Location, Location, Location
We’re out of the chlorine and into the salt water and it feels really, really good. Especially because that salt water is pounding on the white sand of Southwest France. Bonjur Basque Country! Hello, Hossegor! The iconic surf town is quintessentially French, with infinite baked goods, cobbled streets and the feeling that wine before 3pm is perfectly normal. And the surf? It’s incredible, if a little moody. La Graviere’s massive tide swings and Houdini-like sand bars can take the waves from pumping to pitiful in a matter of minutes. It’s all part of the fun. Expect to see big airs, sporadic barrels and heat totals ranging from 2 to 20.
The 2019 Quiksilver Pro France runs from October 3 - 13. Tune in to worldsurfleague.com to cheer on the Monster team!
Filipe Toledo: He’s tough to beat in beach breaks (see: Brazil) and with a lot to lose, we expect him to win.
Conner Coffin: He’s been consistently underscored this year, so don’t be surprised if he takes his frustration out on the waves.
Griffin Colapinto: If the French women don’t become a distraction, he’ll probably dominate.
Seth Moniz: Shh. You hear that? That’s Seth knocking on the door of the Top 10. Just let yourself in, Seth!
Owen Wright: He’s been so, so clutch in the last couple of events. We hope he can keep that momentum up.
Yago Dora: With finals finish at the Freshwater Pro, he’s now above the cut off line and like Fleetwood Mac, he’s never going back again.
Frederico Morais: The perineal injury replacement slot goes to Freddy again! One man’s injury is another’s opportunity.
Do you pronounce the second r in “La Graviere”? If you’re good, you can just baaaarely hear it.
How’s the forecast? You always ask that. Anyway, it looks small at the start, but with good conditions. Then getting bigger, with questionable conditions. Flip the coin!
We’re in Europe. That means the world title fight is getting real. Who’s winning? Currently, Monster’s Filipe Toledo is just a couple hundred points behind Gabriel Medina. If he can beat Gabby in France, he’ll take the lead.