The Oxbow Pro World Longboard Championship, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International's premier event in longboard surfing, has started today at Les Cavalliers, Anglet, France, under sunny skies and with glassy, four foot waves.
An international field of 48 triallists, consisting of surfers from Brazil, South Africa, USA, Portugal, Hawaii, Great Britain, South Africa, Japan, Australia and France, will be competing today to secure the coveted final four positions for the main event, which is expected to start tomorrow.
The successful triallists will then be in the running to be crowned the Oxbow Pro Longboard World Champion and share in the $US50,000 prizemoney on offer. Organisers are predicting an incredible week of waves for the elite field of longboard surfers, which includes defending event champion Josh Constable (AUS) and former world champions Joel Tudor (USA), Colin McPhillips (USA), and Bonga Perkins (Haw). Local hopes will be centred upon Oxbow's wildcard Antoine Delpero, a Marseille raised surfer who now lives in this area of the Basque coast.
With incredible sand banks at the contest venue at Les Cavalliers providing hundred yard rolling lefts and rights and a low tide in the middle of the day, conditions are set to improve, giving the up and comers every chance to show their mix of smooth, controlled longboard style and radical modern surfing. With the chance to compete for the ultimate prize in longboard surfing at one of the spiritual homes of European surfing, the day's action is set to spectacular. For more information, live webcast and heat results go to www.oxboworld.com

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