Marking its second year, the Arnette 2012 Cash Pot Surf Series is in full swing. The first of the eight-stop series began last weekend at Seaside Reef in San Diego, and the second will be this weekend at Blackies in Newport Beach.
Unlike most surf events, the Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series distributes prize money to the winners of each heat, not just those who make it to the finals. So, top finishers will take home some prize money, but money and prizes are also set aside for heat winners and the guys that simply just rip it up out there. Both the Pro-Am and Juniors divisions were filled to capacity last weekend, with alternate lists for both in the double digits.
It’s first-come, first served sign-ups and beach entry only – so get there early before 6:30 a.m. to make sure you secure a spot if you want to compete. There are two different divisions – Pro-Am and 16 & Under – with $3,000 in cash up-for-grabs at each event.
At each contest, ASP judging criteria and interference rules will be in full effect. The first place finisher in the 16 & Under division will receive $250, the winner of the Pro-Am division brings home $500 and additional prize will be going to heat winners and surfers who otherwise impress the judges.
2012 Arnette Cash Post Surf Series dates and locations include:
* 2/26 – Seaside Reef, San Diego, CA
* 3/03 – Blackies, Newport Beach, CA
* 3/17 – Ventura, Los Angeles, CA
* 4/21-22 (two day waiting period) – Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ
* 7/08 – Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI
* 7/14 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA
* 8/13 – Ponce Inlet, FL
* 8/17 –Outerbanks, NC
Billabong is asking for photos to show why life is better in boardshorts, and it will help others, too. Billabong has teamed up with SurfAid International, the non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Tsunami relief, providing clean drinking water and reducing the affects of Malaria are all part of SurfAid’s daily mission.
For every photo shared, Billabong will donate $1 to SurfAid, and your entry also gives you the opportunity to win great prizes. Their goal is to gather 50,000 images to raise $50,000 for this great cause.
A weekly winner will receive boardshorts, towels, backpacks and other cool stuff.
The best 50 images as judged by Billabong will come together to make a pair of LTD Editions photo print boardshorts. The owner of these top 50 photo’s will all receive a pair of these Boardshorts signed and number by Taj, Parko or Occy.
A trip to Bali for you and 3 friends.
Life’s better when you’re helping others! For more information, go to http://www.billabong.com/lifesbetter/.
Of course, if you need or want some boardshorts, we’ve got you covered here at Becker: http://beckersurf.com/guys/clothing/boardshorts/
Last week, Surfline wrote a story featuring the current and favorite reading lists of a half dozen surfers, including Gerry Lopez, Kelly Slater and Dane Gudauskas. It’s great insight, and a cool list to know when you’ve got some downtime and want to pick up a good read.
Here are a few of the favorites:
Surfing legend Gerry Lopez is all about being in tune with life and how to be a healthier human inside out:
- Hero, The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
- Light on Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar
- Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
- The pH Miracle, Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health, by Robert O. Young, PhD and Shelley Redford Young
11 Time World Champion Kelly Slater looks to best sellers for his reading pleasure:
- Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman
- What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
World Traveler Dane Gudauskas likes books that give him a philosophical view of the world:
- Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity by Daniel P. Reid
- The Annotated Sailing Alone Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum
Surfer Dan Malloy who is also a traveler, rancher, and filmmaker, likes his books to teach him:
- Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
- In the Sweet Bye and Bye by Margaret Kilgallen
- The East West Interviews by Gary Snyder
To check out the full list, go to http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/reading-for-surfers_66362/.
The race for the ASP World Tour starts this Saturday, so who do you think will win it all this year? Are you betting that Kelly Slater, at 40, will take title #12?
Well… with Owen Wright, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Jordy Smith (just to name a few) all in the running, we can pretty much guarantee that there will be some pretty stiff competition for Kelly.
We can’t wait to watch it unfold once again. Here’s the ASP World Schedule:
|Feb 25 – Mar 7||Gold Coast,Qld, Australia||Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover||$425,000|
|Apr 3 – 14||Bells Beach,Victoria, Australia||Rip Curl Pro presented by Ford Ranger||$425,000|
|May 9 – 20||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Billabong Rio Pro||$500,000|
|Jun 3 – 15||Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji||Volcom Fiji Pro||$425,000|
|Aug 16 – 27||Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia||Billabong Pro Teahupoo||$425,000|
|Sep 16 – 22||Trestles, California, USA||Hurley Pro||$425,000|
|Sep 28 – Oct 8,||South West Coast, France||Quiksilver Pro France||$425,000|
|Oct 10 – 21||Peniche, Portugal||Rip Curl Pro||$425,000|
|Nov 2 – 12||O’Neill Coldwater Classic||Santa Cruz||$425,000|
|Dec 8 – 20,||Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii||Billabong Pipe Masters||$425,000|
For more information, log onto ASPWorldTour.com.
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