We knew that this event was new, but it is already proving to be a must. The only Caribbean leg in the World Surf League Qualification Series (QS), the first MARTINIQUE SURF PRO is so attractive that it will bring together 112 surfers from around the world. With confirmed competitors and young talents competing, the line-up promises to offer us a great show and lots of suspense. Good reasons not to miss out on this event taking place from 21st to 26th April at Basse-Pointe in the north east of Martinique.
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The MARTINIQUE SURF PRO is full up and brimming over... No fewer than 122 surfers from all four corners of the Earth have confirmed that they intend to take part in this new event in Martinique. The race organisers opted for a competition format with 112 entrants, so there will be a waiting list for those wishing to compete in the only Caribbean leg of the Qualification Series in 2015. Bringing together such an incredible line-up for a maiden edition is quite an achievement. The quality of the location at Basse-Pointe, with its long powerful waves may well be the reason for such enthusiasm...
Talents from five continents
There is a truly international line-up for this leg in Martinique in the Qualification Series, bringing together competitors from Europe, America (North and South), Asia, Africa and the Pacific region. From the Caribbean, we shall of course be seeing some local surfers from Martinique (Jerry Schaefer, Louca Jourdan, Adam Auffay) but also some from Guadeloupe (Timothée Bisso, Gatien Delahaye, Enzo Cavallini) as well as from Barbados and St. Martin. The level promises to be very high with top performers such as the Brazilian, Ian Gouveia and the American, Evan Geiselman, respectively sixth and tenth in the QS at the moment, who are capable of making it to the Top Ten in the qualifying circuit by the end of the season. Such a performance would allow them to join the 2016 World Championship Tour (WCT), the premier division bringing together the top 34 from around the world. Other competitors, not yet ranked so highly are indeed also capable of joining the elite next year. They will be taking advantage of the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO to bounce back to climb to the top of the QS. The winner in Martinique will be awarded 3000 points, a score, which could make all the difference at the end of the year... We shall be keeping a close eye on the American, Michael Dunphy, 27th in the QS last year, who almost made it to the WCT in 2015. Among the other top names, we should mention the South African, Beyrick De Vries (42nd in the QS in 2014), the Brazilian, Lucas Silveira, the Americans, Luke Davis and Cory Arrambide, the Australian, Cooper Chapman, from Hawaii Kiron Jabour, from Tahiti Steven Pierson, from Japan Hiroto Araiand and finally from Spain, Vicente Romero... Some of the world's leading youngsters are also attending, such as the American, Kanoa Igarashi (18) and the Hawaiian, Joshua Moniz (19). Some young European competitors will also be present including the French surfer Tom Cloarec (20).
Many potential winners
This list of names is far from complete and there are no clear favourites for the MARTINIQUE SURF PRO. Among those registered, 52 were in the top 200 in the QS last year. They are all excellent performers and many others are also capable of getting a brilliant result. The fact that each competitor is more or less at ease depending on the type of wave only adds to the uncertainty concerning the name of the potential winner. So the suspense is guaranteed.