Quiksilver Pro France 2010 WCT waiting period runs September 25th - October 5th in Hossegor , France. Adam Melling, current world no.20 and Owen Wright, current world no.8 will be there chasing some French beachbreak perfection. With swell projected for the beginning of the waiting period the event should start on Saturday , 25th. Adam surfs in Ht 3 vs Taj and Travis Logie. Owen surfs in Ht 10 vs Tiago Pires and Roy Powers. Mikey Wright will also be there competing in the King of the Groms. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE September 25th
Heavy wind and rain is cutting through the two-to-three foot lineup at Culs Nus Beach this morning, prompting event organizers to call a lay day for the Quiksilver Pro France.
“We have heavy onshore flow and rain this morning and have called competition off for the day,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “The wind is expected to abate this afternoon and tomorrow and we’ll be back at 8am to consider commencing competition. We’ll assess conditions this afternoon at both Culs Nus Beach and nearby La Nord to determine tomorrow’s potential venue.”

UPDATE September 26th
Quiksilver Pro France started today in 6' barrels on the shorey with 6' - 8' sets breaking on the outside bank. Mello put it all on the line and suffered some gnarly beatings trying to find the elusive bombs. Needing to borrow a board from Luke Munro after his own quiver went missing in transit was never going to be a good way to start an event. Adam finished 3rd even though he charged thru one massive pit that was one of the sickest of the morning.
Owen put on a dominant display to score a big win and move straight thru to round 3.

“I’d seen Ace sneak off down there to the left earlier. I figured that it’s a left, I’m a goofy-footer and it could work out. It’s hard work out there. I didn’t really feel like I got amazing barrels, but given the conditions, I guess it worked out okay.”

UPDATE September 27th
The pumping barrels of yesterday gave way to inconsistent two-to-three foot waves this morning, prompting event organizers at the Quiksilver Pro France to call competition off after completing the opening three heats of Round 2. When competition resumes Adam Melling will surf in Ht 12 vs Taylor Knox.

UPDATE September 28th
Lay day today for Quik Pro France. After a solid heat in the opening round of The King Of The Groms Mikey was eliminated in round 3 by Leonardo Fioravanti

UPDATE September 30th
Round 2 eventually ran today in fun 5'-6' waves. Conditions deteriorated during the day and when Mello paddled out the barrels had dried up. Taylor Knox eliminated Adam in a tight heat 11.67 to 10.03.
“The conditions change so much in France that I knew the barrels we were seeing earlier in the afternoon weren’t going to be around for us. It was always going to come down to turns and unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of opportunities for either of us out there. I have a ton of respect for Adam he’s an amazing surfer and it’s hard when you draw your friends early" Knox said.

                                                                   photo Kirstin ASP
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UPDATE October 1st
A mammoth day of action has been completed with the Quiksilver Pro France running Rounds 3, 4 and 5 in pumping 4'-6' waves at Culs Nus Beach. In round 3 Owen destroyed Pat Gudauskas with a heat total of 16.27 that included an epic 9.10 forehand pit.

In round 4 Owen couldn't find the right waves and moved into the second chance round. In round 5 Owen scored a couple of great barrels against Rossy but suffered an absolute pounding, snapping three boards in under 30 minutes.
“I’m pretty sore. That was the biggest pounding of my life. The waves were just pumping. It was pretty surreal. Every time I took the drop was straight down on my backhand. You can’t pass those waves up. If I didn’t go them, I wasn’t going to get 9s and it would have been a crime against surfing.”
Owen finished in 9th. Well done mate

UPDATE October 2nd
In a nice way to finish the event Owen won the expression session right before the Final.

Billabong Tsurigasaki Pro 4 Star WQS event runs September 22nd - 26th at Shida Shita Chiba, Japan. Stephen Walsh, Dan Thomson ( 5th in 2009 )and James Wood all start in round 1 ( round of 160 ). Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE September 22nd
The event started today in tiny 1' dribble. Walshy , Thomo and Woody all progressed into round 2.

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Woody photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan

Thomo photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan

UPDATE September 23rd
Day 2 ran in stormy 3' conditions with a typhoon lurking off the coast. Walshy had a big win in Ht 1 round of 128 with a 14.00 total. Next up was Thomo in Ht 10 scoring a solid win with 12.66 total. Woody fought for a tough win in a low scoring Ht 12.
In the round of 96 Walshy took it up a notch scoring a big win with a total of 16.00 ( 7.67 and 8.33 ).

Woody photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan
Thomo photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan
Walshy photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan

UPDATE September 24th
Day 3 ran in rippy stormy 3'- 4' conditions which made wave choice really difficult. Unfortunately Dan Thomson couldn't find the right waves and was eliminated by 0.47 points. Woody led his heat from start to finish and won with a 13.50 ( 8.33 and 5.17 ) total joining Walshy in the round 4.
In the round of 64 Walshy dominated once again and moved into the final 32. Woody held the lead for his entire heat until the last 30 seconds when he was pushed into 2nd but still progressed to the final 32.

Wooody photo S. Yamamoto ASP Japan

UPDATE September 25th
Massive out of control conditions due to Typhoon Malakas forced a lay day today.

UPDATE September 26th
The final day of the event was run in clean 6'+ waves. After waiting 20 mins for a start, while another competitor attempted to get out the back, Walshy surfed a really smart heat for another win and moved into the final 16. Woody couldn't find right waves and was knocked in 17th.
In the quarters Walshy surfed well and did enough to progress. In the semi Stephen couldn't match his wave choice from previous heats and finished the event in 7th and scored US$1,800. Congratulations mate.

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Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage Gold Coast Zac Wightman photo courtesy Condon family

Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage Gold Coast ran over the weekend ( 18th - 19th Sept). In the U13's Zac Wightman continued his recent dominance and took out the event while in the U16's Tom Snellgrove put in a great performance to finish in 2nd. Sam Morgan and Dan Hosking both finished in the top 10 n the U16's.Jake Snellgrove ( 5th ) and Luke Condon ( 7th )finished just out of the top placings in the U13's. Well done groms.

All photos Condon family

Hurley Pro Trestles, event No. 6 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, waiting period is from September 12 through 18, 2010. Adam Melling and Owen Wright will be there chasing the points. Good luck fellahs
The ASP will unveil its new 36-man format at this event.

Round 1: 12 three-man heats, 1st advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2
Round 2: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 3, 2nd is Equal 25th place
Round 3: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 4, 2nd is Equal 13th place
Round 4: Four 3-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5
Round 5: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is Equal 9th
Quarterfinals: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd is Equal 5th
Semifinals: Two man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Finals, 2nd is Equal 3rd
Final: One man-on-man heat, 1st and 2nd

UPDATE Sept 13th
The event started today in rippable 3'-4' waves. Adam Melling finished second to Adriano de Souza by 0.04 points and will surf next in Round 2 Ht 9 vs Tom Whitaker. Owen Wright finished second to Ace by less than a point and surfs next in Round 2 Ht 6.

Mello photo courtesy Hurley Pro
Owen photo courtesy Hurley Pro

UPDATE Sept 14th
The Hurley Pro has been called off for the day with event organizers opting to wait for a good swell projected for later in the week.

Surfline are calling for the swell to dip over the next couple of days before a stronger swell system moves in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

UPDATE Sept 15th and 16th
Another lay day today

UPDATE Sept 17th
Maintaining their recent good form, Adam and Owen both had wins today and move into the third round. Good on ya fellahs.

Owen Wright Photo: Michael Lallande

UPDATE Sept 13th
Mello went down to C.J by 0.44 points in round 3 and finished the event with another solid result in 13th.
Owen smashed Tiago Pires in round 3. In round 4 he scored one of the greatest comebacks in ASP history, vaulting past Slater and C.J. in the last three minutes.

“The start of the heat was really tough for me. I was out of rhythm and the other guys were catching all of the waves. I was kind of stuck in a rut. Then that set came through and I got started. C.J. paddled for one and just missed it and I paddled wide and a bomb set came to me. It was the best wave I’ve ever caught out there. It was just such a smooth wave, it actually felt like Bells.”

With the activation of the new 36-man competition format, his round 4 victory advances Owen directly into the Quarterfinals.

“I’m really stoked to get through to the Quarterfinals. I’m guaranteed a 5th at least and I’m pretty stoked with that. I’ll definitely be looking to go a bit further. I feel like this wave really suits me, but it suits everyone as well, so I’ve just got to keep doing my thing and hopefully we keep getting perfect waves like that again tomorrow.”

Owen Wright Photo: Michael Lallande

UPDATE Sept 19th
Owen fought hard in the quarters but couldn't get past Slater who went on to win the event. This 5th place finish will push Owen closer to 2010 Rookie of the year. Congratulations mate.
Owen Wright Photo: Michael Lallande

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