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Events

9am Start for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina in Imbituba, Brazil
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9am Start for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina in Imbituba, Brazil

IMBITUBA, Brazil (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008) – Today is the first of a nine-day waiting period for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, the second to last stop on the 2008 ASP World Tour, and the action will commence in Imbituba, Brazil at 9am. Favorable four to five foot (one metre plus) conditions are on offer this morning.

Mason Ho Claims Oakley Pro Junior, Zietz Takes Macy's Trifecta
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Mason Ho Claims Oakley Pro Junior, Zietz Takes Macy's Trifecta

SANTA CRUZ, California (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Mason Ho (North Shore, HI), 20, won the Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships, an ASP Grade-3 event, in four-to-six foot (2 metre) surf at Santa Cruz’s coveted Steamer Lane this afternoon by posting the highest heat total of the event, a near perfect 19.10 out of a possible 20, leaving fellow finalists Jayke Sharp (Coffs Harbor, AUS), 19, Fisher Heverly (Emerald Isle, NC), 17, and Bruno Rodrigues (Huntington Beach, CA), 20, in a combination situation.

Nat Young Wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Byrne Claims Macy's Trifecta
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Nat Young Wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Byrne Claims Macy's Trifecta

SANTA CRUZ, California (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic in great four-to-six foot (2 metre) surf in front of his home crowd at Steamer Lane. Young defeated fellow finalists Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 21, Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 18, and Sean Moody (North Shore, HI), 25, and reclaimed the O’Neill Cold Water Classic title for the Santa Cruz locals in a close Final.

Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu
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Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu

CARCAVELOS/GUINCHO, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Jean Da Silva (BRA), 23, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro at the back-up venue of Guincho today, in testing six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves. Da Silva, who defeated American Gabe Kling (USA) in the last battle of the ASP WQS European Series, clinched 2500 valuable ratings’ points and confirmed he was back in form after a tough year.

Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion
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Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion

CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), 25, was crowned ASP European Men’s Champion after his last title contender Marlon Lipke (DEU) was eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro today. Boal, who clinches his maiden regional title, did not attend the event in Portugal due to a foot injury but adds another title to his stellar year after qualifying for next year’s ASP World Tour.

Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic completed Round 5 today in three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) surf. Local surfers Bud Freitas (Santa Cruz, CA), 24, and Randy Bonds (Santa Cruz, CA), 31, continued to standout in front of their home crowd as they attempt to take the O’Neill Cold Water Classic title back to Santa Cruz, while Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 18, proved he is a threat to steal the title chances from the Santa Cruz entourage. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships completed Round 2 and the first two Quarterfinal heats this afternoon as well.

Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow
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Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow

GUINCHO / CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Estoril Coast Pro, last ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of the year taking place on the European shores, entered the exciting and dramatic Man-on-man Round 5 at the main location of Carcavelos today in excellent three-foot surf after wrapping up the 3-Man battles in building six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves at the back-up venue of Guincho. The Estoril Coast Pro will finish tomorrow and eight men only remain in contention for the ASP WQS 6-Star valuable 2500 winner’s points.

Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Friday, October 24, 2008) – Day Four of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic saw Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, lead the battle of the locals in his stacked heat against fellow Santa Cruz standouts Jason Collins (Santa Cruz, CA), 34, who advanced in second, and former two-time event finalist Josh Loya (Santa Cruz, CA), 39. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships saw a blend of international talent hit the water today as well.

Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge
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Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge

GUINCHO, Portugal (Friday, October 24, 2008) – The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro endured strong on-shore winds today at its back-up venue of Guincho and twenty heats were ran in three foot (one meter) tricky waves giving all competitors a hard time to battle for a berth in Round 4, the 3-Man heat round.