The clock is ticking with the first edition of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO due to be held from 21st to 26th April at Basse-Pointe in the north-east of the island. The only Caribbean leg of the World Surf League Qualification Series (QS), the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO takes on considerable importance bringing together around a hundred surfers. Among them, some of the top names from the qualification series and a lot of excellent youngsters. As the big day draws near, the line-up is becoming clear with eighty competitors already registered from five continents. There is no doubt about it. We can look forward to an exciting, top class sporting event in Martinique.
Each day, further names are added to the list of those taking part. Top class international surfers will be able to make the most of some fantastic right-handers (waves breaking towards the right for the surfer) at this location in Basse-Pointe. These powerful and particularly long waves enable the competitors to show the full extent of their talent. If the very first edition of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO is such a big event, it is because there is so much at stake here. Organised in conjunction with the WSL (World Surf League – ex.ASP), the event is the only Caribbean leg in the Qualification Series (QS) in 2015. In this circuit, surfers attempt to get as many points as they can throughout the season. At the end of the year, they are all added up and the top ten in the QS join the World Championship Tour, the premier league in the world circuit, which brings together the 34 finest surfers in the world. The QS 3000 event in Martinique is an intermediate level event in the third division in this qualifying circuit, ranked after the QS 10 000 and 6000, and ahead of the QS 1500 and 1000. The winner of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO will score 3000 points, which is far from being insignificant as they attempt to finish in the top 10 at the end of the season...
Solid successes and talents of the future
Among those registered, there are many competitors from Europe, North America and South America. They are joined by representatives from Asia, Africa and the Pacific to make this a truly international line-up. From 21st to 26th April in Basse-Pointe, we shall see some surfers, who are quite capable of joining the World Championship Tour in 2016, such as the Brazilian, Ian Gouveia and the American, Evan Geiselman, respectively sixth and tenth at the moment in the QS. Among the other top names, we should mention the American, Luke Davis, the Peruvian, Miguel Tudela, the Hawaiian, Ian Gentil as well as the South Africans, Dylan Lightfoot and Beyrick De Vries. Some of the world's top junior surfers will also be attending, such as the American, Kanoa Igarashi (18 years old) and the Hawaiian, Joshua Moniz (19 years old). Two of the top European youngsters will also be competing: the Frenchman, Tom Cloarec (20) and Timothée Bisso from the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe (18). Martinique has never before hosted a world class professional surfing event and the big names from the Caribbean won't want to miss this opportunity. Apart from Timothée Bisso, three other surfers from Guadeloupe have registered (Gatien Delahaye, Enzo Cavallini and Léopold Etienne), two from Martinique (Louca Jourdan and Jerry Shaefer), as well as competitors from Saint-Martin and Barbados. With a month to go to the start of the competition, it is extremely hard to make any predictions. A lot the surfers are in with every chance of winning, and they all have their own favourite conditions. The suspense is building.
Welcoming the surfers and spectators in the best conditions
While we await the final registrations, we can already announce that around a hundred competitors will be taking part in the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO, which is a remarkable success for this maiden edition. This is very pleasing for the organisers at Martinique Surfing, who are working all out to ensure that everything is ready for the big day, as they wish to offer competitors and spectators the best conditions possible. Bringing together all these people is not something that can be taken lightly. Over the past few weeks, a lot of work has been going on at the competition site in the harbour in Basse-Pointe. The event will benefit from some great facilities. Alongside the event village, there will be a business village with all sorts of events taking place. The MARTINIQUE SURF PRO aims to be a world class event and the show continues ashore. Throughout the competition, there will be many things to see and do. On 18th April, an opening gala will mark the start of the festivities in the presence of a well known local artist, Erik Pédurand. With a month to go to the start, the event is already a big one with so much happening on the spot.