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When the first swells of winter hit the French coast, we met Adrien Toyon around Biarritz to see how the banks were working. With the tide and waves getting better, he took us to a lonely left he had been surfing lately.

He opened his car trunk and waxed an old 5’10” Lighting Bolt twin shaped by Graham Smith.

“That was my first ever surfboard. When I was 9 years old, my parents gave me for Christmas, almost 20 years ago. I found it again in my parents house in Reunion Islands and I brought it here. Then it spent some long time in my garage looking at me hahaha…That single concave and sharp lines were perfect on this day. Never thought I was going to surf this board again, and even more in this kind of waves.”

Waves were firing and, as Adrien’s surfing can demonstrate, board choice was on point.

Filmed and edited by Martxel Txintxurreta

Music: Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

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