- WSL / Damien Poullenot
- WSL / Damien Poullenot

The uber-cute little town of Zarautz will play host to a QS1,500 in April, bringing the best of European surfing back to the Basque Country for the occasion.

crowd Zarautz Pro 2016 Basque people love their surfing, and came out to prove it. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

If you're not familiar with the area, picture San Sebastian - Donostia as the locals call it - but a tad smaller. A similar half-moon shaped central bay, awesome narrow paved streets with tapas-bars everywhere, and great surf.

Zarautz fired on finals day last year
Waves pump on finals day in Zarautz and Jonathan Gonzalez & Pauline Ado emerge victorious.

There's a rich tradition of professional surfing events in Zarautz too, World Champion Gabriel Medina won a (then) ASP 6-Star qualifying event in 2011 and long time CT campaigner Aritz Aranburu emerged from this very stretch of Basque sand.

Now despite the limited 1,500 ranking points on offer, the Pro Zarautz will be an important event for surfers from the Old Continent as they continue their bid towards the prestigious European title, and try to amass more QS points in the first half of the season.

Aritz Aranburu (ESP) Zarautz Pro 2016 The kind of ability Aritz matured over the years in Zarautz. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

Last year's winners Jonathan Gonzalez later clinched his maiden regional crown, and Pauline Ado successfully re-claimed a spot on the Championship Tour, proving that performances on smaller-scale events can go a long way.

Who will follow in these two's footsteps and take top honors in Zarautz this year ? Find out right here, from April 19-23 !

Pauline Ado (FRA), Zarautz 2016 Zarautz often pumps this kind of delicacies. - WSL / Damien Poullenot
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