From October 3-14, the tour will settle down in France’s southwest iconic surf towns of Seignosse, Hossegor, and Capbreton.
After closely monitoring the beaches for months, contest director and former competitor Alain Riou decided to set the main competition site at Culs Nus, a few hundreds of meters north of the world famous La Graviere. But of course, the event features a fully mobile option to move to the very best peaks along the stretch of coast.
The penultimate event this season, the French stop always plays a major role in both the World Title race and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers. Gabriel Medina (BRA), a three-time winner in France and current World No. 2, could potentially take back the hot spot on the Jeep Leaderboard with another big result on a wave he has come to master.
On the other hand, Jeremy Flores (FRA), Michel Bourez (PYF) and Joan Duru (FRA) will try their hardest to finally put a French name on the prestigious Quiksilver Pro France trophy. World No. 10 Bourez and No. 13 Flores have an opportunity to further solidify their ranking while Duru needs a solid result if he wants to stay on the Championship Tour next season.
The Roxy Pro France is an even more important event as the second-to-last stop on tour for the Top 18 and has more than once crowned the women’s WSL Champion in the past. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) the current World No. 1 has won the event twice and could get even closer to a 7th World Title with another victory in France. But once again, the threat could come from a French surfer, Johanne Defay (FRA) currently sixth in the rankings who has tons of experience in the French beach breaks.
This year, the event will also feature the first installment of Red Bull Airborne, an aerial specialty event featuring 18 of the most innovative surfers in the air, both on and off the Championship Tour.
As always, local fans will be able to follow the event LIVE on a big screen on the Central place in Hossegor, and enjoy movie screenings and music acts in various places during the event’s waiting period.
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