36th B.K Annual Byron Bay Easter Surfing Classic runs over the Easter weekend @ Broken Head. A huge crew of Le-Ba surfers are entered in most of the divisions. The forecast is for small swell throughout the event so take your grovel boards fellas.

Update April 25th
It was a great weekend for Le-Ba surfers at Broken Head with finalists in every division. In the Opens James Wood finished second in a close one. In the Juniors Sam Morgan finished 2nd with Nik Hoskin in 3rd. The Cadets also featured 2 Le-Ba finalists with Jake Snellgrove coming 3rd and Zac Wightman in 4th. In the Fleas Luke Condon finished 3rd in a final that was very close between 1st and 3rd places. In the Seniors Marcus Aboody won from Willsy on his last wave. In the Masters Anthony Bates finished 3rd while only needing only a small score to take the win - next year Batesy. Congatulations fellas

All photos courtesy Steve Condon

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach running from April 19th – 30th will be celebrating an historic 50 years in operation this year. Adam Melling kicks off his campaign for the coveted Bell trophy in Ht 2 vs Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr. Owen Wright starts in Ht 3 vs Heitor Alves and Bobby Martinez. As a result of Trav Logie withdrawing from the competition, Rip Curl has nominated Stu Kennedy to join Gabriel Medina as the second sponsor wildcard. Stu will surf in Ht 5 vs Jordy and Dusty. Good luck fellas.

In the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Tyler Wright surfs in Ht 6 vs Coco Ho and Pauline Ado.

Mello @ Bells pre event
Owen pre event media work

UPDATE April 19th
Layday today, check back tomorrow.

More swell coming

UPDATE April 20th
A great start for Mello today with a well deserved win in round 1. Adam controlled the heat from the hooter with Taj and Kerrzy unable to put together a decent total in the clean 4' - 6' waves. Have a day off and we'll see you in round 3 mate.

Last minute wildcard Stu Kennedy caused the upset of the day, eliminating 2010 ASP World Title runner-up Jordy Smith and Dusty Payne.

"I've been coming here for years. I won a Pro Junior here in 2008 and I know where to sit. I don't think Dusty and Jordy know the break as well as I do so that helps. I've been up since 3am because I'm jet-lagged from coming home from Scotland. I woke up with a bunch of energy it's my shaper's birthday so I woke him up at 5am to go surfing. I had to win my heat for him for his birthday."

Watch out for Stu in round 3.

Owen had a pretty ordinary heat in round 1 and will be looking to get things back on track in round 2 tomorrow. Tyler narrowly missed out on a win and moved into round 2.

Owen Day 1

UPDATE April 21st
Owen put together his best heat of 2011 to send the Cold Medina home in round 2 today.

"I knew that he was dangerous out there. I got a couple of good scores and kept building on them throughout the heat. I had a few nerves in my first round heat and didn't find any form at all, so it felt great to have a good heat. I'm not a rookie anymore, I'm one of the guys in the top few that wants to get higher. It's a challenge, but I'm ready to step up."

Owen driving

Check the video below to see some incredible backhand surfing.

In round 2 of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach the girls were sent out in perfect 6' Bells. Tyler dominated her opponent for a big win with a 16.00 total and advanced into round 3.

UPDATE April 22nd
Owen came out firing in heat 1 of the day in super clean 4' - 5' conditions to eliminate the Klingon and move into round 4.

Mello struggled to find the waves with high scoring potential during the first half of his heat and then had to sit through a lull until the hooter went. He finished the event in 13th.

Stu took on Slater in a heat that was fairly intense due to a lack of waves. In the dying minutes Stu sold Slater a dud to gain priority and was only looking for a 6.35 to win but unfortunately nothing arrived in time and Stu finished in 13th. Bad luck mate, you'll get him next time.

Tyler finished 2nd to Steph in the Telstra Power Round ( round 3 ) of the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach and will surf in Ht 3 of round 4 vs Jessi Miley-Dyer.

UPDATE April 23rd
Owen looked to have a spot in the quarters sorted until Parko stole it in the dying minutes. Owen gets another chance tomorrow in round 5 Ht 1 vs Bede.

One more chance

Tyler had a good start to the day taking out Jessi Miley-Dyer in a close heat. Unfortunately Steph Gilmore decided to find some form in the quarters and bundled Tyler out to finish 5th.

UPDATE April 24th
Owen surfed powerful and precise in round 5 to take out Bede. In the quarters Owen did as much as he could but the waves were almost tailor made for the natural footers to find the highest scoring potential and Parko was on a roll. Owen finished in 5th. Congratulations mate.

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland ASP 6-Star runs 13th - 19th April 2011 at Thurso, Northern Scotland. This is the event that Mello won to become Lord Melling and is the 2nd event in the CWC series. Stu Kennedy almost won the series last year and heads into this event after a 3rd in NZ. Joining Stu in the round of 96 are James Wood and Stephen Walsh. Good luck fellas.

UPDATE April 13th
No luck for Walshy in the pumping reefbreak barrels at Thurso today with an early elimination. When the event resumes Woody will surf the first heat of the day.

UPDATE April 14th
Lay day today. Stuey waited patiently for the eventual call that his round 1 heat would not be hitting the water.

“Today is a bit of an upset for waves after yesterday where I watched a few heats and it pumped. Being in the later heats of a round you can always expect it to get called off. I’ve seen the forecast is looking very good so I am not too stressed about waiting.”

UPDATE April 15th
Woody had a heat win but unfortunately went down in the round of 48. Stu was eliminated in really tight first heat.

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Telstra Drug Aware Pro 6 star prime runs April 4th - 10th at Margaret River , W.A. Adam Melling, Owen Wright and Stu Kennedy will start in the round of 96. Good luck fellas.

UPDATE April 5th
A strange thing happened today in W.A with Owen and Mello both being eliminated in their first heat.

UPDATE April 6th
A bunch of heats were run today in pretty bad conditions. Stu will surf in the first heat when competition resumes tomorrow. The forecast is for anything from 8' - 15' and strong winds . Good luck Stuey.

UPDATE April 7th
Stu had a good dig in his heat today in the 6' - 12' stormy madness but was unfortunately pushed down into 3rd and eliminated in the final minute