DECEMBER 16, 2012 - SURFING NEWS Parko New ASP World Champ; Surfing Madonna; Surfing Santa Checks His Passport - Boardroom Show
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DECEMBER 16, 2012 – SURFING NEWS Parko New ASP World Champ; Surfing Madonna; Surfing Santa Checks His Passport

DECEMBER 16, 2012 – SURFING NEWS Parko New ASP World Champ; Surfing Madonna; Surfing Santa Checks His Passport

DECEMBER 16, 2012 – SURFING NEWS — SURFING NEWS Parko New ASP World Champ; Surfing Madonna; Surfing Santa Checks His Passport MUCH MUCH MORE
w/ Scott Bass (surfer) and Jeff Baldwin (surfer)

SEGMENT 1: Segment Sponsor Quiksilver Waterman Collection is presenting next years’ Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection which takes place May 11, 2013 in the brand new state-of-the-art building at the OC Fairgrounds called The HANGAR. Quiksilver Waterman Collection and their brand ambassadors on twitter Mark Healey @healeysurf, Shayne McIntyre @ShayneMcIntyre, Jamie Mitchell, Peter Mel @peter_mel, Mel Pu’u: Robby Naish

surf report:

emails /shout outs/



1) CONGRATS PARKO / Baldy… you win.
2) Dorian/ Slater heat
3) Not taking anything away from Parko, but the Slater/ Kerr semi was wave starved. There was really only one good wave and Kerr got it, so, you have to think… send them some waves and things may have been different. It wasn’t as if there was a Slater vs Parko final and it was a clear cut victory… just sayin’. Not taking anything away from Parko world title which is well deserved. Just sayin…
4) After 22 years on Tour, Taylor Knox hung up his singlet at the Pipe Masters and effectively retired from professional surfing. Other power surfers from years past: Kong, BK, Ian.

#2 2013 ASP World Title TOP 34
The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season has come to a close following yesterday’s culmination of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons and the clinching of the 2012 ASP World Title by Joel Parkinson. While the world’s best surfers prepare for a well-deserved break before the start of the next season, the ASP has determined which surfers will contest for the 2013 ASP World Title:

Top 22 from 2012 ASP WCT Rankings:
– Joel Parkinson (AUS)
– Kelly Slater (USA)
– Mick Fanning (AUS)
– John John Florence (HAW)
– Adriano de Souza (BRA)
– Taj Burrow (AUS)
– Gabriel Medina (BRA)
– Josh Kerr (AUS)
– Julian Wilson (AUS)
– Owen Wright (AUS)
– Jeremy Flores (FRA)
– Jordy Smith (ZAF)
– C.J. Hobgood (USA)
– Adrian Buchan (AUS)
– Michel Bourez (PYF)
– Damien Hobgood (USA)
– Miguel Pupo (BRA)
– Alejo Muniz (BRA)
– Kieren Perrow (AUS)
– Bede Durbidge (AUS)
– Travis Logie (ZAF)
– Kai Otton (AUS)

Top 10 from 2012 ASP World Rankings (barring double qualifiers):
– Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
– Kolohe Andino (USA)
– Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
– Glenn Hall (IRL)
– Brett Simpson (USA)
– Filipe Toledo (BRA)
– Adam Melling (AUS)
– Nat Young (USA)
– Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
– Tiago Pires (PRT)

Two ASP Wildcards:
– Dusty Payne (HAW)
– Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

ASP WCT Replacements (in the event of athlete withdrawal):
1 – Patrick Gudaukas (USA) – next on ASP World Ranking
2 – Yadin Nicol (AUS) – next on ASP WCT
3 – Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second on ASP World Ranking
4 – Heitor Alves (BRA) – second on ASP WCT

The 2013 ASP World Championship Tour will commence with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks from March 2 to 13, 2013.
1) Will Slater retire? Yes or No
2) Is it fair for him to only do selective events… i.e Pat G gets put in a constant state of will he or won’t he? Plays havoc with Pat G’s schedule.
3) If it’s your event, do you want Slater? Or, do you want Pat G? DUH!

#3 Deadly Sea Snake — two in one?

Sea Snake believed to be same species is actually stow separate species that look exactly alike.
University of Queensland researcher Bryan Fry and colleagues tested the serpentine DNA, the results showed that the tow snakes were separate species, and not even close relatives, as noted by the publication Asian Scientist.

This is a case of convergent evolution, wherein different species evolve independently but end up looking quite similar, according to the study, published recently in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution. Or, as Yong put it, convergent evolution is “when different species turn up at life’s party wearing the same clothes.”

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Dozens on Wednesday attended an official dedication ceremony in Leucadia for the Surfing Madonna mosaic’s latest home.

The mosaic was put up on a wall shared by Café Ipe and Surfy Surfy in Leucadia in June.

Newly sworn-in Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth was one of several elected officials who showed up to the dedication on Wednesday.

“Everybody wanted it back up, and this is actually a blessing in disguise,” she said. “Perhaps we could look at it that way.”


US border patrol agents plan to make sure Surfing Santa makes it across the Niagara River safely this year.

For the past 28 years, John Fulton, also known as Surfing Santa, has been dressing up like Santa and embarking on a wind-surfing trip across the Niagara River into the US to bring attention to the plight of the homeless worldwide.

In the past, Fulton has had some run-ins with border patrol in the US One year, he was arrested for illegally entering the country. But last year, US border patrol rescued him after heavy winds snapped his mast halfway through his journey.

That’s why U.S. border patrol offered to escort him across the river this year.

“He had an issue last year and we were in the right place at the right time. We already have a vessel out there anyway. If he needs help we’ll be there to provide it,” said Mike Scioli, lead border patrol agent.

Fulton asks the public to take some of their stuff, toys, food, clothes, blankets, cash, etc., and find a shelter, a homeless person, family, charity and make a donation because shelters and food banks have a greater need than ever during these tough economic times.

He is currently the longest-running surfing Santa in the world.

He will cross the river Dec. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

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