Durbridge scores huge upset

YOUNG Aussie surfer Bede Durbidge caused the upset of the year this week when he smashed Kelly Slater in the final of the Boost mobile.

The contest was held at California's Trestles Beach, and the competition was red hot.

Bede didn't just get lucky in the final against the seven-times world champ. He took down Andy Irons, Chris Ward and Taj Burrow along the way.

His consistency and cool head ensured he made the right decisions against competitors that have far more experience.

The 23-year-old only managed to qualify for this year's tour after Richie Lovett had to withdraw from surfing to fight cancer.

He later expressed his motivation was drawn from Richie's battle with the disease.

Richie is now beating the cancer and was well enough to be there to cheer Bede on for the final.

He actually rode his first wave since been diagnosed during the expression session. The whole beach went mad when he got to his feet and trimmed along the face of a two-foot wave.

That was easily enough for him to win the expression session and pocket $2000 for his efforts.

Our local champ, Shaun Cansdell, also pocketed $2000 in the expression session for the best aerial manoeuvre.

Shaun also progressed through to the fourth round where he fell just one point short of Kelly Slater.

He still holds on to the number 13 spot on the WCT tour.

The title race is looking tight heading into the next event in France this week.

Taj Burrow's third placing kept him within striking distance of Kelly Slater's lead and Andy Irons is ready to make his move going into the final events for the season.

IF you're under 16 and surf, make sure you've got next Wednesday afternoon free. Some of the world's best surfers are coming to town to coach and surf with our local grommets.

Its called 'Rip my shred stick' and is put on by surf label Hurley.

Surfers such as Rob Machado, Pat O'Connell, Yadin Nicol and Tim Curran will be on hand to surf, coach and hang out with from 2pm at Macauleys beach.

It's a great opportunity to try out different boards and get some advice from a few of the stars of surfing.

Call 1300 139 719 or visit Coopers surf center for more details.

IF you were lucky enough to surf on Monday this week you would have scored the best waves for a while.

A sharp rise in swell pushed through on Sunday night after tiny conditions over the weekend. The back beaches were pulling in the entire southerly swell with good protection from the northwest wind.

The pumping surf only lasted until Tuesday lunchtime before backing off to almost nothing for the rest of the week.

The outlook for the weekend looks bleak, with continuing strong northerlies and only waist-to-shoulder height waves at best.

Please contact Tom on 6656 4650 or through our surf photos website www.stimages.com.au with any surf related content.

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