Anglet, France (Wednesday, September 16, 2020) - As pro surfing continues its triumphant return globally with The WSL Countdown, the land of croissants, wine and cheese readies for its own share of exciting action in the lineup. We're only a week away from the start of the French Rendez-Vous of Surfing - Men's, Stop No.1 in the Euro Cup of Surfing that lands in Anglet, France from September 23-25.
24 surfers, 12 men and 12 women, will take it to the Chambre d'Amour fun beach breaks for a broadcast-only show that promises high-octane action for the first time in months on the French Atlantic coastline.
While forecasts are still a little hazy a week away from the first day of the event's waiting period, the North Atlantic has been quite generous with swells lately and the colder mornings have blown offshore winds on tap for some memorable sessions in the French Southwest.
Unfortunately fans will not be allowed on-site due to local COVID-19 restrictions but the video production will bring the audience right in to all the action.
A full media package will be produced and distributed to the press, action and lifestyle stills and videos will be available on demand and one-on-one interviews with athletes can be arranged through the regional media manager over skype.
Anglet: Epic Breaks and a Rich History of Surfing
The town of Anglet boasts some 4.5km of sandy patch making up 11 different beaches and an incredible variety of peaks along the stretch. The numerous breakwalls help shape sand banks and shelter from the wind to produce beautiful waves for all skill levels.
Surfing has always had a home in Anglet, from its inception in the 60s, the first international visitors and filming crews, the huge events of the 80s and 90s and the legacy continues with the Pro Anglet QS event every summer. The Anglet Surf Avenue is also a big hit with surfers and tourists as the walk of fame displays footprints of some of the legends of our sport: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Kai Lenny, Nat Young among others and more will be added next week!
A-List Field: More Surfers Confirmed
World No.6 Kanoa Igarashi, future Olympians and multiple CT-event winners Michel Bourez and Johanne Defay, Anglet ambassador and long-time CT competitor Pauline Ado, up-and-rising Tahitian star Vahine Fierro are just a few of the top surfers entering this specialty event, and there may be a big surprise in store!
Two wildcards for the French Rendez-Vous of Surfing - Men's have also been handed to junior talents Kauli Vaast and Juliette Lacome as they continue to hone their skills among those they wish to follow in the footsteps.
Pro Anglet Webseries: Episodes 1 & 2 are Live
As we continue to anxiously wait for an actual LIVE event to happen in Anglet, the Pro Anglet docu-series continues to air on worldsurfleague.com. The first and second episodes are live, focusing on the event and the crowds. The third episode drops today at 3pm (PT) and will cover the exciting Surf de Nuit (night surfing) event. Watch them now!
The French Rendez-Vous of Surfing is supported by the City Council of Anglet, the Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Jeep, Red Bull, Hydro Flask, Oakley, L'Equipe, and Virgin Radio.
All events and dates subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including regional travel restrictions.