Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Surfing. The ASP World Tour in France
From 4 to 13 October in France A key stage of the elite international series in men’s surfing competitions.
Famous for its sometimes menacing autumn waves, the south-western coast of France. It is impossible to imagine the ASP World Tour without it. In 2010, the conditions were just great — Grand Dame Europe have not seen such surfing. That year, like in some other seasons, the local hills and valleys became temporarily similar to the northern coast of Hawaii.
Over the last decade, Quiksilver Pro France has earned a reputation as one of the most important surf event in the world. Just look at the lists of participants: Andy Irons — three awards, Joel Parkinson — an award, Mick Fanning — three awards... And it becomes clear — only the very best are to win in Hossegor or Seignosse.
The eighth of eleven stages of the ASP World Tour, in which sportsmen compete for the titles of the world’s 32 best surfers. Quiksilver Pro France is often a crucial element in the race for the world title that only adds the drama and fuels public speculation. Pro-riders extend themselves at the tour stage in Jeffreys Bay (the Republic of South Africa), but the crown of the 2011 season still has not found its owner. Out front Adriano de Souza and the second best Joel Parkinson are leading the tour at the moment; and ten times world champion, Kelly Slater and remorseless Taj Burrow are at the backs of their packs, sharing the third place.