San Miguel Pro Zarautz ASP 6-Star presented by Euskaltel runs from August 30 – 4 September at Zarautz, Basque Country - Spain.In the round of 144 Stephen Walsh surfs Ht 11 and James Wood Ht 12. Good luck fellas

Update August 30th - September 3rd
Lay day.

Update September 4th
Walshy had a win in round 1 but was knocked in the round of 96. Unfortunately Woody was eliminated in round 1.

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Australian Ransom Junior Tag Team Surfing Championships were held in 2-foot windswept surf at Cabarita with the NSW Champs Le–Ba and Kirra the Queensland champions winning their respective semifinals. It set up a final to decide the real Australian junior team champion.

Eight teams started the day, but only one could win and the Le–Ba groms took the early initiative. When coach Joseph Sandercoch sent double-whammy surfer and captain Michael Wright as lead surfer the pressure was immediately on Kirra after Wright locked in a 9-point whammy and a superb 8-pointer on his 2nd ride, in quick time.

Kirra needed to respond quickly but only could manage 10 points out of 30 for their first three rides, until Kirra’s second surfer Jake Cumberland’s double whammy 11 points. With the scores at 26 to 21 Le–Ba’s advantage, again Kirra falter and Tom Snellgrove, Le–Ba’s third surfer took full advantage with a wave brace of 12 points to Kirra’s 4-point brace despite Snellgrove earning a 3-minute time penalty in the sin bin for wave interference. The anchor surfers for Le–Ba were now in a position to close out the final. Josh Atkins, Kirra’s 4th surfer, put credibility back in the scoreboard with a tremendous 8-point score, the inaugural champions Le–Ba scoring a decisive win 52 points to Kirra 45 points.

Congratulations fellas - Aussie Champs

Billabong Pro Tahiti presented by Air Tahiti Nui runs Aug 20 - 31. The world’s best surfers will battle it out for points towards the 2011 ASP World Title as well as those looking to survive the August rotation. Going into the event Owen Wright sits at No.7 and Adam Melling sits at No.33 on the 2011 ASP Mens World Ranking.

Surfline are calling for a favorable storm track in the Southwest Pacific which will likely set up fairly solid surf for most of the first week of the contest waiting period, with a good chance for overhead to well overhead waves on the larger days. Conditions also look favorable, at this point, for at least the first few days of the waiting period.

Owen starts in Ht 7 vs Heitor Alves and Kai Otton. Adam starts in Ht 8 vs Parko and C.J. Good luck fellas.

Update August 16th

Anthony Walsh finished equal third in the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials and just missed out on main event wildcard qualification. Walsh looked on track for a finals berth after the Teahupo'o specialist pulled off a Houdini act in his opening heat. Penalised with a paddling interference in the first few minutes he rallied to register the highest individual wave score of the day - a near perfect 9.8 and advanced in second on a two-wave combined heat total of 13.42 points.

Walshy's momentum ran out when it counted most however, going down against Ricardo Dos Santos in their semi. So close mate.

Walshy missed the wildcard by a bee's dick. Photo

Update August 20th
Free surf warm up day today in perfect 4' - 6' Chopes.

Update August 21st
Adam and Owen both finished 3rd in tough heats in round 1. Unfortunately they have drawn each other in round 2. Good luck fellas. Watch full heat replays with the Heat Analyzer here

Owen racing. Photo ASP

Update August 22nd - 25th
Lay day today. Plenty of swell coming. Check out the latest news in the vid below

Update August 26th
Lay day today. Conditions were not as ideal as expected today.

Update August 27th
Owen defeated Mello in gnarly conditions today in round 2. When competition resumes he surfs against Teahupoo with Taylor Knox. Good luck mate.

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Update August 28th
Lay day 20'+ tow session . Epic

Anthony Walsh charging

Anthony Walsh charging

Update August 29th
In round 3 Owen dusted Taylor with a heat total of 16.80 ( 9.80 and 7.00 ). In round 4 Owen rode a big perfect Chopes pit that looked to be a 10 no worries but was under scored with a 9.77. Next wave he took off really really deep and made an incredible tube to score a 10. Amazing surfing Owen , you deserved a 20 total mate. Owen surfs next in the quarters v Raoni Monteiro . Good luck.

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Update August 30th
Owen Wright finished 2nd today in the final vs Slater. He easily accounted for Raoni Monteiro in the quarters with a 16.74 heat total. In his semi vs Travis Logie Owen nudged perfection again with an incredible 19.50 ( (.8 and 9.7 ) heat total. He started the final with a couple of decent scores but Slater got to work with a 9.50. Owen answered back with a 9.27 and then Old Baldy backed up with a 8.93. With time winding down Owen dropped into a bomb only to have Slater , with priority , go over the falls in front of him. Unfortunately for Owen the hooter went before another set arrived and he finished 1.33 points behind Slater.

“I thought it was an incredible Final. We both got really good waves and I felt like I did what I needed to on them. Kelly just happened to find ones that opened up a little better. Congrats to him, and hoping I can get him in the next one.”

Owen now moves to No. 5 on the ASP World Title Rankings. Congratulations mate.

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Image ASP KIrstin

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Sooruz Lacanau Pro ASP Men’s 6 Star event runs Aug 16 - 21 at Grand Plage,Lacanau,Gironde, France. In the round of 144 Stephen Walsh surfs Ht 3 and James Wood in Ht 7. In the round of 96 Stu Kennedy surfs in Ht 8. Good luck fellas.

Update August 17th
Woody struugled to find the good ones in the small erratic conditions and was eliminated in round 1. Walshy had a decisive victory in round 1 but was eliminated later in round 2. Stu was also unfortunately knocked in round 2 by only 0.65 points. Hopefully the fellas get some better conditions at the next event.

Walshy focus. Photo Aquashot ASP Europe

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The Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters in association with Vans celebrates 30 years of World Tour Surfing at Fistral Beach, U.K from August 9-14. James Wood surfs heat 24 round of 144 and Stu Kennedy is in heat 18 round of 96. Good luck fellas.

Update Aug 12th
Woody made a great start to the event with a solid heat win in strong onshore winds, rain and 4-5ft peaks at Fistral beach. No luck for Stu who was eliminated in a very close heat in the round of 96. Woody surfs next in Ht 24 round of 96.

Update Aug 13th
Woody progressed through a tight heat in round 2 but couldn't find any decent waves in round 3 and finished in 37th.

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2011 Nike US Open of Surfing will run from July 30 to August 7 at Huntington Beach. Adam Melling will surf in Ht 14 and Stu Kennedy in Ht 23 in the round of 96. Good luck fellas.

Update August 3rd
Mello surfed a strong heat and moved into round 2. Watch out for Stu surfing tomorrow morning.

Update August 4th
Bad luck for Stu eliminated in the marginal conditions.

Update August 5th
Another good result sees Mello into the final 24 and a match up with Dane Reynolds.

Update August 6th
Adam surfed well but couldn't get past Dane. He finished 13th.

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It was a huge week of competition, at the Hurley NSW Junior Surfing Titles Presented by Vestal capped off with some excellent results for the Le-Ba groms. Zac Wightman set up his win in the Under 14 Boys final with an excellent 8.50 ride and shortly backed that ride up with another powerful 8.25 final wave to win the crown on a tally of 16.75 to defeat Kian Shahar.
“It’s been so much fun, thanks to everyone who comes down to watch, all the judges and commentators, my friends for bring me here, my sponsors and Surfing NSW.”

In the Under 16 Boys Mikey Wright finished 3rd and Jake Snellgrove was 9th. In the Under 12 Boys Mikey McDonagh came 3rd. Congratulations fellas.