Biarritz: the birth of French surfing | Photo: Pierre/Creative Commons

The city of Biarritz will organize the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games.

The last time Biarritz hosted the World Surfing Games was 37 years ago, in 1980. Back then, the birth of French surfing saw Tom Curren claiming the gold medal in the Junior division.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) notes that the global event returns to Europe since 2008 when Costa da Caparica, in Portugal, welcomed some of the world's best surfers.

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Deivid Silva: destroying a left-hand wave at Casablanca | Photo: WSL

Deivid Silva has taken out the 2016 Quiksilver Pro Casablanca, in Morocco. Pauline Ado won the Roxy Pro Casablanca and claimed her fifth European title.

The Moroccan surf spot of Anfaplace Shopping Center has once again proved to be the perfect venue for a Qualifying Series (QS) event. This year, the final had rippable three-to-five-foot waves.

In the Men's ultimate showdown, Deivid Silva smashed French powerhouse Nelson Cloarec. The Brazilian charger rode nine waves and got a two-wave total of 18.46 points. Cloarec didn't find his rhythm and found himself in combination situation until the end of the heat.

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Kay Lenny: he rode a 5'6'' foil surfboard in open ocean swells | Photo: Kai Lenny

Kai Lenny opened a new chapter in the history of surfing. He rode a 5'6'' foil surfboard in open ocean swells for several miles, off the coast of Maui, in Hawaii.

Forget long flat spells, and unsurfable wind swells. Thanks to Kai Lenny's ongoing technological adventures, it will be possible to ride a surfboard in places where we thought there were no surfing opportunities.

What if the entire coastline next to you became a surf spot? What if you could ride small wind swells 150 feet (45 meters) off the shore?

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