Santa Barbara native Bobby Martinez stormed out of the gates
last week in the first event of this year’s World Championship Tour
of Surfing on the Gold Coast of Australia. The first Santa Barbara
board rider since Chris Brown to qualify for the elite tour, the
23-year-old Martinez wasted no time in announcing his arrival on
the scene by defeating tour heavyweights Joel Parkinson and Mark
Occhilupo, on his way to an unexpected semi-final finish – earning
himself $10,000 and a number 3 ranking in the world. The 12-event
tour – which features contest sights at some of the best waves in
the world – next rolls into Bells Beach on the South Coast of
Australia in mid April.


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