It was the VQS conny last weekend in Hossegor, and the waves were pretty fun.

It’s meant to be just a good vibe contest, all the kids get to shred, get prizes and play games with Jebron. The best part is they have free lunch. This year it was sandwiches from Hossegor’s Sandwiches ‘made in love’. On sunday I actually had two of the cheese and rocket kine on pain artisanal and my jaw still hurts.

You know how in Hawaii they have to invite all da boyz from Pipe into the Pipemasters, because that’s their spot? Well Cul Nus isn’t all that different, only thing is rather than a swath of bruddas, it’s just SE’s French Ed Archi. He regulates that shit full time, 24-7.

Last year Archi blazed his way to the quarters, even pulling off a layback tube which. according to Didier Piter “showed the judges variety.” This year he wasn’t so lucky, and bowed out in the 1/8th finals as they call it here. It wasn’t without controversy though. Shades of Beschen-Slater in 94 at HB, Archi pulled a sneaky move behind Matthias, told him to go and then took off behind him. As if that wasn’t enough, as he kicked out, Archi even waved his arms at the judges as if to say ‘Kick this guy out of the contest!’

photos: Leafblower

As it turned out, Archi was eliminated in 3rd place, despite his unsportsmanlike calls for a triangle red on white. What was also pretty funny was when speaker Jebron heckled him over the PA. ‘He’s got flappy hands,” observed Jeb. A big chuckle wafted around the beach.

Not many people know this but Archi invented the floater, in 1983 at la sud.

As if that’s gonna help (Note: the bandage (Darren Anderton))

“Did I get through ou quoi?”
“Non Archi. Non non non non non non…”


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