Waves of 2010: Slater, Douglas, Albeau and Lavernhe

The year 2010 is over. What were the highlights in the surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding fields?

A lot has truly happened, just like in life. In surfing, Kelly Slater has clinched the historical 10th world title. No one has ever done it the way the Floridian did it. Unfortunately, the surfing community also cries the loss of Slater's friend and rival, Andy Irons. Andy leaves us very early. We still had a lot to say to him, we still had a lot to learn from him.

In kitesurfing, the bad and the good coexisted. The KPWT entered a useless war of governing bodies and lost it to PKRA, the official kiteboarding world tour. Also on the bad side, deaths during kiteboarding sessions are still there, every week, every month.

Let's play it safe for the sake of the sport. On the bright side, Rob Douglas has recaptured the world speed record, beating the ultra modern trimaran l'Hydroptère. The US kiteboarder is the fastest sailor on Earth with a 55.65 knots record.

In windsurfing, Antoine Albeau was simply unbeatable. Again, the French bullet took several regional events and the world title. Also, ISAF threatened to pull windsurfing from the Olympic Games, Kona windsurfers returned in full glory, 3D animation replays are entering the sport and an academic research concluded: who needs money when you can go windsurfing?

Finally, in bodyboarding, Europe makes the headlines. Amaury Lavernhe, a pro French rider from the Reunion Islands, conquers the 2010 IBA World Tour. It's good for the sport that is said to have 6 million participants in the globe. The words and numbers are from Gregg Taylor, the new man behind the International Bodyboarding Association. He will revamp the tour with the Grand Slam Series format.

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