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France Essentials

With the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France hitting the shores of Hossegor from October 3 - 13, Julian Wilson and Courtney Conlogue will be looking to defend their event wins from last year.

However, Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore are entering the event wearing the Jeep Yellow Jersey and with multiple France wins under their belts, they are threats Wilson and Conlogue will need to overcome.

And then of course there is Kelly Slater. Although Kelly hasn't won the event since 2012 and currently sits 10th on the Jeep Leaderboard, he has a strong track record at Hossegor. If the barrels are deep and hollow, the GOAT could be dangerous in France.

Kelly Slater (USA) finally the Quiksilver Pro France Champion.   ASP / Cestari Kelly Slater being showered by Dane Reynolds and a young John John Florence in 2012. WSL / Kelly Cestari

The town of Hossegor sits on the South West of France on the Atlantic coast and is known for its cafes, breezy seafront plazas and hollow, board-breaking barrels. La Graviere, the contest's main event location, is considered one of Europe's premiere breach breaks.

Line Up during day 6 of the  Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France 2018 Some French perfection at Hossegor. WSL / Damien Poullenot

This 225-km stretch of golden sand beach stretches from the mouth of the Gironde in the north to Anglet in the south. Although summertime produces more gentile and accessible waves for anyone to enjoy, Autumn is when the smoking-hot barrels turn on.

When solid Westerly swells charge in towards Hossegor, La Graviere produces heavy, hollow barrels up to 12-feet that can punish even the most seasoned tube hunter.

Julian Wilson (AUS) advances to the Semifinals of the 2018 Quiksilver Pro France after winning Quarterfinal Heat 3 in Hossegor, France. Although France is known for heavy barrels, Julian Wilson still finds time to take to the air. WSL / Laurent Masurel

The heavy waves that pound the shore of Hossegor are thanks in part to a deep underwater canyon that funnels swell towards the coast - similar to spots likes Nazarรฉ and Puerto Escondido.

The men have been competing at the Pro France since 1987 and the women since 1992. The Australians have dominated the comps with 13 accumulative wins for the the men and 17 for the women.

Courtney Conlogue (USA) during Round 3 of Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France 2018 Courtney Conlogue in the zone on a cold morning in Hossegor. WSL / Damien Poullenot

Retired Championship Tour legend Mick Fanning is the undisputed King of France with four event wins (2013, 2010, 2008, 2007) followed by three ties -- Gabriel Medina (2017, 2015, 2011) Andy Irons (2005, 2004 2003) and the GOAT, Kelly Slater (2012, 1996, 2003).

On the women's side, there are three Queens tied - Stephanie Gilmore (2012, 2011, 2008) Chelsea Georgeson (2006, 2005, 2003) and the great Layne Beachley (2002, 2000, 1995).

Watch the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France live on worldsurfleague.com and the WSL App, October 3 - 13.

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