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Layne Beachley to present Seven's Beach Cops

  • IF.com.au
Seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley will present a new series about the police who work the Northern Beaches.

Beachley will narrate Seven.s new "factual series", Beach Cops, which follows the police men and women who operate along Sydney.s Northern Beaches..

From driving offences to missing persons to drugs, see how the officers respond to the dangerous, tragic and often funny situations that are part of their everyday lives.

Beachley grew up perfecting her craft at Manly Beach and remains a proud Northern Beaches resident.

Beachley said, having grown up in the area, she had seen it all.

.But Beach Cops has given me a healthy perspective on just how hard the police work to keep the community safe..

Beach Cops premieres in October on Seven. The series is produced in-house by Seven Productions. Lyndal Marks is Executive Producer..
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William & Kate's Visit Hailed as Historic on Last Night in Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked their final night in Australia on Thursday with a cocktail party at the home of their host, who put their visit in historical perspective. Australia's governor-general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, likened the trip to a similar tour Down Under taken in 1927 by William's great-grandfather, the Duke of York - later King George VI - and his wife. "Accounts of their visit note the deafening cheers of the crowds, the fervent and spontaneous greetings of those they met, and the Duchess won hearts from the start - all words that could describe the last couple of weeks,
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Rose Byrne, Asher Keddie, Natalie Imbruglia up for Instyle’s Women of Style awards

InStyle Magazine has announced the nominees for its Women of Style Awards with actresses Rose Byrne and Asher Keddie and TV presenter, and singer Natalie Imbruglia up for the award.

The announcement:

Monday 12th March, 2012: InStyle and Audi have announced the nominees for the prestigious annual InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards. Nominees in the News and Entertainment category are: Rose Byrne, Actress; Asher Keddie, Actress; and Natalie Imbruglia, TV Presenter and Singer.

The InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards honour Australia’s most inspirational and innovative women, be they in an artistic, business, lifestyle or community-related field.

“These women are true pioneers within their field, and we look forward to sharing their inspirational achievements with our readers in 2012,” Kerrie McCallum, Editor, InStyle said.

2012 InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards nominees – News and Entertainment category:

Rose Byrne, Actress: Since making her acting debut aged eight with
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Zac Efron Makes a Splash Down Under

  • PopStar
Surfs up, dude! Zac Efron was among the celebrities paying attention to some tasty waves on a recent trip to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Zac joined forces with sunglasses manufacturer Oakley who reportedly paid him $200,000 to participate in their promotion of Learn to Ride, which raises money for One Sight Foundation. One Sight is a family of charitable vision care programs dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide. Decked out in bright red Oakley surf-wear and an ultra-bright smile, Zac spent a few minutes in the water at Bondi Beach, and even offered up a surf lesson to a fan. The 22 year old High School Musical (2006) star also had a little help from Australian surf champions Layne Beachlety and Tom Whitaker. The crowds came out in full force for the event, as did the high winds, which made it difficult to brave the waves. That didn't stop
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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens: Bondi Buddies

Making the most of their time down under, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were spotted out and about in Sydney Australia today (February 16).

The “High School Musical” costars looked to be having a great afternoon, grabbing some grub at North Bondi Italian.

According to an eyewitness, Zac and Vanessa shared plenty of affection for one another, and also stopped to sign autographs and pose for photos with their fans.

Earlier in the day, Zac took to the sea with Australian champion surfer Layne Beachley down at Bondi Beach.
See full article at GossipCenter »

Efron Causes Chaos In Sydney

  • WENN
Efron Causes Chaos In Sydney
Hollywood heart-throb Zac Efron made waves in Australia on Tuesday after hundreds of screaming fans invaded a Sydney beach to watch the star's surfing lesson.

The High School Musical actor joined Australian surf champions Layne Beachley and Tom Whitaker for a lesson at the city's famous Bondi beach as part of a charity event.

But the Oakley’s Learn to Ride surf session, in aid of the OneSight Foundation, was disrupted by legions of Efron's teenage fans, who took to the sands to glimpse their idol.

Security teams erected metal barriers around the beach in a bid to hold back the swelling crowd, but the fans burst through and surged onto the sand as a dozen bodyguards attempted to shield the star from the attentions, according to News.com.au.

But despite the security fears, Efron still enjoyed 30 minutes in the water with the surf pros.

Beachley loses engagement ring in harbour

Layne Beachley has said that she believes an "omen" brought her lost engagement ring back to her. The retired Aussie surfer, who is due to marry Inxs rocker Kirk Pengilly, lost her 1.35 carat ring while swimming in Sydney Harbour. Beachley told The Daily Telegraph: "I was training with the Manly Police squad and we were pretty much just throwing balls around in the water, but by the end of the day I realised it was gone." The 37-year-old then enlisted divers (more)
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July 2009: The girls of surfing shoot

With the sun setting on an older generation of women surfers, underscored by the recent retirement of seven-time world champ Layne Beachley, 37, the next tide of young women is ready to rise. Some of these female surfing prodigies came together in Crystal Cove State Park, in Newport Coast, California, to be photographed by iconic surf photographer Michael Halsband for Vanity Fair’s July issue. Ranging in age from 14 to 26, these women are no “Girl-Midgets” on the beach; just ask the bros who got snaked.
See full article at Vanity Fair »

Crowe Named As Sydney Ambassador

  • WENN
Crowe Named As Sydney Ambassador
Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe will head an advertising campaign for Sydney in the U.S. - after he was named as an ambassador for the Australian city. The Gladiator star - who was born in New Zealand - will feature in promotional campaigns to promote Sydney to the American market and increase visitors from the U.S. As well as Oscar-winning Crowe, other ambassadors who will appear in the promos include billionaire businessman Peter Holmes a Court and world-surfing champion Layne Beachley - both native Australians. Morris Lemma, premier of Sydney's state New South Wales, says, "They are international heavyweights who can influence people from industry, business, entertainment and sport. Their public support of Sydney will encourage people to visit and invest in business, tourism, the arts, sport and education. The Sydney ambassadors will be part of a promotional campaign that will appear in the U.S. later this year."

Billabong Odyssey

Arenaplex

NEW YORK -- Armchair athletes (you know who you are) and surfing enthusiasts will no doubt be the most receptive audiences for this documentary about the world of extreme surfing, which has the unfortunate timing to arrive on theater screens not too long after this summer's well-received "Step Into Liquid". While "Billabong Odyssey" ultimately resembles an infomercial more than a coherent cinematic exercise, its spectacular images of well-toned athletes battling with the world's largest waves should find a receptive audience of those so inclined. Tellingly, the film opened Friday in 17 theaters in Southern California and on a single screen in Manhattan.

Shot in both 35mm film and high-definition video, Phillip Boston's docu opens in spectacular fashion, with a stunning shot of Surfer Mike Parsons dwarfed by a 70-foot-high wave. A succession of similarly breathtaking images follow, though they are interrupted too frequently by dry, public television-style explications of wave formations, high-tech weather forecasting, etc.

Filmed in various far-flung locations including California, Washington, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, France, Australia, Tahiti and the legendary open-ocean waves of the Cortes Bank 100 Miles West of San Diego, the film documents the Billabong Odyssey project, created to expand the boundaries of surfing by conquering waves 70 feet and beyond.

Profiled are a colorful array of extreme surfing stars as well as such renowned figures as tow-surfing pioneer Ken Bradshaw, female surfer Layne Beachley and hydrofoil surfboard expert Rush Randle.

"Billabong", like most films of its ilk, eventually suffers from its accumulation of admittedly spectacular but repetitive images and would probably benefit from both extensive trimming and projection on a large-format screen. And the weak attempts at both narrative cohesion and character development are largely ineffective.

But none of this will matter to those who get stoked at the prospect of finding the perfect wave.

Billabong Odyssey

Arenaplex

NEW YORK -- Armchair athletes (you know who you are) and surfing enthusiasts will no doubt be the most receptive audiences for this documentary about the world of extreme surfing, which has the unfortunate timing to arrive on theater screens not too long after this summer's well-received "Step Into Liquid". While "Billabong Odyssey" ultimately resembles an infomercial more than a coherent cinematic exercise, its spectacular images of well-toned athletes battling with the world's largest waves should find a receptive audience of those so inclined. Tellingly, the film opened Friday in 17 theaters in Southern California and on a single screen in Manhattan.

Shot in both 35mm film and high-definition video, Phillip Boston's docu opens in spectacular fashion, with a stunning shot of Surfer Mike Parsons dwarfed by a 70-foot-high wave. A succession of similarly breathtaking images follow, though they are interrupted too frequently by dry, public television-style explications of wave formations, high-tech weather forecasting, etc.

Filmed in various far-flung locations including California, Washington, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, France, Australia, Tahiti and the legendary open-ocean waves of the Cortes Bank 100 Miles West of San Diego, the film documents the Billabong Odyssey project, created to expand the boundaries of surfing by conquering waves 70 feet and beyond.

Profiled are a colorful array of extreme surfing stars as well as such renowned figures as tow-surfing pioneer Ken Bradshaw, female surfer Layne Beachley and hydrofoil surfboard expert Rush Randle.

"Billabong", like most films of its ilk, eventually suffers from its accumulation of admittedly spectacular but repetitive images and would probably benefit from both extensive trimming and projection on a large-format screen. And the weak attempts at both narrative cohesion and character development are largely ineffective.

But none of this will matter to those who get stoked at the prospect of finding the perfect wave.

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