2017 European leg of the Qualifying Series hits UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 July, 2017 - The World Surf League is proud to unveil its 2017 European leg of the Qualifying Series, taking some of the most talented surfers on the planet across six destinations between August and October.
Once the regional Junior series wraps up mid-July, the focus will switch towards the all-exciting Qualifying Series, a seven-event leg across mainland Europe, the Azores and Morocco.
Surfers will first hit a classic British beachbreak for the Boardmasters, Quiksilver and Roxy Open held at Fistral, the U.K’s surfing capital. The Boardmasters have a long history of hosting WSL events, and return this summer with a QS and a longboard division from August 9-13. The music festival held at nearby Watergate Bay and the numerous skate & bmx activations at Fistral make it an incredibly fun week for athletes and fans alike.
From there, surfers will head South across the channel and into France’s southwest for another legendary event, the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro from August 15-20. Formerly a World Tour event in the 80s and 90s, every legend of the sport has competed and won in Lacanau, from Wayne Bartholomew (winner in 1980), to Tom Curren (86), Kelly Slater (94) or more recently Jordy Smith (07) and Gabriel Medina (11).
The Pro Anglet is next in line, inviting surfers to spend a second week in southwest France to enjoy the quality beach breaks of La Chambre d’Amour from August 22-26. Anglet also plays host to the all-exciting Surf de Nuit on August 18, a night surf specialty event, innovating in 2017 with a new format where branded teams will battle it out on LED-lit boards.
The pressure will gradually build when surfers cross the border to Spain for the Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, the first major event of the leg with 6,000 points on offer for both men and women. The 30th anniversary of the Galician meet promises another epic edition with plenty of side activations to keep everyone entertained.
The next destination is often referred to as Europe’s little Hawaii, as surfers hop across half of the Atlantic to land in exotic Sao Miguel, for the Azores Airlines Pro. There again 6,000 ranking points are up for grabs for the men only this time, whereas warm crystal-blue waters are on everyone’s menu.
From there, a little detour via the African continent has surfers move to the Anfaplace Pro Casablanca, for the third time competing in Morocco. This event marks the end of both the European and African regional title races, and will crown its champions once again.
The final event of the leg is also the most important, as surfers fight for an incredible 10,000 points pool at the Cascais Billabong Pro from September 26 - October 5. With two event sites covering the south-exposed coast of Carcavelos as well as the very consistent Guincho further west, this event usually receives plenty of swell for some of the World’s best surfers. It also runs in conjunction with the women’s Championship Tour Stop No. 8, the Cascais Women’s Pro.
When the Qualifying Series leg wraps up in Cascais, the focus will switch to the elite tours with two more events on the old continent, the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France from October 7-18 and the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 20-31.
The European Qualifying Series will unfold from August 9 - October 5, 2017 in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.