1. A small surfer makes big waves

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    At six, Quincy Symonds is already tipped as a future Layne Beachley or Stephanie Gilmore. They call her The Flying Squirrel. She may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. Prepare to be gobsmacked. Stepping into the water at the legendary Snapper Rocks surf break on the Gold Coast, it is easy to forget that the person I’m here to film has just turned six. Quincy Symonds (aka The Flying Squirrel, we’ll get to the nickname later) is quite possibly the world’s best six-year-old surfer and skater. The Tweed Heads local only started surfing about 18 months ago and, in a very short time, has captured the attention of the surfing world, gained multiple sponsors and garnered a fanatical following on social media. Her parents are right behind her, but they're not pushy "stage parents". Quincy’s dad Jake has been a surfer most of his life and his love for the ocean inspired her to get in the water. Her mum Kim says it was the most natural thing in the world. “The very first time I saw her out in the ocean she changed, she became a complete person,” she explains. “To say that about a four or five-year-old might sound very strange, but I watched it happen.” “It just doesn’t make sense to me, how she’s able to do what she does,” says Jake. “I’m amazed by it. I’m really proud of it but, to be honest, I can’t comprehend how she does it.” “She has no fear,” offers Quincy’s coach Anthony Pope. “And she just doesn’t fall off. She has incredible balance and her ability to judge the conditions and adjust is at a level I’ve never seen in someone her age.” While Quincy’s feats in the water are impressive on their own, they are even more inspiring given that she has battled a serious medical condition for her entire life. Not long after she was born, she was rushed into the Intensive Care Unit suffering adrenal crisis. After extensive testing, Quincy was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, a genetic disorder that affects her body’s ability to create cortisone. Quincy’s condition means she is steroid dependent. “Steroid dependency at this age requires medication three times a day,” Kim explains. “In times of sickness, Quincy needs intensive medical treatment.” While you might think it dangerous for a five or six-year-old to be surfing at all, every possible measure has been put in place to ensure Quincy is safe in the water. “We always assess the conditions and the skill level of the other surfers in the water before we paddle out”, says Jake. “When the waves are bigger, we have a custom-made life vest that she wears. It’s quite thin but it offers a little bit of support for her if she takes a wipeout on a bigger wave.” And it’s not just Quincy’s buoyancy vest that is custom made. Quincy’s boards are custom-designed and shaped for her so she has a quiver of different boards to suit varying conditions and match her progress. There are very few boards in the world THIS small, basically miniature versions of the performance surfboards you see on the world tour. When the waves were too big for her to surf, Quincy took up skateboarding. As you’d expect, she took to a board on land just as quickly as in the surf. Looking over the edge of the 12-foot skate bowl as I filmed one of Quincy’s skating sessions, I felt immediately uneasy. But there was Quincy with her back foot planted on her board ready to drop in, with a smile from ear to ear. There is a constant stream of eager young skaters approaching Quincy asking how old she is. Some know her from her profile on Instagram, where (with the help of her Mum) Quincy uploads photos and videos of her boarding adventures. So, what does she think of her social media fame? “It gets annoying. People always ask, ‘Will you follow me?,’” she says, rolling her eyes. Quincy says she wants to be a pro surfer and skater and, the way she’s going, I’m almost certain she’ll get there. As for her nickname, it comes from the time Quincy was a toddler living in the US. A wild squirrel lived in a tree near her house and one day she jumped off the back of her dad’s ute to mimic her furry friend. The “Flying Squirrel” stuck. by Scott Gamble, Executive Producer ABC Open www.abc.net.au/open

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    • IM LAURA {a new beginning} by Laura Enever

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      Episode One. Welcome to the first episode of IM LAURA, a quarterly web series following the most amazing year of Lauras life. 'A New Beginning' kicks off at the Gold Coast for the first competitive event of the year along with some fun with local grommet Pacha. 2013 is looking good. Laura Enever presents - IM LAURA {a new beginning} Directed, Filmed, Edited by Stefan Hunt www.imlaura.tv www.goodcheer.com.au stefan@goodcheer.com.au

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      • THE QUIK DICK PRO !!!

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        What a perfect opportunity to get the dick surfboard down to the quick pro 2014. I got right amongst it with the pro's and all the babes on the beach. So here it is hope you enjoy !!!!!

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        • Quiksilver Pro Round 4 and 5 Highlights

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          GOLD COAST, Feb 28 - The world's best surfers blasted through another marathon day at the Gold Coast's Snapper Rocks as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover completed 16 heats, determining the men's Quarterfinalists and women's Semifinalists before day's end. The opening stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast has seen four, consecutive days of action with event organizers making the most of the swell on offer. Home town favourite Joel Parkinson (AUS) has scored the first perfect 10 of the Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover to reach the quarter final of the ASP men's world surfing championship event on the Gold Coast. Not even the lashing pain of a bluebottle sting could distract him as he grabbed the 10-point wave with five minutes remaining to leave fellow Queenslander Julian Wilson no hope of catching him. Parkinson comes up against Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the quarter final in what could be a lively meeting - earlier in the day Smith relegated Parkinson to round five as the South African advanced with the win into the quarter finals. At their previous meeting at Snapper Rocks in 2011 the South African eliminated Parkinson from the event in round five. The other quarterfinal heats pit Gold Coaster Josh Kerr against the red hot Kelly Slater, (USA). Owen Wright (Aus) against Brazil's Adriano De Souza and Taj Burrow (Aus) against fellow Aussie Adrian Buchan (Aus). Earlier in round four Australian Taj Burrow (17.34) confirmed his strong title aspirations with a convincing victory against Adrian Buchan (AUS – 12.33) and Julian Wilson (AUS – 9.33) to advance directly into the Quiksilver Pro quarterfinals in on-shore 3 – 4ft waves at Snapper Rocks today. Burrow was forced to change a broken board late in the heat, but already had the heat victory secure with wave scores of 9.27 and 8.07 locked in. Burrow’s trainer Johnny Gannon ran the replacement board up to the Snapper Rocks keyhole with just four minutes remaining. Eleven-time world champion KELLY SLATER (USA) used his 14.00 heat tally to join Burrow in the quarterfinals with a round three win over HEITOR ALVES iBRA – 12.13) and MICHEL BOUREZ (PYF- 11.10). The 40 year-old Floridian overcame a shaky start and changed to a shorter board with more fins after his first wave in the round four heat of the ASP men’s World Tour event. Slater said he got caught off guard for the early morning heat and felt all three surfers in the heat were out of rhythm. Brazil’s Adriano de Souza (15.37) also advanced to the quarterfinals relegating Wright (15.13) and Kerr (9.00) into the elimination round. De Souza said wave selection was key in the tricky conditions. All competitors who finished 2ndand 3rdwill surf in two-man elimination Round 5 heats for a spot in the quarterfinals, while all the winners advanced. A call will be made at 7AM tomorrow morning as to whether competition will resume at Snapper Rocks. UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS: HEAT 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Owen Wright (AUS) HEAT 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS) HEAT 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS) HEAT 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS) QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 5 RESULTS: HEAT 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.20 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.43 HEAT 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.44 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.84 HEAT 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.06 HEAT 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.03 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.27 QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 4 RESULTS: HEAT 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.37, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.134, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.00 HEAT 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.13, Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.10 HEAT 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.44, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.04 HEAT 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.34, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.33, Julian Wilson (AUS) 9.33

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          • Searching for Michael Peterson Trailer

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            • Behind the Snapper Rocks - Sea Movies

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              Steph Gilmore, Joel Parkinson and others battle for waves one windy day behind the rocks of Australia's infamous point break Snapper Rocks in this episode of of Sea Movies on Korduroy.tv. Camera/Edit Cyrus Sutton Music The Non Courtesy of Triple Nine Music www.triple9music.net

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              • Gold Coast Event - Parko and Marley Cruisin

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                SHOT ON SONY AND CANNON EDIT ON FINAL CUT SHAGGADELIC.COM.AU

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                • JOSH KERR X SNAPPER ROCKS

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                  We are now past the half way point on the world tour season. Currently sitting 8th in the world, here is a flash back to how Josh Kerr got things stated at Snapper Rocks placing equal 3rd. PRESENTED BY :RUSTY www.rusty.com SURF: JOSH KERR www.kerrzy.com FILM &EDIT :MATT KLEINER www.mattkleiner.com Additional Footage: Damea www.dameadorseyphotography.com MUSIC: TRUST www.ttrustt.com

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                  • SNAPPER ROCKS

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                    wayoftheocean.com Snapper Rocks on the gold coast of Australia. Asher Pacey, Dean Morrison, Mick Fanning and friends Music: Years Around the Sun " failing at art" remixed by the PROTIST" Film and Edit: Matt Kleiner

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                    • Future Fins "Flash and Trash": Work (Play)

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                      Welcome back to Flash and Trash. Uh, today (being March 5, 2014) on the Gold Coast was really something. Here's some cuts from the Superbank, starring Kolohe Andino, Mick Fanning, Nat Young, Josh Kerr, Joel Parkinson and more.

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