Praia do Norte

The voting for the twentieth athlete at Sumol Nazaré Special Edition has already started. There is, however, some news: instead of a beforehand selection, as it was defined, the organization decided to give an opportunity to all the registered athletes.

The list of the fourteen athletes is formed by Márcio Silva, João Pinheiro, Filipe Ferreira, Renato Paço, Tiago Silva, Bernardo Jerónimo, Gonçalo Sousa, Nuno Trovão and Nélson. Filipe Cabrela, Tiago Fazendeiro, Pedro Rodrigues, Diogo Pombeiro and the French Nicolas Marianelli are also some of the candidates that will be voted by the community.

The decision is now up to the all the bodyboarders, that can vote in their favorite until November 6th. To vote, you just have to send an email. Each person can only vote once and the winner will be known at Sumol Nazaré Special Edition official presentation, which will be held the day after at Nazaré.

The chosen athlete will join the sixteen names already confirmed in the best competition of the modality and three names will still be to know.

The formula couldn’t be more unique and special: twenty of the best national and international BB athletes are convoked to confront the famous waves of Praia do Norte, which is considered the queen wave in Nazaré and one of the most respected in the whole world.

The unique size and force of these famous waves, which easily go to six meters high, is the visit card of a competition. The waiting period is between November 10-29th.

Damian Prisk

The first Anglo-French Challenge between the French Surfing Federation and the British Bodyboard Club went off in superb style in Quiberon this weekend.  The French put out a very strong team including 2009 French tour winner Sylvain Langlet and Pierre-Louis Costes, currently 6th in the IBA World Tour and in contention for the world title.

The British Team (sponsored by Brittany Ferries, Rob Barber’s Bodyboard School and NMD) consisted of Damian Prisk, Danny Catten and Danny Wall in the Open section; with U19s Dave Speller and Cian Salmon completing the junior section.

The competition was held over two days in Quiberon in South Brittany; on the Côte Sauvage break of Port Bara.  Saturday afternoon saw a stormy onshore 7ft swell, and a lack of familiarity with the break may have seen the downfall of the British team.  Their French counterparts showed better wave selection in the difficult conditions, and raced into an early 5-0 lead in the man-on-man format.  Though a number of heats were close, the French riders were the ones hitting the critical sections more cleanly to impress the judges.

The second and third rounds held on Sunday morning saw a determined British squad hit the water.  Conditions were cleaner and bigger than on Saturday, and with some experience under their belts combined with direction from team coach Rob Barber, they were quickly back in contention.

A convincing win from Salmon over the diminutive Max Castillo (look out for Castillo in the coming seasons though – the lad shows a maturity and style beyond his years) got the Brits on the scoreboard.  Dan Catten was neck and neck with Langlet in the next heat when the man from Hossegor picked up the wave of the round - a long pealing left.  The Frenchman ignored two makeable sections in favour of down the line speed and pulled off a huge invert as the wave closed out and nailed the heat.

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Pierre Louis-Costes

Pierre-Louis Costes (VS) is a well-known presence in the modality panorama and the first international name confirmed at the fourth edition of Sumol Nazaré Special Edition.

The French athlete will be present at this championship for the second time and he got the second place in the last edition.

With only 19 years old, PLC has already the world ranking eighth and fourth places in the world ranking, in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Nowadays, he is in the sixth position.

The athlete has also seven national titles in France and a European one and will confront Praia do Norte with the 15 names already confirmed and four still to know.

The twentieth athlete, voted by the community, will be known at Sumol Nazaré official presentation, at November 7th, at Nazare’s Municipal Library, 15h00.

The list of the twenty athletes will be known at this official presentation, which counts with the attendance of some athletes.

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