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Top surfer airlifted to hospital

Russell Winter
Russell Winter is one of Britain's top-ranking surfers

One of Britain's top-ranking surfers has been injured in an accident while surfing off the Cornish coast.

Russell Winter broke his wrist and was taken by air ambulance from Porthleven to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Winter, who is originally from Newquay, had recently recovered from a serious ankle injury and had just begun competing again.

He is the only British surfer ever to make the World Championship Tour.

Cornishman Winter usually makes his home in Barbados, but was back in the UK for last week's Highland Open in Scotland.

He became the first ever British surfer to win the Newquay Boardmasters in 2002 and is currently ranked number 36 in the World Qualifying Series tour.

He is hoping to do well in that series in order to get back among the world's elite in the World Championship Tour.

He has also won the British and European title during his career and is remembered for beating the world-famous Kelly Slater in a first round heat in Hawaii.


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