This autumn, for the 17th consecutive year, France will welcome the world’s best surfers to the legendary beachbreaks of the Landes region for the sole French leg of the World Surf League’s Championship Tour – the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France. Held from the 3rd to the 14th of October in the iconic surf towns of Seignosse, Hossegor and Capbreton, the Quik Pro is the 9th stage of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT).
It’s a crucial stage of the tour, a true highlight of the season, and a favourite for fans and pros alike. The long, stunning coastline of south Landes, France provides the global shortboard elite with a surfing playground par excellence. With some 230km of sandbanks groomed to perfection each summer in anticipation of autumn’s steady supply of quality Atlantic swells, it’s a destination on every surfers bucket list – pro and punter alike. Landes is as challenging in its way as any other stop on the tour. When the surf is pumping, the waves Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France 2018. For the surfers, it’s a welcome opportunity to sample both France’s rich culture and pumping barrels, while for the tens of thousands of spectators who flock the beaches during the event, it’s a chance to see the world’s surfing elite do their thing at the epicentre of European high performance surfing. With October being prime time for big swells, the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France promises to provide perfect barrels for the incoming surf royalty of the elite tour.
The holding period for Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, Stop No. 9 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), will open on Wednesday, October 3 and run through Sunday, October 14, 2018.
The stunning coastline of Landes, France will play host to the penultimate stop of the 2018 Women’s CT season as two surfers remain in contention for the World Title: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Lakey Peterson (USA).
The World Title scenarios going into the Roxy Pro France are as follows:
– Gilmore is the only surfer who can clinch the title in France
– If Gilmore wins the event, she takes the title
– If Peterson wins the event the title goes to Maui
– If Gilmore finishes 2nd (runner-up) and Peterson finishes 3rd or below, Gilmore wins the title
– If Gilmore finished 3rd (Semifinalist) and Peterson finishes 5th or below, Gilmore below the title. If Peterson finishes 3rd or better the title goes to Maui for a potential surf off
– If Gilmore finishes 5th or below, the title goes to Maui
Two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) will not be competing due to an ongoing illness and will be replaced by Pauline Ado (FRA). Silvana Lima (BRA) has withdrawn to have knee surgery and will be replaced by Macy Callaghan (AUS). Vahine Fierro (PYF), reigning World Junior Champion, has been awarded the Roxy event wildcard.
This year, the event will also feature the Red Bull Airborne, an aerial specialty event featuring 18 of the most innovative surfers in the air, both on and off the Championship Tour. Two wildcards selected via online submissions will join the star-studded field, which includes Albee Layer (HAW), Chippa Wilson (AUS), Mikey Wright (AUS), Matt Meola (HAW), Yago Dora (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and more.
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France and the Red Bull Airborne will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL’s Facebook page, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
Local fans will be able to follow the event LIVE on a big screen on the Central square in Hossegor and enjoy movie screenings and music acts in various places during the event’s waiting period.
Roxy Pro France Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), Vahine Fierro (PYF)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Keely Andrew (AUS)
More available at WorldSurfLeague.com.
New for this year, the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France VIP experience. This is your chance to experience the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France in style. From the best seat in the house, you can witness the highest level of competition whilst enjoying complimentary food and drink, within close proximity to the athlete lounge and presentation podium. The competition will be streamed live around the hospitality area, so you don’t miss out on the action. Plus you will receive a welcome pack from sponsors Quiksilver and Roxy.
Next-gen social platform Vero is partnering with World Surf League at this year’s Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France. The activity will be focused around the prestigious World Surf League (WSL) event, the collaboration will see Vero create a space within the event’s Fanzone for people to relax, meet other fans and connect over their love of surfing. The Vero Social Lounge will be a dedicated beach side area where Vero users can relax and enjoy the competition right in front of the big screen throughout the weekend and enjoy free Wi-Fi. Daily VIP ticket experiences and upgrades will also be up for grabs at the lounge courtesy of the social network. Built to enable users to interact more authentically online, Vero is also committed to driving positive change in the real world. Turning the tide on plastics, Vero will be collaborating with PURE, the WSL’s sustainability initiative; and headline sponsors Quiksilver & Roxy to deliver a major beach clean to take place during the event on Sunday 7th October. Volunteers will be invited to head down to Lou Cabana bar at 9am and join forces with Vero to do their bit to protect our coastlines and oceans.
For fans following the competition globally, Vero will partner with Quiksilver to bring them closer to the action with the Vero Future Films series. Each day Vero will document the stories of Quiksilver Young Guns Jackson Bunch and Noa Dupouy, two up-and-coming surfers, from their journey to the event through to their sunset on the final day of competition.
Vero is a platform designed with athletes, fans and creators in mind. With no ads, no algorithms and no data mining Vero focuses on real people by building credible presence within those communities from BMX to cosplay and film and fashion to surfing.
“Vero offers our users the chance to come together as real communities. We are proud to be partnering with World Surf League to create an authentic space for fans to connect over their shared passions of surfing and protecting our oceans. We look forward to welcoming fans into the social corner at Hossegor this October and helping our users worldwide follow the competition via Vero,” says John Beasley, Chief Marketing Officer, Vero.
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