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Extortion in the Air

Updated: April 16, 2008, 4:13 PM ET

Every once in a while, the news of the day is a great lead in for a bigger discussion. The 6-star Quiksilver Pro in Durban, South Africa, was put on hold yesterday because (you're going to love this) no one had a surfboard.

Well, I shouldn't say no one, but over 30 competitors traveling from the recent Drug Aware Pro in Australia, arrived in Durban this week without their surfboards. Then a flight full of Brazilian competitors was also delayed.

"Not an easy decision to make with ...

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