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Big-Wave tow-surfers set European record at Belharra

Belharra going off : photo courtesy www.ripcurl-europe.com


Belharra session

Socoa, St Jean de Luz,

Basque Country

22 November 2002

Tow-in Teams set record at Belharra, France.

Six European big-wave surfers rode the biggest waves ever surfed in Europe outside St Jean de Luz, in SW France on Friday 22 November 2002. Waves were in the 30 feet/10 metres size range.

Weather forecasts and swell charts were studied in detail in the days leading up to “Famous Friday” offering the surfers one of the best opportunities ever to realize their ten year old dream, of attempting to surf “Belharra”, the outside reef off Socoa, St Jean de Luz, France, for the first time ever.

The surfers made up of 3 tow-in teams on jet-skis (PWCs, in American), had practised for years in advance for this day, and were well trained in the use of all the appropriate equipment and conditions. Riders making up the tow-in teams were:-

Michelle Larronde (Hawaii)

Vincent Lartizien (Hossegor, Fr.)

Yann Benetrix (Hossegor, Fr.)

Max Larretche (Boucou Fr.)

Peyo Lizarazu (Pays Basque)

Fred Basse (Hossegor Fr.)

Links below have photos to click for enlargemnt.

Photos/video footage available at www.ripcurl.com

Photo rider on a Belharra giant www.agoride.com

Photos & French text available at www.agoride.com

Photo & French text available at
www.sudouest.com

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