- WSL / Damien Poullenot

In less than 12 hours the French Rendez-Vous of Surfing will kick off in Anglet, France. Europe's best talent, plus World Champion Italo Ferreira and Japan's Kanoa Igarashi, will compete in what is the first of two stops of the 2020 WSL Euro Cup of Surfing.

With fun beachbreaks and sunny skies predicted, all the action take place in a one day of heated competition. Here's who to watch and what we can expect as competing surfing returns to the Europe:

How To Watch
The French Rendez-Vous of Surfing will be webcast LIVE on worldsurfleague.com, the WSL app and Facebook page as well as lequipe.fr and Fuel TV.

HOSSEGOR, FRANCE - OCTOBER 11: Italo Ferreira of Brazil finishes runner-up in the 2019 Quiksilver Pro France after placing second in the final at Le Graviere on October 11, 2019 in Hossegor, France.  (Photo by Damien Poullenot/WSL via Getty Images) After a win at Onda do Bem in Brazil, now World Champ Italo Ferreira's headed to France for the Euro Cup of Surfing. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

The World Champ Straps In
Italo Ferreira will wear the Jeep Leader's Jersey in the French Rendez-Vous of Surfing. The highest ranked surfer on the planet, the World Champ is coming off of an electric performance at last week's Onda do Bem, he's clearly the man to beat at the moment. He's also been dropping a series of web clips at home in Brazil during lockdown and from a recent trip to the Maldives, proving he had lost none, and gained plenty, of his edge.

The Anglet beachbreaks perfectly match Italo's explosive surfing and Europe has always been a happy hunting ground. Bottom line, if you want to win the first stop of the Euro Cup of Surfing, you'll need to beat the current World Champ.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 18: Italo Ferreira celebrating his win in the Pro Men's Heat on September 18, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Aleko Stergiou/World Surf League via Getty Images) In his return to competition in 2020, World Champ Italo Ferreira put everyone on notice with a commanding win at Onda De Bem in Brazil. - WSL / Aleko Stergiou

The Tahitians Are Coming
The Tahitian contingent, spearheaded by the veteran Michel Bourez, and supplemented by the youthful promise of Kauli Vaast and Vahine Fierro, will be a force to be reckoned with at the French Rendez-Vous.

After dealing with a prolonged locked down, the trio has enjoyed the last two months of epic swells at home in Tahiti. Collectively, they've all been scoring bombs at Teahupo'o and are a massive support for one another.

And while Tahitian perfection might not be the best preparation for heated European beachbreak competition at Anglet, all three know these waves inside out. Vaast is a two-time European Junior Champion, Fierro is a World Junior Champion and Bourez has been enjoying the French surf scene his whole career. They'll be determined, fit, focused and there for each other. It's a dangerous combination.

Vahine Fierro (SURFER) Teahupo'o 2020 Teahupo'o star Vahine Fierro will be taking her act to the French beachbreaks. - Ryan Craig

Local Heroes
French hero, defending Quik Pro France Champion and Pipe Master Jeremy Flores has been forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury. But there are plenty of locals in the draw who will be dangerous due to their knowledge of the break.

CT veteran Pauline Ado was born and raised in Anglet, also known as Little California, and no other athlete knows the intricacies of the shifting sands of the event site like the graceful natural footer.

Ramzi Boukhiam has also lived in Anglet since his family moved from Morocco when he was a teenager. The powerful, 6'1" goofy-footer bagged a QS5,000 win in Brazil early in the year and has been hammering the local banks for the last three months. After 10 years on the QS, he'll have no fear of the CT surfers in the field.

Ramzi Boukhiam - Oi Hang Loose Pro Contest With a victory at the Oi Hang Loose Pro, Ramzi Boukhiam owns one of the only contest wins of the abbreviated 2020 season. - WSL / Daniel Smorigo

CT Stars
Local stars and in sync Tahitians are no doubt dangerous, but it is always to the elite CT stars that we have to look to as favorites over the two legs of the Euro Cup of Surfing. We've already outlined the threat of a certain World Champion, but you can expect Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti and Frederico Morais to be the surfers pushing the Brazilian the hardest in the Men's division.

Igarashi has already tasted high-level competition at the Rumble at the Ranch and has his European beachbreak act is dialed in thanks to his home base in Portugal.

Introducing The 2020 WSL French Rendez-Vous of Surfing
The world-famous Chambre d'Amour in Anglet welcomes Europe's elite for Stop No. 1 in the Euro Cup of Surfing.

Morais and Fioravanti share coach Richard "Dog" Marsh, who has lived in Anglet for over a decade, and he should add some local knowledge to their game. Italo will be wearing the Jeep Leader Jersey as top seed, but he'll know it is these one of this trio that have the chance of taking it from him.

Women's top seed Johanne Defay is the only CT surfer in the field and will be a hands down favorite. She knows the Anglet beachbreaks well and the World No. 8 and is itching for a competitive return.

Complete List Of Confirmed Surfers:

Italo Ferreira
Kanoa Igarashi
Michel Bourez
Leonardo Fioravanti
Frederico Morais
Joan Duru
Gatien Delahaye
Vasco Ribeiro
Ramzi Boukhiam
Maxime Huscenot
Andy Criere
Kauli Vaast

CT Stars
Johanne Defay
Pauline Ado
Vahine Fierro
Maud Le Car
Yolanda Hopkins
Tessa Thyssen
Cannelle Bulard
Teresa Bonvalot
Nadie Erostarbe
Anat Lelior
Rachel Presti
Juliette Lacome

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