James Court: watch what you've eaten

The Wellington Wave Champs 2010 was held at Plimmerton in some pretty extreme conditions at times. The surf was large for plimmy with shoulder to head high waves breaking on the shore and it was windy. The gusts in excess of 40 knots with most sailors battening down the hatches on flat 4.0s.

It was the first time we have seen all the top Wellington sailors together at one time. Tim Haxell who has been in awesome form recently, Tom Taylor the former international freestyle wizard now back living in Wellington, Tim Bamford just before he moves back to Maui, and of course the always on form Clayton Dougan.

James Court landed pretty much 100% of his push loops and sprinkled in a few ok forwards, cheese rolls, and shove-its.

The biggest surprise in the semis was the outing of Tim Haxell, who was one of the main contenders. However, it was a stacked heat between James, Tim and Clayton with Clayton taking the other spot in the finals.

The other semi was held in increasingly marginal conditions (especially if you were on a 4.0) and delivered an on form Tom Taylor and Tim Bamford through to the four man final.

So the final kicked off and the wind backed off. It was fourth place for James Court and the victory went to Clayton Dougan.


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