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Conditions improve at Rip Curl Pro/Tom Curren shines

Tom Curren : photo Dimulle/

Rip Curl Pro

ASP 6 star WQS Mens event

Hossegor/Seignosse, France

23 - 29 August 2004


Day 2: Conditions improve at Rip Curl Pro/Tom Curren shines

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, Seignosse - August 24, 2004

Conditions: 3 to 4 foot swell with some bigger sets. Long rights and lefts up for grabs on this amazing sand bank offering some rippable waves even in these difficult conditions.

It was young Tim Boal who opened up the show with some vertical surfing earning him first place in heat 4 of the round of 224, with the Israeli surfer Adi Gluska taking second place. A great surfing exchange that unfortunately pushed Reunion Island’s Hugo Savalli to third place. “It was tough to catch waves. I started surfing the lefts and then the rights showed more potential. My knee is still a bit painful but it didn’t bother me during the heat,” said Tim already focusing on the next round starting midway through the afternoon.

Noi Kaulukakui : photo Dimulle/

The crowd swelled as surfing legend Tom Curren entered the water, a big comeback to competitive surfing and a welcome return to the Rip Curl team. He was a key member of the team during most of his extraordinary career. Curren finished second behind Brazilian Savio Carneiro pulling the kind of fluid and precise manoeuvres that made him a three-time world champion back in the 90’s. “I didn’t start my heat well on the righthander and was sitting too far out so I started taking the lefts and that paid off straight away,” analyzed Tom just after his heat.

An other qualification for the Rip Curl team, came from Romain Laulhé who shook the tight grip of Japanese surfer Tanaka, and took second behind the other Japanese in the heat Masato Watanabe, “I was a bit slow at the beginning and I waited too long to take my first wave. But I love these kind of conditions and it fits my surfing. I hope to gain momentum over the coming days,” said an enthusiastic Laulhé.

Abdel El Harim : photo Dimulle/

The highlight of the day came from Moroccan surfer Abdel El Harim who pushed his surfing to the max and who could have scored a nearly perfect score if he had landed his air just after making it out of one of the few barrel of the day, “Stoked, stoked! My second wave came out of nowhere and I made the barrel and unfortunately couldn’t pull that air on the inside section… Otherwise I would have scored a ten!” said El Harim emerging from the crowd.

Most of the European surfers entered the contest fray today, French-Aussie Sam Carrier, Marlon Lipke (Ger), Ugo Benghozi (Fra), Aritz Aramburu (Spa) and an impressive Sam Lamiroy (GB) qualified amongst others for the next round.


Coming up tomorrow:

Round of 192 will be completed in the morning with Fabrice Gelez in heat 13…

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