Days of thunder in the French beach breaks

September 23, 2014 | Surfing
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.

Both surfers have tasted victory in Hossegor. Nevertheless, the game is not over for Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Michel Bourez. The North Atlantic swells and the glassy barrels of France may easily change the status quo of the overall standings.

Sally Fitzgibbons has finished runner-up in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 ASP World Tour seasons. With three events to go, the young Australian leads the rankings and will try to defend her 2013 victory in the French sandbars.

"The say the ASP World Title race is a 'marathon' and not a 'sprint' and that's definitely proving the case this season. I'm in a good position, but I'd love to put a few more wins on the board before the year is finished. I had a good run here in France last year, and I'm looking to repeat this season," explains Fitzgibbons.

It's all at stake. The Quiksilver Pro France 2014 will be surfed between 25th September and 6th October, at Landes. The Roxy Pro France 2014 runs between 23rd-29th September, at Les Estagnots.

Quiksilver Pro France 2014 | Round 1

Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Michel Bourez (PYF), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA)
Mick Fanning (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Kelly Slater (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Matt Banting (AUS)
Gabriel Medina (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
John John Florence (HAW), Julian Wilson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Nat Young (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Jordy Smith (ZAF), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Owen Wright (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)

Roxy Pro France 2014 | Round 1

Malia Manuel (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Sally Fitzgibbons (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Lee-Ann Curren (FRA)
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Lakey Peterson (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

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