Earthwave 2010: close, but not 100 | Photo: Craig Strachan

It was close, but the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave remains 110 set at the 2009 Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town after today's best effort at the same venue came in at 93.

Despite the ideal offshore winds and gentle rolling half metre waves, the unseasonable rainy weather reduced the field from last year's record 443 to 'just' 228 participants. Even though nearly 50% of those who took part managed to catch and ride the same wave for the required five seconds, they could not improve on the existing record.

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Mick Fanning: hiding from the sun

Day 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France experienced the full range of conditions that French beachbreaks are renowned for, completing the twelve heats of Round 1 in everything from slabbing barrels to high-performance peaks.

Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France continued the race for the 2010 ASP World Title as well as the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers in spectacular fashion today, with dramatic tuberiding and horrific wipeouts taking center stage.

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Kelly Slater: bonjour, sufeur

Solid six-to-eight foot (2.5 metre) barrels are pulsing through Culs Nus Beach this morning, prompting Quiksilver Pro France event organizers to call competition on beginning at 8:15am.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France plays a crucial role in the race for the 2010 ASP World Title, and today's competition will see the world's best battle one another in the idyllic barrels of Southwest France.

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