The Rip Curl Pro - the world's longest running and most prestigious professional surfing contest - will take place around Bels Beach from March 30 to April 10 this year.
Adam Melling and Owen Wright will be joined by wildcard Stu Kennedy in round 1.
Good luck fellahs

Layday today. Swell forecast is not looking real good.

Layday today.

Stuey was thrown out in some of the worst ever conditions for a Bells event today and couldn't find the high scoring lumps of crap to win. He will surf next in round 2 heat 1 against Durbo. Mello will surf in the second heat of the day when competition resumes.

Mello looked the goods to take his first CT heat win only to have it snatched from him in the dying minutes. He moves to a round 2 match-up against Dan Ross. Owen lost in a really close heat and will destroy Ben Dunn in round 2.

Bad luck for Stuey today going down with a 12.06 to Bede 13.16. Just competing in a WCT at this early stage in his career is a fantastic privilege and great experience.

Mello had a back and forth heat with Rossy and needed a 6.56 to win. A wave approached as the clock counted down but Adam couldn't get on until after the hooter. Had that wave counted it may have been close to a 10 with 2 massive top turns and the biggest frontside air reverse of the day. Bugger

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Owen won a nail biter and booked a place in round 3.


Owen seemed to never really find his timing against Jordy and was eliminated finishing in 17th
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The O’Neill Coldwater Classic Tasmania runs March 23 - 28 in the northwest corner of Tasmania. Stu Kennedy surfs in the round of 144 Ht 10. Stephen Walsh is in Ht 13 , James Wood is in Ht 14 and Anthony Walsh starts in ht 16. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE March 23
Stu had a great heat and easily progressed into the round of 96. Walshy took a while to get used to the cold but produced some heat in the end with a big win. Woody scraped thru a tight, low scoring heat to join the fellahs in the next round. A good day for the Le-Ba surfers.

UPDATE March 25
Stu had a big heat win today, finishing with a heat total of 13.83 and sliding into the 48. In heat 13 Woody grabbed a spot in the 48 but unfortunately Stephen Walsh dipped out. Stu surfs again in Ht 5 and Woody is in Ht 8

UPDATE March 26
Stu left the other fellahs fighting for second in a dominating display today. With wave scores of 8.00 and 6.50 Stu is keeping everything on track for a big result. Woody also cracked the top 24 with a 2nd in his heat and is looking really good as we head into the pointy end of the competition. In the next round Stuey is in Ht 3 and Woody isin Ht 6. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE March 27
Stuey had another solid heat win and moved into the final 16.Woody took a while to get going but produced the goods in the end and joined Stu in the next round.
In his round of 16 heat Stuey went to work and showed his competitive experience to eliminate the Brazilian national champ. Woody made a really strong start to his round of 16 heat but just couldn't find a second score and finished in 9th scoring 949 valuable ratings points. Good on ya Woody, that's a keeper mate.

UPDATE March 28
Stu Kennedy has won the O'Neill CWC Tasmania 2010. After a tough quarter and an even closer semi Stu went fully ballistic in the final and destroyed poor old Wiggolly. At the start of the final Stu had a couple of short low scoring waves but he blew the final up with a wave that had everything in the judging criteria and scored a 9.50. He backed that up with an 8.50 to get the highest heat total of the event and combo Wiggolly back to Rio. Congratulations Stuey, love ya work mate. The 3000 points that come with this victory should push Stu up to around 28th on the one world ranking.
Stu will go from Tassie to the Rip Curl Pro at Bells to compete as a wildcard. Good luck grom.

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The 6 star prime WQS Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River will be held at Surfers Point March 15 to 21. Anthony Walsh is in the Trials. Stu Kennedy surfs in Ht 10 and James Wood in Ht13 of the round of 128. Owen Wright surfs in Ht 7 and Adam Melling surfs in Ht 23 of the round of 96. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE March 15
Anthony Walsh surfed thru 6 rounds of trials and came 2nd in his round of 128 to move into the round of  96 heat 12. Stuey and Woody both surfed well and also finished 2nd and will be up again in the round of 96.

UPDATE March 17
Owen blitzed his heat with a total of 17.10 which included a really nice barrel on his first wave for an 8.67. Walshy couldn't find the good ones and bowed out. Stuey put in a commanding performance to win his heat with a 16.44 total. His 8.77 knocked off Owen for the highest scoring wave of the day. Woody couldn't buy a wave and was eliminated.

UPDATE March 18
Mello put together a solid performance and notched up a heat win to join the fellahs in the round of 48.
In the round of 48 Owen had a nightmare heat. An early wipe out and a paddle hassle was compounded when he snapped his board. Owen had to swim over to Rob who was caddying and make his way back out to the take off area. He managed to get a mid range score and lost his board again briefly. With time running out couldn't find the score needed and bowed out in 25th.
Unfortunately for Stu, he was in a heat where the world champ went ballistic and lifted Nic Mushy to another level. Stuey surfed well but couldn't match the fellahs in those conditions today. Stu also finishes 25th with 1253 ratings points.
Mello stayed busy ,catching plenty of waves, but could not find the right waves with scoring potential. Adam is definitely keen to accumulate some ratings points, as was shown by his strategy to catch a few insiders in the radical conditions but he was caught out of position when the sets came and was eliminated.

The Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung will be taking place on Bondi Beach from 12th to 14th March. One of the seeds is Boost Team Rider Owen Wright who turned heads at the 2008 SurfSho when he took out both the Junior trials and the main event, defeating both Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow in the process. Mikey Wright is in the junior trials and is also in the celebrity charity challenge in Taj Burrow's team which should be webcast around 12:00pm Staurday.

FUEL TV will be covering the finals this Sunday from 2:15pm till 3:15pm.

Mikey had a red hot go at the junior trials but fell just short of qualifying. He surfed really well in the charity challenge attempting some big airs and nailing a massive backside floater before his bro dropped in on him and proceeded to smash a huge frontside air reverse. Owen had the crowd pumped for the final day with his  almost nonchalant aerial act.

Owen has won the Boost Mobile SurfSho in spectacular fashion at Bondi. Three minutes into the final Owen nailed a huge frontside air reverse and scored a 9.80. Mick, Jordy, Chippa and Kerrsy were simply blown out of the water.

"I'm ecstatic! Where's the thesaurus to describe how I feel? It was a great final, great atmosphere, and a great crowd. I'm buzzing! It's been a big three days. I'm stoked to be at Bondi and walking away with the Boost Mobile SurfSho trophy and this cheque!"

This is Owen's 2nd Boost Mobile SurfSho win. Congatulations


The SFNC regional titles round 1 was held at Lennox March 6. Le-Ba surfers results -

Under 18's
Nik Hoskin 3rd
Tom Snellgrove 5th
Shannon Mackie 7th
Angus Steeles 10th

Under 16's
Mikey Wright 2nd
Sam Morgan 7th

Under 14's
Zac Wightman 2nd
Jake Snellgrove 4th
Rhys Tatum 5th
Regan Martinovich 5th
Jack Murray 7th
Luke Condon 9th
Zak Condon 13th

Good job grommets

The ASP 4-star Burton Toyota Pro at Merewether beach runs March 9-14. Stephen Walsh will surf in the round of 112 in heat 7. James Wood surfs in the round of 32 heat 15.
Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE March 13
Woody had a solid win against his Mexican opponent in the round of 32. Unfortunately he went down by 1.03 points to Gossman and finished in 9th.


Glen Elliott – Head of Judging Surfing Australia will be giving a judging presentation to go through the recent changes made to the criteria. This is a great opportunity for all club members to polish their judging skills and also a chance for competitive surfers to gain a better understanding of what judges are looking for.
The presentation will start at 6:00 pm at the Lake Ainsworth Sport & Rec on Wednesday 24th March .
2010 Le-Ba Boardriders AGM will be held prior to the presentation at 5:30pm.
All club members urged to attend to vote on 2010 official club positions