Top international contenders from the Championship Tour (CT), Qualifying Series (QS), Junior Tour (JT) and Longboard Tour (LT) will soon flock to the Old Continent for the 2015 European summer leg.
The leg officially kicks off August 14 with the YNTHT SURF DE NUIT pres. by SOWEST COLA, 12 surfers will put their aerial skills on display for a competitive night-surf in Anglet. Live music sessions will warm up the scene before the sun sets, followed by a DJ set and the airshow, beginning at 9 p.m. A wildcard slot into the QS Pro Anglet is also up for grabs.
Also on August 14, the fourth stop on the European Junior tour, the Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior, will reignite the exciting battles for the coveted Under-21 regional title. With just one last event after Lacanau, the pressure's on for the Juniors to perform and earn their qualification ticket for the World Junior final.
On August 18, the men's QS 3,000 Soöruz Lacanau Pro, the first of six consecutive QS events across France, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. One of the oldest events on tour, the Lacanau stop will once again bring fans from all over France's South West and beyond for a piece of the classic surf and music along the main beach.
When the dust settles in Gironde, the QS caravan will move further South to the Pro Anglet, a fresh new addition to the 2015 schedule where both men and women will compete at the iconic Chambre d'Amour.
Moving into September, surfers will hit the magnificent coastline road in Northern Spain heading towards Galicia and the traditional Pantin Classic Galicia Pro. The last women's QS 6,000 event worldwide, Pantin will make or break the dreams of surfers vying for a spot on next year's elite Tour CT. It will also finish with the crowning of the 2015 European women's champion.
From the Western tip of Spain, a quick hop by plane will bring some of the best European and international surfers to the first WSL event in Morocco, the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca pres. by the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation at Anfaplace. This exciting new stop will bring professional surfing to Northern Africa and unveil the potential for both waves and the local talents of Morocco. It also means the European champion will be crowned in Casablanca.
Deemed Champions Week, the following few days will see the Teguise 2015 Franito Pro Junior and the Longboard Pro Vieux Boucau crown the European Junior champion and European Longboard champion, respectively. While the Canaries will serve up a long, hollow lefthand pointbreak as the scene to highlight Europe's best up-and-comers, clean powerful A-frames in South West France will be a perfect canvas to display both traditional and progressive longboard skills.
From one Atlantic archipelago to another, the QS will then move to dreamy Azores for the QS 10,000 SATA Azores Pro, where Top 100 competitors, including elite CT athletes ,will do battle at the volcanic beach of Santa Barbara.
The last QS event in Europe for 2015 will convey the same draw to Portugal's Cascais for another QS 10,000 to be held between the two beaches of Carcavelos and Guincho September 28-October 4.
In October, while most QS campaigners will take their act to Japan, the US and Brazil, Europe will host the men's and women's CT stops at Hossegor and Peniche in the culmination of a three-month build-up.