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STU KENNEDY MISSES OUT ON QUARTERFINALS IN PORTUGAL

Le-Ba surfer Stu Kennedy has narrowly missed out on qualifying for the quarter finals of the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal, losing to Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz in Round five. Kennedy started off strong, taking the lead, but a  solid tube ride by Zietz at the 17 minute mark pushed the Hawiian into the lead. It was neck and neck for the remainder of the heat,  Kennedy, hoping to recover the lead with less than ten seconds on the clock. “Looking for a final wave, snaps it off the lip, controls the carve and one more blast on a small inside wave” But it wasn’t enough, Kennedy narrowly losing the heat with a final score of 8.43 to Zietz’s 8.80. (AUDIO IN PARTS)  

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CALLINAN TO FACE FORMER WORLD CHAMP IN PORTUGAL

Merewether’s Ryan Callinan is facing a second round battle with 2014 world champion, Gabriel Medina. The Novocastrian took on Wilkinson and Brazil’s Miguel Pupo in his opening heat. Callinan was the most consistent performer, producing four, six-point rides. But the Brazilian pulled off an eight-point-one to put himself in top spot. Callinan needed a late seven-point-seven, but came up just short.

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START OF SEASON FOR EVANS HEAD DISABLED SURFING

It was the first day of the season for the Evans Head Disabled Surfing branch. And not even a shark sighting could wipe the smiles off these kids’ faces. Sunny skies and small waves at Main Beach, providing perfect conditions for the 40 participants and volunteers. The aim, to give those with physical and mental disabilities a chance to get into the water and experience the thrill of catching waves. “You see them on the wave and they’re beaming, and they’re just having so much fun catching a wave.” The next event, at Turners Beach in Yamba on November 19. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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BANTING FALLS SHORT IN QUARTER FINAL

Port Macquarie’s Matt Banting has been shown the door to the Quiksilver Pro in France, after a narrow quarter final loss to Keanu Asing. The 22-year-old needed a 6.55 wave to make the final four. But Banting fell agonisingly short of the Hawaiian’s final score of 13.04.

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