At the Quicksilver Pro, waiting for the opening
I am writing to you from the Ocean, in Hossegor, in a cosy cafe in front of what is waiting to be the Quicksilver Pro surfing competition, opening today and closing 8th October.
I love coming back here when the tourists leave and I love coming to sit on the beach and watch the surfers as they ride during this big event. This is competition 7 out of a total of 10 for the ASP’s (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. The Quicksilver Pro is based here in the South West of France, one of the events that I enjoy most on this world circuit (with Bells Beach in Australia). The waiting period started this morning but I think if lucky, we might get to see the athletes start round 1 on Saturday or Sunday.
I will try take some shots and post them here soon, there is always something interesting going on at these contests! In the meantime I have the preparations for you in pics above and a lovely totally unexpected shot I got of two nuns walking and getting the fresh air of the ocean, it was so beautiful to see, their white robes mixing with the froth of the foamy waves!
For those who follow this (from close or afar) the leader for the moment is an athletic Australian, Mick Fanning (whom I met when working for Rip Curl in Torquay, Australia and I can tell you, the water is his only religion). He is closely followed by the really decent and grounded Joel Parkinson (having met him too a few times with his beautiful wife and kids, I can certify the guy is a good decent sorted guy). In third place, the machine Kelly Slater, who has a total of 11 (yes 11) World Championship titles under his belt.
Let’s see where this all takes me, which beaches I discover (again) and which people I come across. Tonight we begin with DRINKS with the girls…!
In the meantime, if you want to see what’s happening, the link to the ASP World Tour with live coverage is here and Quicksilver’s real time coverage is here.
Happy Friday to all of you from a ocean sprayed terrace and a happy woman with a big smile on her face. Am so lucky to be able to see and do all this!
I love the ocean :-)