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Final Day of the Billabong Pro Mundaka – New Champ To Be Crowned Today
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Final Day of the Billabong Pro Mundaka – New Champ To Be Crowned Today

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Saturday, October 4, 2008) – A brand new Billabong Pro Mundaka champion will be crowned this afternoon. Not a single former winner of the event exists amongst the eight quarterfinalists competing at Mundaka today.

Quarterfinalists Decided at Mundaka – Whitaker Beats Slater With Perfect 10
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Quarterfinalists Decided at Mundaka – Whitaker Beats Slater With Perfect 10

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Friday, October 3, 2008) – Tom Whitaker (AUS) received an early birthday present from Mother Nature today. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Australian (his birthday is tomorrow) scored a perfect 10 to beat newly crowned nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater in Round 4 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka.

Kelly Slater Wins 9th ASP World Tour Title
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Kelly Slater Wins 9th ASP World Tour Title

MUNDAKA, Spain (Friday, Oct. 3, 2008) – Kelly Slater, 36, has won a record ninth ASP World Title after advancing out of Round 3 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka – the ninth event of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour. Slater came into the event needing an equal ninth finish to clinch the title, he secured that by beating local wildcard Eneko Acero (EUK) in four foot waves at Mundaka this morning.

Kelly Slater Could Clinch Ninth ASP World Title at Billabong Pro Mundaka Today
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Kelly Slater Could Clinch Ninth ASP World Title at Billabong Pro Mundaka Today

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Friday, Oct. 3, 2008) – Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater USA) is one heat away from winning his ninth world title – he could be crowned as early as 11:40am today. Slater will surf against local replacement surfer Enecko Acero (EUK) in Heat 8 of Round 3 – if he wins, the title is his.

Royden Bryson Gets Barreled Mundaka Does Its Thing for the Billabong Pro
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Royden Bryson Gets Barreled Mundaka Does Its Thing for the Billabong Pro

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Thursday, October 2, 2008) – Mundaka, one of the world’s best lefthand breaks, redeemed itself today. The at-times fickle river-mouth spit out enough four to five foot waves to host 20 heats of ASP World Tour action in just seven hours thanks to the ASP Dual Heat format which allows for overlapping heats.

Billabong Pro Mundaka on at Mundaka – Dual Heats Underway
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Billabong Pro Mundaka on at Mundaka – Dual Heats Underway

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Thursday, October 2, 2008) – Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka commenced at 9:30am in four to five foot (1 metre plus) waves at Mundaka. Event organizers and the ASP have opted to use the Dual Heat format today. Heats will be 40 minutes long.

Slater One Heat Away from Nine – Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka a Wrap
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Slater One Heat Away from Nine – Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Mundaka a Wrap

MUNDAKA, Basque Country/Spain (Wednesday, October 1, 2008) – Kelly Slater (USA) needs to finish ninth or better in the ninth event of the year to win his ninth ASP World Title. He’s one heat away from doing so after scoring a 9.00 and a 7.33 to win his Round 1 heat at the Billabong Pro Mundaka back-up venue of Sopelana today.

COTE D'ARGENT
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COTE D'ARGENT

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