The Caribbean is about to host the latest must attend event in the world surfing circuit.
The first edition of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO will take place from the 21st to 26th April, as part of the World Surf League Qualification Series (QS). Around a hundred competitors are expected to turn up in this magical location in Martinique, for a great sporting, musical and cultural event that must not be missed.
Note down the date in your diary, as it is a brand new event. For the first time, Martinique will be host to an international, professional surfing competition. The MARTINIQUE SURF PRO will take place from 21st to 26th April 2015 in the town of Basse-Pointe. This event, organised in partnership with the WSL (World Surf League - ex.ASP), will be the only Caribbean leg in the Qualification Series (QS). A circuit that enables surfers to gain experience and points (3000 to be won in Martinique). The aim in the end is to become one of the top ten in the qualification series and therefore compete in competitions involving the world's top 34 competitors. With the goal of becoming a regular event, the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO is scheduled to take place every year for at least the next four years. Already in 2015, some of the best surfers from Europe, the USA, the Caribbean and from around the world will be attending. Around a hundred competitors a! re due to show what they can do over five days at this carefully chosen location. Basse-Pointe offers some magnificent, long, powerful stretches with waves breaking towards the right when they are surfing, and which are bound to thrill both competitors and spectators.
A global event
To attract a wider public than just amateur surfers, the organisers are setting up a special activity village with shops, restaurants and access to various fun events. A music stage will be set up at the heart of the event offering free concerts to the public. The official opening night looks particularly festive. Throughout the competition, a DJ will be accompanying the competitors as they perform. The MARTINIQUE SURF PRO aims to be an eco-friendly event and special events will be organised to achieve that. Thanks to a lot of media attention – regional, national and international – the event aims to contribute to the development of Martinique (in terms of its economy, tourism and community). In particular, by showing that the island is a surfing destination offering many advantages, because of its geographical situation, its fine climate and its undeniable potential for great waves.
A professionally run event
If Martinique is clearly able today to host such a major event, it is thanks to the enthusiasm and experience of the organiser, Martinique Surfing (ex MSS Team). Since it was created in 2009, this association has had two major goals: to develop the sport in Martinique and to attract surfers to the island. Martinique Surfing regularly organises surf competitions on the island. It also sets up community projects. Since the start of 2010, it has for example been working alongside other associations in the area of social inclusion by offering surfing to youngsters of various ages and backgrounds. All these experiences mean that today Martinique Surfing is able to set up an innovative sporting event, which must not be missed for any reason.
In 2002, Andy Irons (HAW) completed his quest for total surfing domination by winning the Pipe Masters, the Vans Triple Crown and the ASP World Title. - WSL / Ellis
Photo by Rudi Castorina
Jaws, Hawaii - WSL / Rudy Castorina Photo by Rudi Castorina