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Incredible swell hits Pismo Beach this weekend for The HYDRO-TURF Surf Slam, the final round of the IFWA World Championship Tour 2007. The waves are expected to reach heights of up to 12 feet and the 40 confirmed pilots from all over the world are looking forward to the great conditions.

Mathematics has created a battle for the World Championship Title in the Stand-Up category. The leader is 2-time world champion Frenchman Pierre Maixent. French rider Gil Beurnier and American rider Ross Champion follow him closely. The battle for the title is very close in points.

Brazilian freerider Ivo Sehn and Aurelian Mejean from France will continue to compete for points in the California surf. Other American riders in the top 8 points are Mike Serlin and Zach Waddle. The top 8 riders from the tour will not have to compete in the pre-qualifying round and will advance directly to the head to head brackets.

In the Sit Down Category, South African Jimmy Visser will continue his title as world champion for the 9 consecutive year. He may win the Tour Championship but he will have some competition for the event win from riders like World Champion racer Chris MacCluggage and of course his rival Pierre Maixent from France. Jimbo Visser has announced that he will compete next year in the Stand-Up Category. If he continues to evolve the sport as he has in the Sit-Down class, the top riders from this year will have to battle him for the Championship in 2008.

The HYDRO-TURF Surf Slam
is part of the 3rd year of IFWA Freeride World Championship Tour. The tour consists of 5 events held in Portugal , Spain , France , Brazil and the United States . The competition is a head to head format with pilots being judged equally on wave surfing and aerial maneuvers. Each stop on the tour features a beautiful tourist location along with the potential for large surf and impressive competition. The IFWA is the International Freeride Watercraft Association and the sanctioning body for the sport of Freeride.

For more information about the event, sponsorship or competitor information please contact:
CarolAnne Giustina
On Course Events
[email protected]
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