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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Free surfing France

Going for a surf in France is a complicated business. The tide, winds, swell and weather change by the hour. The ASP Top 32 arrived in Hossegor from hot and glassy California to chilly, rainy skies and ten-foot storm surf in the southwest of France. When the weather improved a bit and the surf dropped to a more manageable level Dane Reynolds, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Miguel Pupo and a host of others attacked a meaty beachbreak in nearby Capbreton for an appreciative crowd lining the seawall. The next day the trials were on at the main event site at La Graviere, famous for its sand sucking shorebreak tubes. The bar there is the best it's been in five years and even though the swell was still anything but clean Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson got shacked and showed the Pipe-like potential of it during freesurfs. As the conditions and swell forecast for the remainder of the waiting period are looking good, things should get interesting this week.