The Down Under Diaries

Wednesday March 4

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1:33PM 2008 Dream Tour Runner Up Bede Durbidge shares some top-secret tips on how to throw buckets…apparently it’s all about stomping the back foot…

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1:27 PM Two-time Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore graces us with her beautiful presence. Steph breaks down the women’s rookies, accepts her award for “Best Legs On The Tour”, and somehow hears a positive surf forecast through a seashell…

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1:17 PM Presenting ASP World Junior Champion Kai Barger from the beautiful island of Maui…Hawaiian! Kai breaks down his new found celebrity status, his performance at the ASP Awards Banquet, and leaps out of the New Era Athlete Lounge and straight onto a flight home…see you on the Dream Tour soon Kai!

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1PM Adrian “Ace” Buchan makes an appearance at the TransWorld SURF/New Era Athlete Lounge and gives his thoughts on being named the ASP’s Most Improved Surfer and the new crop of women’s Dream Tour competitors.

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11AM Mick Fanning (featured above in an interview) dropped by today for a quick Cote’s Cube interview and shed some light on the sand situation at Kirra. Being born and raised in the draining, sand-filled barrels, he sorely misses the consistency and quality of the legendary break as it hasn’t been the same since the powers that be began pumping sand out of the Tweed River and depositing it down Kirra way. However, I just read in the local paper that the government has decided to allocate $1.5 million AUS to remove sand from Kirra in hopes in will return to it’s former glory. According to Fanning, though, that won’t be enough. “They’ve got to lengthen the groin (or jetty as we call it in the States) for Kirra to return,” he said as he gazed toward Kirra from the 5th floor of our pad. “The groin creates a whirlpool that funnels the sand down the beach so it doesn’t collect right there.” So what are you waiting for Mr. Politician? When the 2007 World Champ says “jump”, you should say “how high” and Bring Back Kirra!

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While we have tried to pull the wool over your eyes in the past, when we run a tow-at shot, we're not gonna say it isn't a tow-at. Honest! Photo: Bosko

Yesterday The bros from Rusty went for a whip in and whip at session (see above) at a nearby spot called Fingle and we grabbed a few photos from photographer Bosko for your viewing pleasure. The great thing about using PWCs to blast 80 feet into the air is that you can do exactly that when the waves are really small—as was yesterday. Anyway, dig the pics of Jay Davies (Happy Birthday Mate!), Jayke Sharp, and the master aerialist Josh Kerr.

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