France, 1965: Joël De Rosnay (left) meets Rod Sumpter and Wheels Williams

The French Surfing Federation is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In 1964, Guy Petit, the mayor of the coastal town of Biarritz, founded the Fédération Française de Surf in a local tourist office. It is probably one of the oldest national governing bodies for the sport of surfing in the world.

One year later, the first ever French Surfing Championships get underway at Anglet. European surfing would never be the same without the French contribution.


Vasco Ribeiro: three national surfing titles at 19 | Photo: Pedro Lopes/Moche

Vasco Ribeiro and Teresa Bonvalot are the 2014 Portuguese national surfing champions.

The fifth and last event of Liga Moche concluded with the Montepio Cascais Pro, held in perfect clean six-foot wave faces.

Vasco Ribeiro, 19, had to secure a spot in the final to claim his third national title. And that was exactly what happened.


Gabe Kling: veterans know the feeling | Photo: ASP

Gabe Kling has conquered the Pacifico Belmar Pro 2014, in San Clemente, California.

The American veteran defeated young gun Kanoa Igarashi with a decisive left-hander punctuated by several consistent turns, in one-to-three foot wave conditions.

"I'm so stoked to get the win. That's for sure why I came here, but it's never easy to do. We both started with fives and then I was lucky to get my best score under Kanoa's priority. It was a little left runner, and I was stoked to get a couple of stronger turns off," explains Kling.