The world’s best Stand Up Paddle surfers were in Huntington Beach, CA last week to compete in The Stand Up World Tour, with Antoine Delpero of France finishing in first place on Saturday.

Established in 2009, The Stand Up World Tour was created to address the exponential growth in the sport of Stand Up Paddling, and to provide its premier athletes with an international platform on which to compete for the prestigious and official World Championship Title. The goal of creating the Stand Up World Tour has been to showcase the sport, its heritage and development, together with its athletes and their collective and colorful stories to the world. The Stand Up World Tour shows now reach 220 countries on 170 networks.

The Huntington Beach Pro was the Stand Up World Tour’s first visit to the US mainland. As stop number 4 of 6 events on the 2011 lineup, it was a vital and pivotal stop on this year’s Tour, as athletes are jockeying for their position in the rankings and making their run for the top spot.

Sixty-eight competitors entered the trials, with 32 seeded competitors making the main contest.

The next stop is in Brazil from October 22nd – 30th, the Maresias Pro, in Sao, Paulo, Brazil, and the finals are from November 26th – December 4th in Hawaii.

Congratulations to the winners from this past week’s event:

Main Event:
1st: Antoine Delpero (FR)
2nd: Colin McPhilips (US)
3rd: Leco Salazar (BRA)
4th: Kai Lenny (HI)

People’s Choice Super Session:
1st Place: Zane Schweitzer (Maui)
2nd Place: Hector Gonzalez (Mexico)
3rd Place: Kelson Kihe (Maui)
4th Place: Iain McFarland (US)
5th Place: Alexandre Magrinho (BRA)

Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge:
1st: Mo Freitas (HI)
2nd: Bernd Roedigger (Maui)
3rd: Tucker Ingalls (US)
4th: Nainoaiki David

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We love a good surfing animal story, so we don’t want to forget to give you the scoop on last weekend’s third annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA.

Yes, California has dozens of beautiful beaches, but Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach is specifically for the dogs, and the site of this year’s competition. At Dog Beach, our four-legged friends rule year-round, and play, swim, dig and have a plain old fun time… mostly all off-leash.

Lots of records were attempted for the Guinness World Record’s® record books, such as one for most dogs on a board and one for longest ride by a dog on a surfboard. They were 10 seconds short of capturing the most dogs on a board record, but Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie and her owner Michael Uy, set the World Record for the longest ride on a board at 60 meters!

Congratulations to Abbie G and Michael and the Surf City Surf Dog event on successfully achieving the record and to all the surfing dogs out there waiting to catch the next wave!

The list of our doggie winners include:

Small Dog Category:
1- Kihei (Doxiewawa)
2- Luigi (French Bulldog)
3- Bandit (Rat Terrier)

Medium Dog Category:
1- Abbie G (Australian Kelpie)
2- Rookey (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)
3- Ryder (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)

Large Dog Category:
1- Pudge (Bulldog)
2- Jedi (Australian Kelpie)
3- Hanzo (Boxer)

Xlarge Dog Category:
1- Kona Kai (Labradoodle)
2- Stanley (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)
3- Boss (Pit Bull)

Most Improved:
- Boss (Pit Bull)

Best Wipeout:
- Deagen (French Bulldog)

Best Crowd Pleaser:
Tie – Joey (Westie) and Newman (Bulldog)

Earliest Risers:
Tie – Deagan & Lilly

Biggest Support Team:
- Team Joey

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It’s time to check out our young’ins! The ASP regions have selected their representatives for the ASP World Junior Tour, and now we will watch the best of the best focus from local events to taking on the world’s best surfers under 20-years-old as they compete for the highly-coveted ASP World Junior Title.

Each ASP Region (North America, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Europe, Japan and Australasia) are sending their top representatives, which consists of a field of 48 men and 18 women, to compete starting next week with the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, in Bali, Indonesia from October 3-14th. This will be the first of three events that will decide the 2011 ASP World Junior Champions, and the first place winner will receive a $100,000 prize.

Six men each will represent each region, as well as nine wildcards to round out the prestigious field. Two women each will also represent each region.

The three-event ASP World Junior Championship series consists of the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali (Oct. 3-14, 2011), followed by the Arnette World Pro Junior in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2011) and culminates with the Billabong World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia (early Jan. 2012).

Here is a list of our prestigious contenders:

ASP North America Team:

Men
Jake Halstead, 17, La Jolla, Calif.
Nat Young, 20, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Conner Coffin, 18, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Chase Wilson, 20, Newport Beach, Calif.
Andrew Doheny, 19, Newport Beach, Calif.
Evan Thompson, 19, Jacksonville, Florida

Women
Quincy Davis, 16, Montauk, NY
Lakey Peterson, 17, Santa Barbara, Calif.

ASP Hawaii Team:

Men
Kiron Jabour, 20, North Shore, HI
Ezekiel Lau, 17, Honolulu, HI
Keanu Asing, 18, Honolulu, HI
Dylan Goodale, 20, Kauai, HI
Tanner Hendrickson, 20, Maui, HI

Women
Coco Ho, 20, North Shore, HI
Leila Hurst, 17, Kauai, HI

ASP South America Team:

Men
Filipe Toledo
Ian Gouveia
Gustavo Machado
João Abreu
Deivid Silva
Marco Fernandez

Women
Gabriela Leite
Juliana Meneguel

ASP Australasia Team:

Men
Davey Cathels
Jack Freestone
Thomas Woods
Ryan Callinan
Garrett Parkes
Matt Banting

Women
Philipa Anderson
Dimity Stoyle

ASP Europe Team:

Men
Maxime Huscenot
Medi Veminardi
William Aliotti
Vasco Ribeiro
Frederico Morais

Women
Joanne Defay
Maud Le Car

ASP Africa Team:

Men
Shaun Joubert
Dale Staples
Beyrick De Vries
Slade Prestwich
Dylan Lightfoot
Michael February

Women
Bianca Buitendag
Faye Zoetmulder

ASP Japan Team:

Men
Kan Watanabe
Kaito Ohashi
Arashi Kato
Hiroto Arai
Kaishu Tanaka

Women
Nao Omura
Ren Hashimoto

It will be fun to watch the competition and get a leg-up on your newest generation of surfing superstars! Other past ASP World Junior Champions include Maxime Huscenot (REU) and Laura Enever (AUS) in 2009, Kai Barger (HAW) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in 2008, Pablo Paulino (BRA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in 2007, Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Nicola Atherton (AUS) in 2006, and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) in 2005.

ASP World Title standouts Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and the late Andy Irons (HAW) also launched their careers with ASP World Junior Championship titles.
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For our Canadian fans out there, The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) is getting ready to launch its 2nd annual program next week, September 29 – October 2, 2011.

It started with a handful of local surfers who dreamed of watching surf films, old and new, on the silver screen with their friends. Now in its second year, the CSFF has garnered international press and has established itself as a force in the surf film festival circuit. The CSFF is committed to providing a unique and celebratory forum for local, national and international surf films and surf culture to collide.

The CSFF will feature over 20 films, eight of which will be Canadian premieres. The lineup includes regular length features and shorts, about surf culture as it relates to communities and traditions all over the world, from as near as Halifax to as far off as rural Indonesia.

Film themes vary from environmental conservation to mental health issues, and from anthropology to indie art filmmaking.

Some of the films to note include the Canadian premiere of “Splinters,” which kicks off the festival on Thursday, September 29th. Filmed in Papua New Guinea in a traditional society facing the pressures of modernization, this film tracks events leading up to the first national surf competition. Other films include New York-based professional surfer Mikey DeTemple’s film, “Sight | Sound,” an artistic rendition of surfing in picturesque locales around the world, including Nova Scotia and featuring local surfer Dean Petty, and “The Still Point,” a spiritual look at waves, surf and the connection of all things.

Opening night kicks off at The New Palace (1721 Brunswick Street) on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with hip-hop band Three Sheet, featured in The Coast Magazine’s “Best Of” issue. Local surfer and rock star Matt Mays returns to the CSFF to play at The New Palace on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Last year Mays played a sold out show for closing night. The CSFF closes with the Awards Show at The Seahorse Tavern (1663 Argyle Street) on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Tickets for screenings and special events are available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia and on Ticketpro.ca . Tickets will also be available for purchase in-person starting September 22, 2011 at the Canadian Surf Film Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road).

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Mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Billabong Art of Shaping Event,” which will be held October 8th and 9th 2011 at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. This years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping: Los Angeles County Edition” event will feature 24 of the top shapers from Los Angeles county.

In addition to the shaped boards, there will be book signings, surfboard giveaways, and great deals on surfboards, wetsuits, LB skateboards, art, gear and more.

The list of confirmed participating shapers includes Scott Anderson, Joe Bark, Jose Barahona, Clyde Beatty, Matt Calvani, Lance Carson, Bing Copeland, Robbie Dick, Bruce Grant, Tyler Hatzikian, Brian Hilbers, Jeff Ho, Hap Jacobs, Dennis Jarvis, Don Kadowaki, Glen Kennedy, Greg Liddle, Casey McCrystal, Jed Noll, Pat Ryan, Mike Stavros, Jeff Stoner, Jerry O’Keefe and Michael Zippi. All invited participating shapers received a check from Billabong for $600 to be used towards materials, and the winner will be awarded $2,000 from Billabong.

The concept of the “Billabong Art of Shaping Event” is to showcase the talent of LA County surfboard shapers and craftsmen by allowing them to build boards that highlight their particular contribution or influence on the evolution of the surfboard over a particular span in time. Shapers are invited and encouraged to “create a board representing the era, style, or shape they are best known for or relate to”; or, whatever best motivates their creativity and talent.

The booths will be hosted by members of the Art of Shaping LA County Advisory Board, which includes John Leininger of Becker Surfboards. Collectively, there will be an extensive knowledge of LA shapers and their accomplishments.

Entries will be displayed in The Billabong Art of Shaping showcase and auction arena at the Sacred Craft consumer surfboard expo along with full sized images of the shaper himself and a profile that includes information on the board he chose to build, his company or label, and his shaping history or career.

Since the “Billabong Art of Shaping LA County Event” is a charity event, the winner of the competition is the shaper of the board that brings in the highest auction price at the Live Auction held Saturday night, October 8th; and thus becomes the largest single donor to 2011 SIMA Humanitarian Fund Grant recipients, the beneficiaries chosen for this years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping Event”.

The public auction will be at 6PM at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo – Del Mar Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 at the door; kids 12 & under free with a Free Subscription to Surfer Magazine. For more information check out http://www.billabong.com/artofshaping/ Continue reading