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News Headlines – Mon 17th

It\’s been blasting all weekend long at the 1000-strong French Defi Wind long-distance challenge so there\’s bound to be some properly frightening footage coming out of Gruissan soon, but meantime here\’s the \’director\’s cut\’ newsreel from day 1. (Unless you\’re particularly into helicopters, afraid you\’ll have to whistle your own tune over it though!)

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Young Pierre Mortefon, 2005 Junior Formula World Champ, took victory – see his reaction on the Fanatic site. In winds gusting over 50 knots, the final day was reserved for the top 50 only, but to be honest Team OTC looked like they\’d had enough by then anyway…

In contrast, PWA Slalom Ulsan got off to a gentle start on the second day with not enough breeze for competition on the third. But even with \’la crème\’ contesting Defi Wind, the French are still sitting pretty with Albeau and Arutkin on top. Both KP and Dan Ellis are blogging and filming out of South Korea – watch the first official PWA movie here.

BWA Rhosneigr got a little breeze too, but nothing like enough for any wavesailing. (Just a spot of tow-in and some suicidal slope-style.) Registration opened in Brandon Bay this morning, so fingers crossed Ireland comes good…

There\’s been no such trouble at the Essaouria Wave Classic, where Jamie Hancock made the finals of the Moulay Jump Session. No great surprise that homeboy Boujmaa busted out a huge double-forward and some one-handed backies to take the €500 spoils.

Talking of one-handed backies, Jonas Ceballos shows how it\’s done with a novel boom-mount angle.

And finally, spare a thought for young British freestyle hopeful James Randall – three days into an Egyptian training trip he sliced his foot open on his fin. Ouch! Still, at least he got enough footage for this short movie
 

 

Photo Credit: Jean Souville, JC, Dave White, Maxime Houyvet

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