With his performances this year on the Qualifying Series, Jorgann Couzinet will receive a wildcard into the upcoming Quiksilver Pro France as the highest French surfer on the QS. He will join compatriots Jeremy Flores, Joan Duru and Michel Bourez and strengthen the Blue, White and Red crew.
"I've been watching this event basically since I started surfing," he said. "It's always been my dream to surf in this event and get barreled! I'm on the beach every year or watching online, and I actually have goose bumps just thinking I'm going to be in the event."
This couldn't come at a better time for the Reunion Island surfer who is on the verge of qualifying for the elite Championship Tour for the first time. Sitting in 7th position on the QS before the QS10,000 EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira this week in Portugal, Couzinet has a shot at finishing in the qualifying Top 10 by the end of the season.
Eliminated in Round Four in Ericeira, the powerful regular foot failed to seal the deal in Portugal but will have a strong shot in Hawaii in the remaining two major events of the season.
"Unfortunately I'll have to put the Champagne on ice for now," he continued. "I would have loved to make a couple more heats here in Portugal and make it official but I'll fight my way into it in Hawaii. I just had my first heat against Medina here and I was a little bit nervous, but I can't wait to have more opportunities to surf against those guys, the World Champs and in general the best surfers in the world."
Couzinet will join the long list of French surfers outside of the Top 34 who were invited to perform in front of home crowds at the Quiksilver Pro France. Marc Lacomare got a wildcard from his long time sponsor Quiksilver in 2017 and made the most of it, reaching the Quarterfinals as a giant killer who eliminated Julian Wilson in Round Two and Jordy Smith in Round Three.
"Marc's run last year was truly inspiring," he added. "I virtually have no experience competing in Hossegor, but I know the waves and the changing conditions really well so I'm hoping this experience can balance that."
Back in 2009, local pro Patrick Beven reached the Semifinals as a wildcard, which is to this day the furthest a French surfer has progressed at the Quiksilver Pro France.
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