|A fresh new addition to the 2019 European Junior QS, the Quiksilver and Roxy Junior Pro 40 will soon welcome the region’s best under-18 surfers to compete at Stop No. 4 of this season’s series, from July 17-21, 2019.
Surfers will be back competing at an iconic location on the French southwest coast, the Santocha in Capbreton. Some of the best surfers in the world have surfed here in various junior events over the years, including the likes of John John Florence (HAW), Taj Burrow (AUS) or Gabriel Medina (BRA). But more importantly it’s the spot that revealed Jeremy Flores (FRA)’s talent to the world. “This is the event that first put me on the map,” the former event winner said. “It’s a legendary contest, all the best kids in the world have surfed here.”
This world-famous beach break with its iconic war-built blockhouses in the sand can pump massive barrels on a big winter swell but usually morphs into a super fun playground in summer. Surfers will find punchy little A-frames and the occasional right peeler off the break wall at low tide, a picture-perfect canvas for young professional surfers to showcase their skills.
“Junior events here have been some of the most prestigious in the world for years,” Miky Picon, head of Quiksilver’s Global Sports Marketing added. “All the best surfers have competed here. Waves are world class and they really allow athletes to show their full potential and surf repertoire.”
A unique new format will see each of the three cities of Capbreton, Hossegor and Seignosse host the event in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Strong supporters of professional surfing for decades, Capbreton, Hossegor and Seignosse not only host the world’s best athletes during the Championship Tour stop in October but they now pave the way for future generations of pro surfers with this junior event.