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By no means was it a classic swell day down here at Belgas but it needed to get done with the forecast promising only one really solid day left in the calendar. Turns out that if you put all these guys in the water and surround them with ramps they'll go and launch themselves silly. Taj got done over by the impressive Matty Wilkinson, Brett Simpson and Andre went big with the latter sneaking the heat. Jeremy Flores is quietly building some momentum and Owen Wright was a phenomenon. As the sun slipped into the sea it was glassy, rippable and you had forgotten that Supertubos even existed.© 2014 Rip Curl
It was not in the script for Travis Logie to beat Mick at this juncture. Surfing never follows the script though and word is that Kelly has been showing Travis how to win. Buying a heat? Here have two. "I can't believe it," Logie said. "Halfway through that heat, I was comboed and couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Then I got two good rights and surfed them for all I was worth. The scores didn't come through for a while because there were a lot of waves close together. Then it came out that I had taken the lead and Mick got that good one right at the end. He just missed out and I'm so stoked."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Someone called Owen's 10 point aerial 'pretty impressive' which it was. Maybe even 'mighty impressive'. Full on 10s have been rarer than rocking horse poo this year (this is the fourth). Owen put landing it down to his creased board adding magical shock absorbing properties. "I had actually creased my board on the wave previous and I was really just coming in to change boards," Wright said. "I was really just going for broke and the section presented itself. I actually got more height than I thought I would and rotated out of it clean. I was pretty psyched when I heard the score. "I have great memories from this event last year and some bad memories too, but I feel like I've put those behind me and I'm moving forward. That was a great heat for me and hopefully I can move forward."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
The swell for tomorrow (Wednesday) looks small before a long period arrives in the afternoon courtesy of Hurricane Otto so there is a chance of a cracking end to the day. All day Thursday looks ok, we're not talking huge swell but it's a decent pulse and definitely capable of overhead sets. Friday sees the swell quickly backing off. Winds don't look to be an issue - a bit of mid afternoon westerly onshore on Thursday and Friday might not improve conditions but don't look strong enough to cause much problem.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Oliver Nermerich went to the Algarve for a blogger event and stayed to make a surf movie.
A pin sharp glance through the Hurley Pro as we (roughly) approach the mid point.
It may be too late for the ASP Big Wave World Tour, but Dungeons lit up.
Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...