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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Dave Winchester

The final leg of the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour is set to go down at Duranbah Beach during the RAW Nationals ’09 in November and the action will be red hot.

After 10 months of competition through Qld, NSW, Vic, SA and WA the Men’s title race is coming down to three distinct contenders.

Corey McClean from Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is the current ratings leader after placing highly in most of the events on the Rebel Sport Pro Tour, including a win in the EBB Pro in WA.

“Game on ” said McClean.

“This is my home break so I will feel pretty comfortable out there, but Winny and Jake are awesome competitors”

“ I don’t know, I will just have to take it heat by heat but I would love to win the Tour on home turf in front of my friends and family” said Corey.
The perennial bridesmaid this year has been Jake Stone from Maroochydore. He has finished second in every single event he has entered and will be looking to go one better at D’bah.

“ I am keen to win the Rebel Sport Pro Tour” said Stone.

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