With its huge stretch of west-facing Atlantic beach, France has long been known as one of the great surfing nations. Each year the World Surf League (WSL) Quiksilver Pro France welcomes the elite of the surfing world to Hossegor on the Aquitaine coast. From Hawaii’s John John Florence to Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and France’s very own Jeremy Flores, 36 of the world’s best surfers will compete in the ultimate beachbreak showdown.
The Quik Pro France is the 9th stage of the World Surf League championships and the shifting sandbanks mean that unlike the other stages the competition spot may need to change at short notice. The WSL will check the banks from Seignosse through Hossegor to Capbreton and they’ll change the venue depending on the conditions. In 2013, the comp was moved at the last minute from Hossegor up to Le Penon in Seignosse. This year, the organisers are hoping to run the comp at La Gravière, but there’s every likelihood that the venue could shift. To give you an idea, the event has been held in 4 different spots in 5 years – Les Culs Nus (2010 and 2015), La Gravière (2011 and 2012), Le Penon (2013) or even Les Gardians (2014). So, if you’re heading to the comp, make sure you have some sort of transport like a bike that will allow you to get up and down the beach in the event that the comp unexpectedly changes location.
Kelly Slater fans are going to be disappointed. The 11 times surfing world champion is going to miss this year’s event. He’s nursing a foot injury sustained during the J’Bay stage in South Africa.
The WSL who have just published the 1st round line-up for the Quik Pro France, has decided to replace Kelly Slater with Californian surfer Nat Young. Australia’s Josh Kerr will also miss the French stage of the championship. No reason has so far been given. Josh Kerr will be replaced by the Brazilian Jesse Mendes.
Another surprise absentee is last year’s winner, Keanu Asing. Despite his Quik Pro France win in 2016, for the time being he’s slipped out of the top 34.
It’s finally been confirmed that La Gravière in Hossegor will be the spot to host the competition. The banks have been holding up well again this year and with some decent swell there should be some epic beachbreak waves on show. La Gravière is a great spot for spectators as you get heavy surf conditions super close to the beach.
There’ll be a few Frenchies in the lineup to stoke the home crowd. Michel Bourez, currently placed 16th, will enter round 1 opposite Joel Parkinson and Jack Freestone. Jérémy Flores, currently 17th, will showdown against Gabriel Medina and Italian Leonardo Fioravanti, the 2013 ASP European junior champion who lives in Seignosse, so he knows these waves especially well. Joan Duru (18th) will be up against Brazilians MIguel Pupo and Filipe Toledo.
Beach hotels, surf camps, private villas and hostels, Hossegor has loads of cool places to stay for your trip to the Quik Pro.
Here’s a selection of our favourites, or see all accommodation in Hossegor.
From tbc € per night
Natureo Surf Camp offers surf camp accommodation packages and surfing holidays so you can discover the best surf spots in the area including Seignosse and Hossegor. Natureo Surf Camp isn’t just about surfing. You can learn to SUP in the waves, take yoga classes or take a ride along the beach on a fat bike.Find out more | Go >
From 31 € per night
Come with friends, come to make friends or come as a couple. Individual and shared bedrooms. Each bed is huge and comfy, equipped with a USB port, a bedside lamp and bedsheets. All bedrooms have access to the Happy House: a living room and kitchen space dedicated for guests sleeping on the spot. Breakfast from 4 €.Check availability | Go >
From 125 € per night
Hotel 202 is a plush super modern hotel right in the centre of Hossegor. You can expect a warm welcome from the hosts. Nice big rooms with nice big beds and good powerful shower. The breakfast spread is top rated and will set you up for a day of spectating or surfing, or both. There’s a pool and free on-site parking.Check availability | Go >
Carissa Moore scores a 9.0. Tyler Wright shrugs off injury. Sally Fitzgibbons, Courtney Conlogue and Stephanie Gilmore rip into Round 3 in La Gravière at the 2017 Roxy Pro France.
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