Gabriel Medina: an aerial in beach break mode | Photo: Quiksilver/Rabejac

The world's best male and female surfers have touched down in the beach breaks of Southwest France. The Quiksilver Pro France 2014 and Roxy Pro France 2014 have ordered heavy barrels and surprising buzzer-beater decisions. Are you ready?

Mick Fanning has won the Quiksilver Pro France four times. He's the Hossegor master, the surfer who better adapts to shifting wave peaks and pounding beach breaks. Stephanie Gilmore and friends will be competing at Les Estagnots.

On the Men's side, the world title race is still heating up. Gabriel Medina has won three events in 2014, but he hasn't been as regular as Kelly Slater, who has not yet won a single contest, but collects three third places.

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Tim Bisso: a French star in the making | Photo: Eurosurf Junior 2014

Tim Bisso led France to victory in the Eurosurf Junior 2014, held at Praia de Santa Barbara, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

Sunny skies and one-meter waves greeted surfers from 15 countries. The event run by the European Surfing Federation (ESF), the governing body for surfing in the Old Continent, crowned champions in eight divisions.

The Under 18 Surfing final had two French surfers, a German rider, and an Irish competitor. Bisso and Nelson Cloarec stole the top positions and helped consolidating their country's advantage.

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Surfing: there's always something to learn in the whitewater | Photo: João Henrique Landolt/SurferToday.com

Balance is everything. So is preparation. The whitewater is the safe space where you learn to find your natural balance on the surfboard, and all of your initial shakiness gets whipped into submission.

It always pays to approach the big things in life with as much preparation as you can, and to keep yourself centered as you go.

There is always an aftermath. If you're lucky you'll coast smoothly into it, but just as often there will be wipeouts. All those waves - those moments of smooth, pure energy - have to decay into something.

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