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Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu
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Da Silva Wins Estoril Coast Pro in Portugal, Pires and Kling Secure Crucial Resu

CARCAVELOS/GUINCHO, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Jean Da Silva (BRA), 23, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro at the back-up venue of Guincho today, in testing six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves. Da Silva, who defeated American Gabe Kling (USA) in the last battle of the ASP WQS European Series, clinched 2500 valuable ratings’ points and confirmed he was back in form after a tough year.

Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion
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Tim Boal Crowned 2008 ASP European Champion

CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Sunday, October 26, 2008) – Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA), 25, was crowned ASP European Men’s Champion after his last title contender Marlon Lipke (DEU) was eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the ASP WQS 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro today. Boal, who clinches his maiden regional title, did not attend the event in Portugal due to a foot injury but adds another title to his stellar year after qualifying for next year’s ASP World Tour.

Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Local Surfers Battle for Top Honors at O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic completed Round 5 today in three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) surf. Local surfers Bud Freitas (Santa Cruz, CA), 24, and Randy Bonds (Santa Cruz, CA), 31, continued to standout in front of their home crowd as they attempt to take the O’Neill Cold Water Classic title back to Santa Cruz, while Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 18, proved he is a threat to steal the title chances from the Santa Cruz entourage. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships completed Round 2 and the first two Quarterfinal heats this afternoon as well.

Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow
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Quarterfinalists Decided at Estoril Coast Pro, Champion Crowned Tomorrow

GUINCHO / CARCAVELOS, Portugal (Saturday, October 25, 2008) – The Estoril Coast Pro, last ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of the year taking place on the European shores, entered the exciting and dramatic Man-on-man Round 5 at the main location of Carcavelos today in excellent three-foot surf after wrapping up the 3-Man battles in building six to eight foot (2 to 2.5 meter) waves at the back-up venue of Guincho. The Estoril Coast Pro will finish tomorrow and eight men only remain in contention for the ASP WQS 6-Star valuable 2500 winner’s points.

Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Nat Young Leads Local Contingent on Day Four of O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Friday, October 24, 2008) – Day Four of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic saw Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 17, lead the battle of the locals in his stacked heat against fellow Santa Cruz standouts Jason Collins (Santa Cruz, CA), 34, who advanced in second, and former two-time event finalist Josh Loya (Santa Cruz, CA), 39. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships saw a blend of international talent hit the water today as well.

Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge
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Major Upsets and Big Scores in Estoril Coast Pro, Benson Shines and Leads Charge

GUINCHO, Portugal (Friday, October 24, 2008) – The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Estoril Coast Pro endured strong on-shore winds today at its back-up venue of Guincho and twenty heats were ran in three foot (one meter) tricky waves giving all competitors a hard time to battle for a berth in Round 4, the 3-Man heat round.

2008 ASP European Champions Crowned Next Sunday in Portugal
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2008 ASP European Champions Crowned Next Sunday in Portugal

CAPBRETON, France (Friday, October 24, 2008) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe will crown its 2008 Men and Women WQS Champions as well as its Men and Women Pro Junior Champions next Sunday, October 26, at the Carcavelos Sushi Bar in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dramatic Upsets and Big Scores on Day 3 of O’Neill Cold Water Classic
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Dramatic Upsets and Big Scores on Day 3 of O’Neill Cold Water Classic

SANTA CRUZ, California (Thursday, October 23, 2008) – Day Three of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star event, saw Hawaiian standout Sebastian Zietz (Kilauea, HI), 20, stamp the day’s top honors by claiming both the highest single wave score and highest heat total of the event so far, while Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 14, issued the upset of the event by defeating Steamer Lane local and event favorite, Kieran Horn (Santa Cruz, CA), 34.

Nicol Tames Testing Conditions, Top Seeds Control Day 3 of Estoril Coast Pro
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Nicol Tames Testing Conditions, Top Seeds Control Day 3 of Estoril Coast Pro

GUINCHO, Portugal (Thursday, October 23, 2008) – The Estoril Coast Pro resumed at its back-up venue of Gunicho today, twenty minutes North from Carcavelos, with top seeds getting their start in the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event in solid four to six foot (1.2 to 2 meter) waves. After a day-off yesterday, it was time for current ratings’ leaders to take the dust off their boards and surf in the third to last major event of the year that will be crucial regarding end-of-the-year ratings from which the Top 15 will qualify for next year’s ASP World Tour.