Kelly Slater: riding the beach breaks of the Landes

Vive la France. The 34 best surfers in the world will take part in the upcoming Quiksilver Pro France. Who will taste the fresh croissant?

It's time for separating the world title contenders from the remaining group of top surfers. The 2012 Quiksilver Pro France a unique opportunity to see the male elite of surfing at work in some of the best beach breaks in Europer: Seignosse, Hossegor, Capbreton and St Jean de Luz.

A generation separates Kelly Slater, aged 40, and Gabriel Medina, 18 years. The first is 11-times world champion, a record, the second is the reigning champion of the Quiksilver Pro France.

When Kelly Slater won his first World Champion title in 1992, Gabriel Medina was not even born. Slater versus Medina is one of the most stand-out moments of the Tour.

Last year, Gabriel defeated Kelly in France. However his revenge came this year in Fiji, where the King beat the 2011 revelation.

Alongside these two outstanding athletes, all the stars from the ASP elite will be present at the Quiksilver Pro France. It is one of the most events crucial in the race for the title of world surfing champion, with only three stages remaining until the end of the 2012 ASP World Tour.