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{ISSUE 14 // 2011}

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Pierre Louis Costes 2011 MENS WORLD CHAMPION


.ED In the ever changing world of digital, time flies like no other, and with this in mind, we recap some monumental events and monumental players in the 2011 year. With our boys firmly stamping their authority on the IBA's inaugural Grand Slam Series, we give our first interview with Jared Houston. For this we recruited none other than the former executive editor of GQ (he has since moved to Men’s Health), Dylan Muhlenberg. We profile the best event of 2011 in South Africa, the Tand Invitational, as well as few stories from our up and coming groms. It seems as if we barely scratched the surface of 2011 before a new year was upon us again. Here’s looking forward to an even more action packed 2012. Enjoy.

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Support Local Bodyboarding When it comes time to part with some hard earned cash, you would like your money to be contributing to bodyboarding locally ...

So how exactly can you and your money make a difference? Rule #1. Support your local surf store + spending your money locally has the greatest chance of making its way back into local rider and contest sponsorships. As the distance increases between you and your money, so the chances of it making it back decreases. + ask friends or other bodyboarders to recommend a bodyboarding friendly surf shop in your area. + if you find one, return their support for our sport by recommending them to your friends and slap their sticker on your bodyboard and car. The more business they get, the more they can potentially put back into bodyboarding. + tell your folks and family where they should shop for your presents and why. + if your preferred store does not have a product you want, ask them before going to another store. They may be able to source it for you. + if there is not a bodyboarding friendly store in your area, raise the issue with your local club or provincial association. Rule #2. Support responsible brands + take a look at which brands are putting money into bodyboarding in your country. Which are advertising in local magazines & DVDs and sponsoring riders, events

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& development programmes both locally and around the country. These are the brands which we should be supporting. + you will not know how much monetary value a brand is spending or is capable of spending. If you believe they are responsible then trust them. + ask friends and other bodyboarders for recommendations. + if you like the way they do business then return support by recommending them, wear their clothing and put their stickers somewhere where it will get eyeballs e.g. your car. + if a brand is not in your local surf shop then ask them to get the brand in. + if you are expecting gifts from family, explain to them which brands you support so that you don't end up with a gift you will not want to use. + if you have to buy a brand which is not putting back into the sport locally (e.g. it is the only product which works for you or you cannot find an alternative which does support) then make sure you still buy it from your local bodyboarding friendly surf shop. In this way, your money still has a good chance of doing something for local bodyboarding.


Hello ~

Just met a good bloke on the weekend from your part of the world, Rory Lancelles was his name. Seemed like a good egg so I thought we had better let him tag along whilst we looked for a few wintery slabs here in NZ. Luckily for him we came across one of our most fickle, hush hush spots throwing a few beasts around. Although most were death we managed to find a couple cold tubes and had a pretty good day. Best of luck to him in his NZ travels but here's a shot I took you guys might want to use. That's him on the left and Brendan Dorman (kiwi booger) on the right! Much Love

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by Dylan Muhlenberg

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Jared Houston started out just like you did. Only he went from dragging his hand into the face of a wave to beating the guys on the posters on his bedroom wall. Last year he knocked the then world champ, Jeff Hubbard, out of the Pipe event. Ben Player? Pfft, no problem. Guilerme Tamega. Done. Amaury Lavernhe. Dusted. So just how close are we to getting our very own champion of the world?

‘Right now, it will take no less than two wins. Which is not unachievable but it’s not bloody easy either. To be honest I can’t even comprehend a world title right now.’ At the moment Jared is just focusing on winning heats, winning contests and if that results in winning a world title then he’ll just kind of ride this out as smooth as he lands his moves... It’s a tall order, but as Jared’s proven time and time again - he is taller.

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The bitter reality is that even though Jared is number ten in the world, surfing waves that can literally kill him, he still makes less money than a QS campaigner coming last in every heat. Yo Jared, bitter much?

‘It’s ok, I’m happy, like with myself and what I’m doing, and I would rather be hitting big sections and surfing heavy waves functionally than doing three turns to the beach and wearing necklaces and knee length stretch boardies to dinner.’ Discussing this year’s dream tour, Jared is quick to nix my comment that bodyboarders are viewed as the rollerbladers of the ocean, going on to say that he couldn’t care less what the surfers think and that everyone else would have to be blind not to see what is going on.

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He’s a pretty positive guy, Jared, and will be the first to defend bodyboarding and help its progression, but here’s the question all the concerned parents will want me to ask: is pro-bodyboarder a feasible career choice?

‘Tough one to answer, as much as I want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and to have a crack, the reality is that only a very small percentage of guys will ever make a proper living off it. The top 4 Australian pro's live (own houses, cars and support families) off of bodyboarding. The rest survive… Realistically speaking, there is only place for so many internationals on the scene. Lots of people discouraged me, and lots of people encouraged me. At the end of the day its up to you, do you want to put everything on the line for a sport where riders win $6000 for risking their lives while some pussy Australian grom gets paid the same amount to participate in a helicopter shoot at Snapper?’ Well Jared did choose to put everything on the line and Jared does risk his life, that section that he hit at Mex Pipe as testament to just what he’s willing to do. By allowing his fear to drive him, and by not letting anything – be that a wave or a competitor – intimidate him, just because Jared is lying down doesn’t mean he’ll ever take it that way.

‘I am scared every time I surf Pipeline and I was very scared at Mexico, I’ll never show it, you could say that the calmer I look the more scared I am.’ So here’s a guy who snaps bodyboards, whose arse involuntarily opens up and releases a little bit of poo from the depths of his bowels whenever he lands a really big move.

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But then Jared is still skilled enough to bring more flash to his riding than Korean emails. Your invert to reverse is something to behold, now where to from here?

‘Coming next is the Invert-Backflip and guys are going to get 720's down. Beyond that, big waves are going to be pushed further and I think the surface has only been scratched with regards to what a bodyboard can do in the pocket.’ And if you’ve seen Jared’s riding you’d know that this is where the real progress will take place. It’s one thing hitting an end section and doing a bunch of twists off of the back, but when you’re in the monster’s innards, that sweet-spot that will either make or break you, this is where the music starts to play and everything goes into slow motion and you find yourself in a situation that only a fraction of a percentage of the world’s 6.96 billion people will ever get to experience. Also, lets not forget style… Now Jared says that he just does what feels good and his modus operandi will always be to surf functionally with speed and power. It’s this speed, power and disregard for consequences that have Jared flying the South African flag at a height we haven’t seen since Andre Botha went all Bunker Spreckels on us. Jared is the consummate professional: well groomed, respectful of his elders and his betters, and just all round nice. He’s the perfect ambassador for the sport: he does the clinics, cleans up beaches and understands the importance of brand building, having recently gone over the 5000 Facebook friend mark and opened a fan page. Claiming it in Mexico

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Bas Koopmans interview _ and all photo's Simon Heale

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Sebastian ‘Bas’ Koopmans, born and raised in the Melkbos area of Cape Town, South Africa as a wide-eyed and fluffyhaired child by two loving and unconditionally supportive parents, has now started to grow a little upper lip stubble and even thinks about girls on the odd occasion.

This has caused him to ponder on a few things, such as life after school? How many months until he can initiate someone at SA Champs? Where/ what should I study? How many girls are too many? What is that big ball of light in the sky? So with more speed, less haste and about freaking time, we give you the Bas interview.

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Give us a little background on you and your start in bodyboarding and how far it’s come since then. Well, I love the ocean and have been in it since the beginning When I was younger I lived in Grotto bay. I would spend every afternoon catching klip vissies with my dog, and I saw someone one day riding the beach break on a bodyboard. I thought it would be super fun so I tried it out and was hooked from there.

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You're only 17 and you've already marked your territory over most of South Africa and the Canary Islandss. Any plans to pee on some trees in other countries? Well I'm planning a trip to Canary's again this December. After grade 12 I'd like to wander around and get to Hawaii, then maybe Oz. Who knows?! I’m keen! 36

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Idols. Everyone grom has them. Who are yours and why?

Jerry and Mark have always inspired me, they are the nicest guys. To see Jerry surf all the local spots around where I live - except Kelp (haha); growing up around him and to see him get to where he is now has really inspired me to just go for it and put as much effort into my riding as I can.

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You are very competitive and get extremely bummed when you lose a heat, yet when free surfing you are the most easygoing and happy kid flopping around out there. Why is this? I get really disappointed in myself because you can blame it on the waves or a cramp, but at the end of the day you know deep down inside you stuffed up and I hate that, but free surfing is all about fun! I practice, but why not have fun? Why are we even riding waves if we aren’t enjoying it and having as much fun as possible? It’s all about the stoke at the end of your session!

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On competitive riding, who are your biggest rivals on the South African circuit and do you think you have what it takes to finally clench a SABA or SA's title? I’ve been eating healthily, exercising a lot and just surfing my brains out - hope it all pays off for next year’s circuit. It’s been helping my surfing so it’s definitely worth it! I’d have to say, surfing in contests against my local mates like Wilder and Ian is always super tough, and Nik Martin and Stephen du Preez are also contest machines!

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You've seen the young guns riding in another country (Canary Islandss). How do they compare to the top groms over here? I think South African groms have so much stoke and are generally willing to work at it really hard. I think that because most of us don’t go and surf world class waves every day, we have to go that extra mile. The skills of wave riding in Canary's and the moves they do are amazing. I've only heard of a handful of invert-air reverses or 720’s being attempted or even landed here, when at Fronton it seems like every second wave there is something monumental going down.

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Ramps, Barrels, Beachies and Reefs. What’s your favorite?

I like a blend of everything! I like to mix my riding up on different waves that give me a different rush and different feel. As long as the waves are good, my mates are in the water and I'm not cold, then I'm having a good time!

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To get the future of our sports perspective, do you think you, your friends and those still growing in our sport will be able to have Bodyboarding in South Africa as a professional sporting lifestyle and be able to live off of it in the coming years? And what must everybody do differently now to ensure that you guys CAN have that life? Well I hope that life can be mine, it would be a dream come true to live off and for bodyboarding. I think we should support brands that support us and rather than moaning about it just get out there and do it!

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This is the part where you get to praise those who keep you afloat in the ocean. Go. Thanks mom and dad - my two living legends! I’d like to thank Sean Tickner for the most awesome PRIDE body boards ever! And the guys who give me lifts (Simon, Deon, Ian); Jerry and Mark for helping me out in Canary's last year and to all my mates in the water who make my life fun!

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iba reunion island: a personal account simon heale all images simon heale Reunion Island: A small French territory island just off the Eastern side of Madagascar. French dominates the language there although English is tried too. You sit on the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road, but then again so does all of Europe, but you get used to it fast and it actually isn't too bad. The currency is Euro and the climate is pretty much like Durban.

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We pick up the story in Jozi, missioning around and holding thumbs hoping for Boety and Wes to get their visas on time. Boety arrived with Rossi at the same time i was greeting Jerry down at Domestic Arrivals. We waited on Wes and he arrived in full Durban style…hat and all ‘ey. We all checked in, got some sweet graze then lined up like sheep to board the seemingly short flight - well, in terms of the IBA tour stops this was a meagre 4 hour flight away… but boy did these 4 hours feel like they took forever! Coming into land in Reunion we had a pretty crazy unexpected drop in the plane, just a little "welcome to the island" present.

We all collected our bags, after a fair bit of terminal hassling, and we made our way out the gate. I didn't know where I was staying that night, nor how I would get to wherever I might have been staying but lo and behold, a youngish guy was standing there with a sign in his hand "SIMON HEALE". If my heart had a voice it would've been screaming. I was so relieved. Into his car and off we went to the hotel directly on the other side of the island in St Pierre. We had big chats about everything I could think of seeing as his English was relatively good and my French is, well, non-existent. Got to the hotel just before it closed, put my bags down and got

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offered a complimentary welcome drink. I got one of their local brewed beers called Bourbon (Dodo). Turns out the manager lived in Jozi for a year, studying. He was super friendly and spoke English well too, and his favourite beer? A BLACK LABEL! It’s a global winner, that’s a fact.

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I was staying in the hotel with Tim Leeson (Riptide ed) and Matt Pike (Movement mag) so I caught a lift down to the contest site with them and got the busy day started. At the end of the day the clear standouts were Sam Bennet, Sergio Alonzo, Alex Uranga, Jeff Desnoes and Emmanuel Caro. People were flying high and doing massive inverts over an almost dry, sea urchin filled, end section of reef. Those who landed them got rewarded for their bravery. Local rider Emmanuel impressed the crowd with some big inverts and competitive riding, while Alex Uranga won the trial even with a very out of order shoulder. With the trials done and dusted I made my mission home, getting to taste some sweet local delicacies in the form of these tiny cheese and chicken samoosas, not too bad. The little villages and people here are so friendly, even though they didn't understand me and I sure as hell didn't understand them. They tried their best and the results were usually good.

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Day one of the main event dawned to some solid surf and riding like I've never seen in a contest with my own eyes. I can safely say my mind was blown and my perceptions of contest riding and the competitors had changed completely! High-flying moving and reef scrapes ended the day with good photos and good times in the riders’ tent, getting to see what really goes on behind the scenes - the things we don't see or hear on the webcast back home. The SAFFA boys, Jerry, Boety and Wes, gave it their all in the hard conditions. Getting behind them is vital and every bit of support for them counts and they feel it wherever they are, but being there, at an IBA contest with them, supporting them from the lion's den is something quite different. You feel the intensity and weight of every heat and the emotional pain of a bad heat. Trust me on this, your support from back home fuels their fire. And even though all of our SA boys fell out early in this contest I can say this one thing with confidence and mean it with everything in me: the devastation I saw and felt from our boys losing was monumental, they were hurt to their inner core, and that's a GOOD thing! Why? How can I say such a horrible thing? No, No, my friends, this means that it’s something that they want more than anything else, it means it’s something they are willing to sacrifice so much so. So this devastation I speak of is good and it drives those who are passionate to use it and not be defeated by it. I say this with assurance….WE WILL HAVE A SAFFA WORLD CHAMP VERY SOON. MARK MY WORDS! We ended up having a layday and had a few activities organized for the media and riders. When you come to Reunion, and everyone should, a trip to St Rose's Banana plantation and the Lava Caves is a must! The banana plantation is such a sick place filled with endemic plants and little creatures. The guide told us about how they use not only the banana's from the tree, but the "heart" of it too, which is basically a hard branch like bit in the middle and a flower. We went back to the restaurant there and sampled the delicacies they make with this part of the banana plant and I can say, it has a weird texture but is a really good meal. There are so many different meals they make just with this, it’s incredible.

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(01) Competitiors_(02) Jeff Hubbard_(03) Pierre Louis Costes + Fans_(04)

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Slack liner_(Below) Emmanuel Caro

Next we headed off to the Lava Caves. These were formed in 2004 when the volcano erupted and sent endless tons of lava down the side of the volcano all the way to the sea, flattening everything in its path. Utter destruction! But now, 7 years later there are plants and trees growing through and vegetation is slowly returning. When the lava cools and hardens, air pockets form and cause the kilometre-long natural tunnels a few meters beneath the surface of the lava. It really is mind blowing when you walk through them, everything looks airbrushed and fake. It’s so smooth and there is NO light in there whatsoever besides our headlights. A truly amazing experience. We had one "off" day from doing any sort of pre-set activities, so the international media team, being Tim (Riptide), Matt (Movement), Toze (Vertmag), Rob (ThreeSixtymag) and myself, decided we had to collect a surf. We got up early, a little bit of strong coffee to wake us up with a bit of work done, and we were off to St Leu. The swell was tiny but we were all amped and there was no one out, which is rare, so we hit it. The clearest, warmest water I have ever seen! After a fun 3 hours and uncrowded 3 - 4ft perfection, we beached ourselves and decided this wasn't enough for the day so we opted to drive to a village that is based in the middle of a dormant volcano inland called Cilaos.

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Off we went on hands down the scariest, most ridiculous road I have ever driven, although it made me think that the guys from Top Gear would give it a "2 thumbs up" rating. The wildest drop offs, insane drivers and looming cliffs, but in the end it was all worth it. Getting to see and interact with the people who live there was beautiful; it’s so secluded from the city world, and so oblivious to the bustle of our "normal" lives. Again, super friendly people, always willing to help out or pose for a photo or two and then jostle you for a free beer. Well we all know how the Nissan Reunion Pro event panned out, with the unlikely Cinderella story of Alex Uranga winning the trials and then eventually winning the main event too, collecting a big cheque and a spot in next year’s IBA GSS in the process. Reunion is an amazing little island so close to us that we could almost throw stones onto it. Cheap to get there, an abundance of perfect reeling reef breaks in boardies warm water, amazing weather and beautiful people. Now you tell me, what bodyboarder doesn't want that? For more info on this Island Paradise on our doorstep visit www.reunion.fr

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by Simon Heale

I'm sure by now you've heard all the stories, read all the write-ups and seen all the pictures being thrown around the interweb like a piece of cake at a kids birthday party, but you'd be wrong. We are going to take you on a journey through the Tand Invitational 2011 using pictures. Pictures are suppose to say a thousand words right? Well lets see if they really do. Something different, something new, something you are definitely going to enjoy. sixty40.co.za

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One of the founder riders, local dominator and all round good guy Attie Van Heerden knows how to ride hand. In fact, he could probably take off blindfolded, get pitted more than we could ever wish and make head. He got unlucky in the contest but by no means didn’t surf well. Heats go that way sometimes.

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A contrast between the different perspectives of the judges, competitors and spectators. The view of the battleground from the safety of solid earth, crowds gathered. The view from the swell rocked boat of the crowds looking on in awe. The view the competitors had to deal with when paddling out before the sound of the heat buzzer.

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A triple perspective - this time of the same wave and the man Tomas Degenaar getting a barrel that most would either steer clear of or get hurt in, with serious consequence. He navigated this cave like a true ocean explorer and well, no matter which image you look at, they all cause the same reaction. Pick that jaw up off the floor.

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2nd place winner and IBA world tour dominator Mark "followyourboety" McCarthy gives us a clear indication of the skills he posseses. This wave was in the final. The picture says it all. I'll shut up now.

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Jerry is somewhat skilled in the aerial assault program. If he were in the army for it, he'd be a Sergeant Major. Not taking away from his barrel riding ability, but when you see him aiming for a section, you brace for something delightful. He won the Tand Invitational 2011 and deservedly so. A marked personal achievement for him. The celebratory photo tells it all, pure ecstasy.

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Congratulations to everyone who finaled, Jared Houston, Mark McCarthy, Johan De Goede and Iain Campbell. A massive thanks goes out to our sponsors Attica Wetsuits, Vivid Zeal Entertainment, Pride Bodyboards, Alphapharm Pharmacies, Magson Marine, SDi Group, Vitamin Water and WPBA. As well as to everyone who helped out at the event, promoted the event and just shared the general froth, this contest wouldn't have been possible without any of you guys! Next year the contest is due to blow minds and burn all the record books so make sure that if you have any sense you will be there to mark a notch in the bedpost of your history book because everyone who was there in 2011 will tell you, it was unforgettable.

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IBA 2011 World Tour

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Guillermo Cobo // Fronton, Canary Islands

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David Hubbard // Middles, Puerto Rico

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David Phillips // Middles, Puerto Rico

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Ryan Hardy // Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Jeff Hubbard // Middles, Puerto Rico

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Jared Houston // Fronton, Canary Islands

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Jason Finlay // Fronton, Canary Islands

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Joe Clark // Les Archers, Reunion

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Mark Mccarthy // Les Archers, Reunion

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Mark Mccarthy // The Box, Australia

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Mitch Rawlins // Fronton, Canary Islands

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Pierre Louis Costes // Fronton, Canary Islands

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Pierre Louis Costes // Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Pierre Louis Costes // Arica, Chile

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Pierre Louis Costes // Les Archers, Reunion

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Tom Rigby // Fronton, Canary Islands

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Dave Winchester // Puerto Escondido, MExico

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Dave Winchester // Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Yoan Florantin // Les Archers, Reunion

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