Location, Location, Location
There’s a place in France where the suited surfers dance; there’s a hole in the web where the fans can watch them shred. Sorry, that was bad. We just love this time of year! This place on earth! World-title races! Fall! France! The first event of the European leg kicks off this week in the seductive beaches of Landes. What to expect? Beachbreaks and barrels. Moody weather, waves and waiters. Oui, oui, welcome to Europe, mon cheri. You feeling it? We’re feeling it.
The Quiksilver Pro France waiting period runs from October 7 – 18. France is nine hours ahead of California. Wake up early. Stay up late. Choose your own adventure and watch the Monster team at worldsurfleague.com.
Filipe Toledo: Guess he’s got his swagger back. Filipe won the last event in California and comes to Europe surfing at light speed toward that the yellow jersey.
Owen Wright: After a disappointing finish at Trestles, expect Owen to make things Wright in Southwest France.
Conner Coffin: The beachies of France are not dissimilar to those he surfs near his home in Santa Barbara. Our prediction? A breakout result in Europe. You can quote us on that.
Frederico Morais: Where does this guy not shine? Seriously, we’re asking. Freddy has quickly proven himself as one of the most consistent guys on tour, and France should be no different
Miguel Pupo: It hasn’t been Miggy’s best year, but this is also the time when he starts making his moves toward requalification. If history repeats himself, MP will be just fine at year’s end.
1. The forecast — tell me. Bit of a mixed bag, but that just means our boys will have to pull out their mixed bag of tricks, which just happens to be overflowing.
2. And the world title race? Our ponies are Owen Wright and Filipe Toledo, who are both within striking distance. Tyler Wright sits in second but…
3. Wait, what happened to Tyler Wright? Sigh…she tore her MCL during a freesurf in Portugal. But plot twist: she’s here and competing! Be sure that as long as she will physically be able to defend her title, she will take every wave needed…