Anthony Walsh (Lennox Head) in action. KAREN WILSON / ASP
Anthony Walsh (Lennox Head) in action. KAREN WILSON / ASP

Big swells ahead

By PHIL ROXBURGH

THE South Pacific looks set to boil, with big swells expected at Teahupoo for the 2007 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

While Byron Bay's Danny Wills has a regular spot on the WCT, local surfers Anthony Walsh (Lennox Head), Laurie Towner (Angourie) and renowned Ocean Shores free-surfer Brendan Margieson are gunning their way through the trials seeking wildcard starts for the main event.

Walsh was scraped on the reef early in the week but responded with a solid third-round heat win.

Mark Occhilupo took out the inaugural event in 1999 and remains the only Australian to have won it, while Kelly Slater made history with the first perfect score (two 10-point rides) to win in 2005.

Re-enactment IT'S something that we might associate with Captain Cook's landing or the First Fleet, but at Burleigh Heads today the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking 1977 Stubbies Classic will involve a re-enactment of the day that surfing was first presented in man-on-man heats by then contest director Peter Drouyn.

Most of the original surfers from the high end of the results sheet for the original event will surf, with Mick Fanning taking the honour of surfing for the winner, Michael Peterson.

The results will be recorded as they were in 1977 and the progressions kept the same, right down to the Mark Richards v Michael (Fanning) Peterson, with Peterson's mum even accepting the trophy.

The Stubbies Classic 30th Reunion is a great opportunity to take in a bit surfing history and not to be missed if you're heading north.

Strong bond ONE of the first surf cam websites www.coastalwatch.com.au and Surfing Australia have strengthened their long-running partnership with the announcement this week that Coastalwatch is to increase its assistance to Surfing Australia.

This is be provided by stronger links with the Surf Schools program of Surfing Australia and the introduction of the Coastalwatch National Talent Search Program, in which Surfing Australia's head coach and former WCT surfer Sasha Stocker will travel around the nation assisting more than 250 up-and-coming young surfers.

The Australian Sports Commission is also to become involved and the whole operation is to create improved career pathways for surfing's future.

The alliance will incorporate Coastalwatch's enhanced involvement in the Australian Open and Australian Longboarding Titles.

Whose space? THE MySpace website has teamed up with Rip Curl in a deal which will see the Rip Curl Search TV shows, Rip Curl International Films back catalogue, streaming and event video productions from Rip Curl-owned contests around the world as well as international surf and snow events, all screen exclusively online through MySpace and www.ripcurl.com

With more than 145 million MySpace users worldwide that presents the possibility of a lot of market exposure for Rip Curl, which already has sales in over 50 countries. See www.ripcurl.com or www.myspace.com/ripcurl for more.

Cold pros YOU wouldn't expect to find a prime rated WQS event in Scotland, but with US$125,000 up for grabs there is no shortage of entries in the Highland Pro at Brims Ness this week.

The by now very chilled-out FNC performers included Jarrad Sullivan (Byron Bay), Adam Melling (Lennox Head), Daniel Ross (Angourie) and Kieren Perrow (Byron Bay).

Perrow last week consolidated his WQS ratings with a fifth placing at the Quiksilver Pro Africa WQS event in Durban, South Africa. Angourie's Daniel Ross was 17th.

Bros and Sisters AT the Bros Neilsen Pro Junior last week on the Gold Coast, Mitch Coleborn (Queensland) won from Heath Joske (NSW).

FNC results: 9th Dale Richards (Tweed Heads), 13th Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay), 19th Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head), 25th Nic Colbey (Byron Bay) and Laurie Towner (Angourie).

Joske and Towner are now both in Tahiti, while Parkes is headed for the Quiksilver World Junior Championship in Portugal.

The girls did very well last week too, with Cabarita's Ashleigh Smith and Casuarina's Brittani Nicholls finishing equal seventh, while Byron Bay's Stephanie Sallis was 13th. In the final, Sally Fitzgibbons (NSW) won from Rebecca Oakley (Queensland).

Byron Malibus THE 2007 Byron Malibu Classic features single fin longboards and always attracts the cream of Australian longboarding.

Get out to Wategos Beach for a feast of log riding when the event paddles out next Thursday for three days and nights of malibu madness.

Watch this space for a full report next week.

Meanwhile, the Byron Bay Malibu Club's April results were: Old Mal: 1 Dan Wallace, 2 Jack Milgate, 3 Chris Bode. Sixths: 1 Chris Bode, 2 Bill Lockhart, 3 Matt Dart. Fifths: 1 Phil Mansfield, 2 Kris Keevers, 3 Sandy Van Delft. Fourths: 1 Chris Milgate, 2 Kev Devlin, 3 Gabby. Thirds: 1 Tim Compton, 2 Jack Van Delft, 3 Dan Wallace. Seconds: 1 Steve Mills, 2 Peter Hall, 3 Jessie Walker. Firsts: 1 Ian Pearson, 2 Alan Atkins, 3 Mitch Fraser. One Heat Wonders: 1 Frank Watego, 2 Stu Wallace, 3 Elaine Reid. Keikis: Bodyboard: 1 Angus, 2 Morgan, 3 Jye, 4 Abbey. Surfboard: 1 Kiana, 2 Tiana, 3 Nathan.

BB Boardriders APRIL (Round 3) results: Fleas (Under-10s): 1 Fin Crisp, 2 Corey Naughton, 3 Kalani Prestage, 4 Kyuss King. Fleas (Under-13s): 1 Jordan Congdon, 2 Henry Phillips, 3 Tommy Boucat, 4 Zac Skyraing. Cadets: 1 Sol Bailey, 2 Daniel Pinter, 3 Nick Timms, 4 Javen O'Neil. Juniors 1 Garrett Parkes, 2 Josh Gehl, 3 Dom Sullivan, 4 Zira O'Gai. Opens: 1 Matt Crisp, 2 Luke Stickley, 3 Shane Wehner, 4 Luke Farquar. Seniors: 1 Andrew Bailey, 2 Shane Lawson, 3 Dave Hamilton, 4 Jeremy Byles. Masters: 1 Paul Sullivan, 2 Callin Hede, 3 Dave Hamilton, 4 Neil Cameron. Women: 1 Carly Smith, 2 Sunny Glasser, 3 Kell McDermott. The next Byron Bay Boardriders club round is on Sunday, May 6.

Coming up SECOND round of the Far North Coast Regional Titles at Yamba this weekend.

Headlanders Bodyboard Club April round tomorrow, meet at the usual spot.

Lennox-Ballina Boardriders' next club round May 5-6, usual times and places.

Byron Bay Malibu Classic May 3-5. Entries available via www.surfingaustralia.com.au Still a few places available. The Malfunction Cold Coast May 9-13. Places available in the women's divisions, the Golden Breed Retro and the Bic Open. All other amateur divisions are full.

ICON Australia All Girls Surf Showdown June 9-10-11. Rusty Gromfest July 6-10. Entry forms are out now. Get them in as soon as possible if you want a start. Go to www.rusty.com.au to download one.

Surf check SMALLISH conditions around 1m with northerly winds today and westerly winds tomorrow, ahead of some monster swells predicted for the coming week.

Try this surf check by mouse for a bit of surf fun from video-grapher, Justin Gane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JsDt-teM0Q You'll be amazed.



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