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THE Fergal blog: more pulled-back emerald slabs than you can shake your lead-weighted stick at.
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Bondi Beach To Host First International Surf Comp In Over 20 Years Kelly Slater Confirmed To Surf Bondi For The First Time In Boost Mobile SurfSho Presented by Samsung Sydney, January 2009 - World-class surfers Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and Owen Wright will be busting out their best moves for the Boost Mobile SurfSho presented by Samsung, taking place on Bondi Beach from 12th to 14th March 2010. The first international surfing competition to take place on Bondi Beach in over 20 years, the three-day event will see the most exciting aerial surfers from across the globe competing for a $30,000 prize on Bondi’s famous waves. Nine time World Champion Kelly Slater said “It’s been a long time between drinks for a contest at Bondi, since ’88. I like Bondi a lot, it’s cool. It’ll be fun to be there and have a contest. It doesn’t sorta happen there very much. Usually its Rod Kerr running around the beach in his Speedos. But the rest of us are going to show up and wear our trunks. We’ll see you there.” The Boost Mobile SurfSho is also the first-ever surfing event at Bondi to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and is expected to attract more than 40,000 spectators including 13,500 from inter-state and overseas. Event spokes person and former pro-surfer John Shimooka said the Boost Mobile SurfSho is a unique, fun-filled event that will appeal to people of all ages. “Bondi is an iconic beach that hasn’t seen a surfing competition for decades and Kelly Slater has never surfed Bondi before. That alone will attract a massive crowd. Coupled with famous big-air specialists like Taj Burrow and Owen Wright showing off their best tricks, and free music and entertainment all weekend, we anticipate a standing room only event!” Alongside the spectacular surfing action, the Boost Mobile SurfSho will feature a free entertainment program, with Beautiful Girls tipped to headline the live music action on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Athlete signing sessions, giveaways and loads of other beach activities will provide fun for spectators of all ages. The Boost Mobile SurfSho will run from 8am to 5pm each day, kicking off with the Junior Surf Sho on Friday 12 March. The weekend will see the world’s best compete in the Surf Sho Open and main SurfSho events, a celebrity surfing competition to raise money for charity and a jet ski tow-in expression session. Sunday’s SurfSho competition follows a unique format in which a wheel is spun at the start of each heat, determining which tricks the surfers must perform. B, O, O, S, T letters are awarded to each successful manoeuvre and the six highest scored surfers who spell BOOST go into the final.
How good was it to see pro surfing back at Bondi in 2010. I was a grommet the last time we held a contest here of any significance and I remember how stoked I was to see my heroes like Gerr, Pottz, Nicky Wood and co. go toe to toe at my homebreak. So I can only imagine how stoked the local groms were by the Boost Mobile SurfSho. I think the beauty of this event was that it was not your regular comp. The SurfSho was all about aerial and progressive surfing and as a result the guys that surfed in the event did themselves proud. What they showcased over the last 3 days was nothing less than absolute brilliance; it was the future of surfing laid out for us on a platter that those of us who witnessed it were able to gorge ourselves on. I lost count of the amount of times I shook my head in disbelief at the ease with which the guys in the water were throwing their boards and bodies all over the place like trapeze artists at the circus. There was also a real buzz around Bondi throughout the event, with its natural amphitheatre like southern hill providing an excellent view of the action that I am sure spurred the surfers on to go for bigger and bigger tricks.
Owen Wright defies gravity to win the Boost SurfSho