Scotland and Vendee Wrap-up

Helloo everyone,
I am currently in Brittany, relaxing at home. I'm going back to Bournemouth tomorrow..! I've been home for almost a week now and it's been pretty awesome. We scored some really good waves with friends (photos coming up soon) and I've been able to rest a little bit after those 2 hectic weeks in Scotland and Vendee.

Scotland ended pretty well even though I got destroyed in my second round heat. I didn't managed to have a good rythm 'with the ocean' and ended up taking off on really bad waves, letting the others go on the bombs... The lesson is now learned though. Same result for LOL, who was pushed inside the peak by his fellow competitors the whole heat and couldn't get any waves. Duvi however saved the honour of the crew by making it all the way to the Quarter-Finals! He was ripping the whole event but got unlucky with the consistency of the sets in the end...

Besides from the comp we also scored a few good waves in free surf, especially on our last day up there... When everyone was still partying after the event finished, we woke up early and went to check one of the deadliest slabs I have ever witnessed. It was pumping, in other words it was not surfable. It was so heavy I didn't even paddle out!! Duvi and Lol did though (only because we managed to wake up a couple of photographers) and got a couple of barrels, but also a couple of deadly wipe outs! Lol actually managed to get a back injury which caused him to not being able to surf for the comp in Vendee... Here's a little photo posted on Lol's blog.

So then we carried on with the Vendee Pro... It felt really nice to be back in France after 5 months spent in the UK! First thing I did was to eat a few slices of saucisson and have a beer on the balcony, enjoying the 20 degrees outside temperature! We had some good waves on the day prior to the event and I even scored a barrel!

The waves dropped a little bit for the event but it was still really fun. Even though I had a pretty tough draw for my first heat (Duvi, Tristan Guilbaud and Oli Adams) I managed to step up my game, get the bombs and win. I even got the second best score of the day with a 14,17 pts total! The second heat looked to be another hard heat (Marc Lacomare, Chris Friend and Frederic Robin) and indeed it was. Despite Fredo Robin being absent, Marc and Chris got some of the best scores of the event by picking up the bombs again! I didn't surf badly but I had a pretty poor wave selection and strategy which cost me the heat... Here's a few photos the ASP and Trimline SurfMag respectively:

And that's it for the moment... Bon surf and see you later! Yeeww


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