Wednesday, September 22, 2004 (ASP Int’l) The world’s surfing elite gather in France at the end of September for the Quiksilver Pro France 2004. The top 45 surfers on the planet led by the likes of Kelly Slater & Andy Irons will dispute the sole World Championship Tour (WCT) event held in France between the 24th of September and the 3rd of October.
With $260,000 up for grabs, the Quiksilver Pro France will set up possible contest sites over an exceptionally large geographical area. From Saint Jean de Luz in the south of the Basque country to Seignosse up in the Landes region, passing by two of Europe’s most famous surf spots Capbreton & Hossegor. The contest site covers 70km of coastline in two departments of France. In order to allow the contest organizers the greatest freedom of choice in contest site and wave conditions, each of these 4 sites can be integrated instantaneously into the contest logistics and each site will be ready to use at a moments notice.
Two fixed contest sites
Two main contest sites have been set up by the coastlines specialist, local Charley Puyo (contest co-director with rod Brooks) early this week. This is how La Nord in Hossegor and les Estagnots in Seignosse became the fixed location and should host most of the contests’ heats. The mobile site remains alive and well to catch the better sessions on other quality sandbanks.
2 European surfers will be getting wildcards to enter the Quiksilver Pro France.
The qualifying will be taking place Thursday, September 23rd (providing appropriate conditions) and will comprise the likes of: Jérémy Florès (Fra), Alain Riou (Fra), Tim Boal (Fra), Miky Picon (Fra), Frédéric Robin (Fra), Jonathan Gonzalez (Esp), Tiago Pires (Por) and Dane Reynolds (USA), who recently beat two-time world champ Andy Irons in an early heat in Trestles, CA.
Irons still leads in the WCT ratings with 6036 points, CJ Hobgood has 5376, Kelly has 5316 and young Daddy Joel Parkinson has 5208. The French leg should prove determining and should allow the leaders to break away from the pack.
The Quiksilver Pro France will also see the Biarritz boy with Brazilian roots and the first French WCT contender. Without a doubt, he’ll be giving it all in the only French stop of the tour.
Follow the contest live on the web with multilingual webcast.
The Quiksilver Pro France will have no less than 5 languages for its live internet webcast including English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese.