Anthony Walsh is in Hawaii for the Volcom Pipeline Pro WQS. Walshy came 2nd in heat 3 round of 96 to Jamie O with a 15.30 total.


Walshy had a good win in heat 4 round 64 with a score of 15.43 in pumping Pipe pits.

Walshy had a big win in his rd 4 heat scoring an 8.50 and a 6.67. In the quarters he scored one super deep pinching Pipe beast which helped him finish 2nd and move into semi final no.1 tomorrow against Ian Walsh, Jamie O and John John. Good luck mate.

Walshy had a great semi final winning with a 13.33 total above Jamie O in second. Unfortunately he couldn't catch Jamie in the final and finished 2nd overall. This is an incredible result but as a non Hawaiian he had to finish 1st to get wildcard into the 2010 Pipe Masters.

"I knew I was probably only going to get one chance and I got that really good one. It looked like it was going to be a short barrel so I had to really wait as long as I could at the bottom (of the wave after takeoff) to get as deep as I could and get a big score. Either way, it was a 50/50 and it didn't pay off, but second's still really good and I'm stoked."

"I was definitely hoping for first because an international first place was a spot into the Pipe Masters, so second place doesn't cut it. But still, to get second to Jamie O'Brien, he's the best guy out here, so I'm happy with that. He just knows the wave so well. He knows were to sit and today he showed it. He got those two Backdoor ones that actually didn't look like much, and he got the scores.

"I don't really do the WQS but 1500 points is kind of a scorer, so I've got to think about maybe doing a few events. The Australian leg's coming up and there's some good 6 star events there. I'll see how I go in them and make a call from there."

Walshy could be a good bet to score a heap of WQS points during the Aussie leg with the Breaka Burleigh ona right point, Coldwater Classic in thumpin' reefbreak waves in Tassie and Margies 6 star prime where he is a proven competitor. The WQS might have a darkhorse coming their way.

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The Le-Ba team finished in equal 5th at the Jim Beam Surftag at Duranbah. The result qualifies the team for the AUS Surftag Final - 12/13/14 Feb North Narrabeen, Sydney. In the FCS Manufacturers Cup Emery surfboards finished 2nd to DHD.

Taipan - photo Brad Neilsen(bRAD)

Photo Steve Robertson ASP

Photo Michael Tyrpenou Surfing Australasia

The world’s best junior surfers are descending upon the Sydney suburb of North Narrabeen to hunt down the most prestigious crown in junior surfing, the ASP World Junior Title, as the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships prepare to run at the famed beachbreak from January 9 – 17, 2010.

Le-Ba Boardriders are stoked that we have 2 entrants in this major event. Stu Kennedy - 2008 Australasian Pro Junior Champion (round 1 Ht 11) and Owen Wright - 2009 Australasian Pro Junior Champion (round 1 Ht 9) are both among the favorites. Go hard fellahs.

Both Stu and Owen had big wins in their round 1 heats and move straight thru to round 3.

Photo Steve Robertson ASP

Stuey survived a tough heat in tricky conditions against a Brazilian pilot to move into round 4. Owen had a win in a wave starved low scoring heat and joins Stuey in the 4th round.

Stuey pulled off a great win in really dodgy conditions to go into the quarters.He held the lead for nearly the entire heat and finished with his highest score on the hooter. Nice work mate. Stu now faces Jadson Andre. Owen was forced to play catch-up for the entire heat in the undersized conditions and unfortunately was eliminated. Owen finishes in 9th.

Stuey has finished 5th at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. Stu was behind for the first half of the heat but then he smashed a right hander to get the highest wave, a 7.83. The Brazilian was a bit rattled and unfortunately for Stu used his priority to shut him out of a semi final berth. Still a great result and a solid start to 2010 for Stuey. Well done mate.

photo Kirstin ASP

The Quiksilver Jetty Surf Pro Junior is running on Victoria’s Surfcoast beginning this Sunday January 3rd. Long range weather and swell forecasts indicate a ground swell arriving for the start of the event and hopefully maintaining right through the events waiting period.Nik Hoskin surfs in Ht 8 and Joe Sandercock surfs in Ht 12 in the round of 96. Good luck fellahs.

Joe surfed a solid heat and is into the round of 64 Ht 11. Bad luck for Nik who was unable to find the good scoring rides and was eliminated in the round of 96.

Joe went down in a tough heat today and finishes in 33rd.