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INJURY FORCES MATT BANTING OUT OF BILLABONG PRO

Surfer Matt Banting has been forced to pull out of the upcoming Billabong Pro in Tahiti, due to an ongoing knee injury. It’s the second time the Port Macquarie local has had to give up his spot at an event on the Championship Tour, after injuring his knee in the lead-up to the J-Bay Open in South Africa last month. Banting will head to the Gold Coast next week for treatment, and hopes to make his return at the Hurley Pro at Trestles next month. (NO AUDIO)

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RYAN CALLINAN MOVES TO SIXTH IN THE WQS RANKINGS

Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan has moved up to sixth on the World Qualifying Series, after being knocked out of the men’s event in the quarter finals. Up against eventual champion Hiroto Ohhara from Japan, Callinan needed an 8.5 late in the heat to steal the win. “That’s the Ryan Callinan we know and love.” Unfortunately, his 8.37 left him just short, but was still enough to see him finish fifth overall.

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EVANS HEAD SHARK VICTIM REPORTEDLY FOUGHT OFF SHARK

The 52-year-old bitten by a shark this morning at Main Beach, Evans Head, reportedly fought off the shark. Deputy Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the man spotted the shark and warned others to paddle to shore. “He actually fought off the shark, we’re told, and has made it to shore and with the help of that other surfer”, he said. Two surfers and a passer-by initially helped the victim using towels as tourniquets until paramedics arrived. On Sunday, beaches around nearby Ballina were closed after two sharks were spotted off the coast.

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CALLINAN MAKING STRIDES IN US OPEN OF SURFING

Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan is making huge strides at the US Open of Surfing, comfortably getting through his round two heat. The goofy footer, who currently sits 10th on the world qualifying series rankings, took to the air and was rewarded for his efforts. Progression beyond round three will see Callinan secure valuable points, in his quest to qualify for the world tour. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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EXTENDED INTERVIEW: ADRIAN BUCHAN

Avoca’s Adrian Buchan believes Mick Fanning’s shark encounter at Jeffreys Bay will have a lasting effect on all of the tour. The 32-year-old recorded a season-best third place, but says that paled in comparison to what followed. Hear Buchan’s emotional recount of the incident below. We pick up the interview when conversation moves to the J-Bay final.

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SURFERS CROWNED AT NSW SCHOOL TITLES

Lennox Head surfers have dominated the New South Wales School Titles at Bonny Hills this afternoon, with Mikey McDonagh and Zac Wightman taking out the under-16 and under-19 boys divisions. While Avoca’s Macy Callaghan and the Northern Beach’s Alysse Cooper will take home the under-16 and 19 girls titles.

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