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By Rick Fignetti | February 26, 2009
It’s that time of year again as the Assn. of Surfing Professionals gets ready to kick off the Dream Tour, the world championship tour this weekend. The $350,000 Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast waiting period is Saturday until March 11 at Snapper Rocks on the best days. This is the first of 10 events for the 2009 season. It looks like world champ Kelly Slater is pumped up and committed to trying to rack up world title No. 10. Slater knows it will not be easy with the top 44 surfers in the world to compete with, but at age 37 his new boards have been working so good, he’s ready.
By RICK FIGNETTI | March 15, 2007
They finally finished up the World Championship Tour's Quiksilver Pro in perfect 5- to 6-foot waves at Snapper Rocks, Australia. The rights were screaming down the line pedal-to-the-metal, and the surf suited the style of Aussie Mick "the Quick" Fanning, who was lighting it up. Fanning, who's known for his high-speed turns, was surfing lightning fast throughout the whole event and looked to be the man to beat. In the final, the dark horse — the big Aussie Bede Durbidge — struck first with a sick tube and some mean slashes to score an eight-point ride, putting on the pressure and taking the early lead.
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