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Longboard Hammond Kasbah

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Here is some great freestyle skating action on a longboard...

The Coral Sea Makes Marine Ocean Conservation History!

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The announcement by the Gillard government to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea, including the world’s second largest highly protected zone at more than 500,000 km2, is a historic moment for ocean conservation in Australia and globally. 

Australia couldn’t have achieved this conservation milestone without your support - so thank you on behalf of the millions of amazing marine animals that live and play in the Coral Sea!Almost all of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve will be protected from destructive trawling and the entire area will be protected from mining, including oil and gas exploration and development.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said today that he had listened to your calls for more reef protection. He has increased the number of reefs protected from 2 to 7. This is not as much as we had all wanted: 18 spectacular coral reefs are still not fully protected.

The newly protected reefs have been given a very thin edge of protection. At some places, the fishing is allowed up to 60 metres of the reef surface, so many of the big ocean-going fish like sharks and giant trevally that patrol the reef edges can still be caught.

Long line fishing is still allowed in the southern Coral Sea. The government missed a rare opportunity to zone this area free of long lining, as proposed by our campaign, you and key long line fishermen.

Still, the announcement today will establish the world’s second largest marine national park – the size of Spain!

In a few weeks the government will enact a 60 day public consultation period when once again you will have the chance to have your say. We will make contact with you at that time as your support is – as always – crucial.

The proposed Coral Sea Marine Reserve is part of a national network of marine reserves put forward by the Commonwealth government. Whilst some important areas have not received protection, overall the proposed system of zoning is a significant step forward for marine conservation in Australia and globally.

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Aimee Fuller Season Wrap Up

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Thinking of booking a trip to the snow? This is Aimee Fuller's wrap up of her European season...Get inspired!

Music: Good Days Bad Days - Kaiser Chiefs
Film footage: Mark Ruppo, Ben Bishop, Roxy, Red Bull TV



Sally Fitzgibbons Crowned Aussie Bachelorette of the Year

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Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, current ASP Women’s World No. 2 has been crowned Australian Bachelorette of the Year by pop culture website

Fitzgibbons took the inaugural title over a crop of young Australian ladies from a variety of fields including; athletes, journalists, TV Stars, musicians and artists. Fitzgibbons has become an Australian sporting icon after finishing runner-up to the ASP Women’s World Title for the past two years, her popularity helped her win this latest accolade with the winner decided by a combination of public voting and an expert judging panel.

Fitzgibbons won the most recent event on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Billabong Rio Pro, and narrowed the gap between herself and ratings’ leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24. With only two stops left on tour and a small gap between the front runners, it’s sure to be an exciting finish to the 2012 season.

Vogue with Stephanie Gilmore

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Steph Gilmore on Surf

Four-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP Women’s World No. 1, Stephanie Gilmore, is en route to reclaiming the throne this season, and the final two events should prove an all-time showdown between the current frontrunner and momentum-building challenger Sally Fitzgibbons.

However, the young natural-footer from Tweed Heads has been busy out of the water as well, recently gracing the pages of seminal fashion publication Vogue. Steph is the magazine’s ‘Steal of the Month’ in the June issue. Check it out…


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