possible swell for Monday, so stay tuned for more updates. Aloha.

UPDATE November 5th
The HIC Pro presented by Vans ran in clean 8'+ waves @ Sunset today. Walshy scored a win that included a massive hook under the lip for a 7.00. He surfs next in the round of 32 Ht 1. Aloha.

UPDATE November 6th
Walshy was eliminated in the round of 32 by 0.70 and finished in 17th. Aloha.

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Islas Canarias Santa Pro is set to run from October 27 to November 1, 2010 on the Canary island of Lanzarote. Stephen Walsh will start the event in the round of 128 and Stu Kennedy will start the round of 96. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE Oct 28th
A solid start for Walshy with a 2nd in round 1.

UPDATE Oct 29th
Islas Canarias Santa Pro was forced to call a lay day due to gale force winds which made conditions uncontestable despite going mobile to La Santa Right. Check the video below for some lay day fun with Stu and Walshy

ISLAS CANARIAS SANTA PRO 2010 - HIGHLIGHTS DAY 2 from aspeurope on Vimeo.

UPDATE Oct 30th
Stu had a good win in the round of 96 edging past Nat Young in pumping 4' rights. He surfs next in Ht 3 round 3. Walshy went down in his round 2 heat.

UPDATE Oct 31st
Stu made it thru a tight heat, 0.23 points ahead of 3rd place. He surfs next in Ht 1 round of 24.

UPDATE Nov 1st
Stu finished the event in round 4 with an equal 17th. Well done mate.

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O'Neill Coldwater Classic California runs October 18th - 24th at Steamer Lane Santa Cruz. This is the final event of the CWC series and a $50k bonus will go to the series winner. Stu Kennedy is in a good position to take the cash if he can post a big result. He surfs in Ht 21 round of 96 and Anthony Walsh will be in Ht 6 round of 128. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE October 19th
Walshy was unlucky to be eliminated in inconsistent small conditions right next to the cliff at Steamer Lane.

UPDATE October 20th
Lay day.

UPDATE October 22nd
Stu had a good win in a stacked heat and moved into round 3 Ht11.

UPDATE October 23rd
Stu was eliminated by 0.54 points in the round of 48 and unfortunately missed his shot at the $50k - bugger.

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Quiksilver Pro Portugal ASP 6 Star Men's event runs October 19th - 24th at Ericeira, Portugal. Stephen Walsh will be there chasing the points and cash. Good luck mate.

UPDATE October 20th
Walshy did enough in the somewhat familiar 2'-3' right hand point break peelers to secure a 2nd and move into the 12th heat in the round of 48

UPDATE October 21st
Walshy had one of those bad days that we all have and was eliminated to finish 37th place, 400Pts, $ 1,200

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A squad of Le-Ba's finest troops have assembled on North Stradbroke Island for the 2010 Straddie assault. The troops will be led by veteran Straddie campaigner General Bellato. Good luck crew.

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada waiting period runs October 9th - 15th at Tofino British Columbia / Canada. Stu Kennedy is currently ranked 2nd ( 4800 points ) on the CWC series ratings and is only 44 points behind Royden Bryson. The winner of the series takes a $50k bonus. Stu will start the event in Ht 3 in the round of 96. Good luck mate.

UPDATE October 10th
Organizers have called a lay day for day 1.
“We’ve got messy surf out there this morning and and the biggest tides of the year right now, so we’re calling competition off for the day,” Matt Wilson, O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Contest Director said. “With plenty of time remaining in the waiting period we’d rather wait for improved conditions to start the event.”

UPDATE October 11th
The opening round of competition started today in four-to-six foot surf, but only completed four heats due to a massive incoming tide ready to swallow all of North Chesterman’s beach. Stu started well with a heat win scoring 12.83 over Hank Gaskell 11.90, Brad Ettinger 6.33 and Shannon Brown 5.20

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UPDATE October 12th
No luck for Stu in Canada where he was eliminated in round 2. Good luck at Santa Cruz on the 18th mate.

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Malibu Hyuga Pro 2 star WQS runs Oct 8th - 10th at Hyuga,Miyazaki, Japan. Dan Thomson and Stephen Walsh have stayed on in Japan after Walshy finished in 7th @ Billabong Tsurigasaki Pro. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE October 8th
The event started today in 1' dribble. Walshy and Thomo wiggled enough to progress. Need another typhoon.

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UPDATE October 9th
Some swell arrived for day 2 which ran in clean 3' peaks. Stephen Walsh scored another win with fast clean turns and moved into the final 16. Dan Thomson surfed well to survive a tough heat and joined Walshy in the top 16.

UPDATE October 10th
The final day started in clean 2'-3' peaks. In the round of 16 Walshy finished 2nd with a score of 11.25 points and entered the quarters. Thomo squeaked through a tight heat on a countback and into the quarters.

Walshy couldn't find the good waves in his quarter and finished the event in 5th place, 211Pts, U$1,100.

Thomo nailed an alley-oop but struggled to find quality waves in the dying swell. He also finished in 5th place, 211Pts, U$1,100. Well done fellahs.

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Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2010 runs at Peniche, Portugal Oct 7th - 18th. Last year Day 3 opened with carnage. The contest site at Supertubos had been broadsided all night by a raging Atlantic and was deemed destroyed at first light by the contest organizers. The “Storm of the Century” is what locals were calling it. Looks like it may happen again.

“A very powerful storm system looks set to form in the Atlantic bringing huge swell to European shores,” Ben Freeston of Magicseaweed said today. “If it arrives as currently forecast it’ll be one of the biggest October swells in over a decade of records.”

All of the models are agreeing that something big and unusual is brewing out there in the Atlantic, and that it will begin to rear it’s ugly head come Thursday – the first day of the Men and Women’s waiting periods. At this point it’s hard to tell just how tricky it’s going to get, as far as the winds are concerned, but everyone is keeping a close eye on this potentially epic swell development.

To have a look @ the forecast for yourself click here for the Magic Seaweed charts

Adam Melling and Owen Wright are the Le-Ba Storm Riders at the event. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE October 8th
Small surf forced event organizers to call a lay day for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal today. The forecast for tomozza is 20' and breezy. When the event starts Adam surfs in Ht 4 vs Jordy Smith and Gabe Kling. Owen surfs Ht 8 vs Chris Davidson and Roy Powers.

                                                                        Photo Cestari/ASP

UPDATE October 9th
Lay day for the men. Magicseaweed are calling for a massive swell system to move into the region in the next 24 hours, with waves up to 20'.

                                                                 Photo Cestari/ASP

UPDATE October 10th
The first 9 heats of round 1 ran in 4'-6' stormy conditions at Supertubos. Adam Melling had one good wave but snapped his stick and couldn't find a back up so he moved into round 2. Owen Wright had a solid win and moved straight into round 3.

                                                                 Photo Cestari/ASP

UPDATE October 11th
No luck for Mello in round 2 when he was eliminated by 0.29 points by Davo.

UPDATE October 12th
Owen went one step closer to becoming 2010 Rookie of the Year with a massive heat win , collecting this season’s fourth Perfect 10 for a fins-free turn straight into a full rotation mute grab on his forehand.

“I had actually creased my board on the wave previous and I was really just coming in to change boards. I was really just going for broke and the section presented itself. I actually got more height than I thought I would and rotated out of it clean. I was pretty psyched when I heard the score.”

Amazing ! Owen surfs next in round 4 heat 4 vs Jadson Andre and Jordy Smith.

                                                                     Photo ASP / Cestari

UPDATE October 13th
Owen had an amazing aerial battle with Jadson Andre and Jordy Smith but in the end the South African got the nod with a giant frontside air 360. Check out the footage below. Owen moved into round 5 Ht 3 vs Travis Logie

UPDATE October 14th
Despite being really crook Owen smashed Logie ( 13.40 to 9.73 ). In the quarter final, with waning energy levels, Owen still surfed great and only went down to Jeremy Flores by 0.5 points. This 5th place sees Owen sitting at 7th on the ASP World Title ranking and looking really good for the Rookie of the Year. Well done mate

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