With its huge stretch of west-facing Atlantic beach, France has long been known as one of the great surfing nations. Each year the WSL Quiksilver Pro France welcomes the elite of the surfing world to the Aquitaine coast. From Hawaii’s John John Florence to Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and the legendary Kelly Slater to 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 for example, 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 in between Les Culs Nus and 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.