Quiksilver Saquarema Prime presented by Powerade runs from May 20th -25th at Praia de Itauna, Brazil. Stu Kennedy, current WQS rated 36th and reigning Le-Ba Open Champ, will be there chasing the Qualification points. Stu belongs on the CT and is getting close. Get behind him on Facebook  and give him a boost. Stu surfs in Ht20 in the round of 96. Good luck mate.

Update May 21st
Stu surfed a very patient heat in the round of 96, in clean but inconsistent conditions. The ASP has implemented 4 man priority for this event and there will be some teething problems but Stu used it to his advantage. Commentators were calling him the basement dweller for most of the heat but Stu was just waiting for a good one. A good one came and he threw down a full rotation frontside air and then backed it up in the final minutes to finish 2nd. Unfortunately Stu finished 3rd in the Round of 48 and was eliminated. Next event in the QS is the Los Cabos Open of Surf in Mexico, June 16th.

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Surfing Far North Coast Regional Titles ran May 17th - 18th in fun 3' wedges at Turners Beach , Yamba. In the U12 Boys Hunter Weston took the title with Jack O'Brien 2nd and Angus Baker 4th. In the U14 Boys Mikey McDonagh continued his stellar 2014 by taking the title with Eli Carr 3rd and James Magree 4th. In the U16's Jack Murray backed up his School Regional Titles win on Friday with another Regional Title and Luke Condon made the team for States finishing 5th. In the U18's Zac Wightman scored a 9.00 but fell 0.2 short and finished 2nd. Aeran Thomas took his surfing up to a new level on the weekend and finished 3rd in the 18's against highly regarded opposition. Mahlia Carr surfed great in the overhead conditions to win the U12 Girls. Congratulations Le-Ba groms !

If you have any photos from the weekend send them through to info@le-baboardriders.com 




Billabong Rio Pro runs May 7th - 18th at Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The primary event site is the beachbreak of Barra da Tijuca while the backup sites include the lefthand point of Praia da Arpoador and if the winds aren’t cooperating, a sheltered third wave Canto do Recreio will also be an option. Adam Melling starts in Ht 3 vs Brett Simpson and Taj. Good luck mate.
The event will get off to a nice start with a mid to longer period SSE swell on track strongest Wednesday before easing Thursday and into Friday.
 
Update May 7th
Mello couldn't find any gems in the 2' wonky close out shorey today and was sent into Round 2. 

Update May 10th
Adam caught plenty of waves and surfed with determination in his heat vs Ace but couldn't find a 5.34 in the terrible conditions. Brazil done now Mello gets to go surfing in Fiji. There won't be any heats in 2' onshore closeouts there, guaranteed.



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