When they organized the first Martinique Surf Pro in 2015, Nicolas Clemente and Nicolas Ursulet achieved what they ambitiously set out to do: to host a leg of the world surf qualifying circuit at a spot in Martinique. Following on from this success, they are doing their utmost for the second edition to be even better. We met up with Nicolas Ursulet and Nicolas Clemente, the organizers.
How are things progressing with the 2016 Martinique Surf Pro?
“Very well! We have been able to build upon the huge success of the maiden edition. The 2015 Martinique Surf Pro got a lot of media coverage and pictures were seen everywhere. The people we talk to have therefore got a clear reference. We decided to return to Basse-Pointe, as the members of the World Surf League and the surfers enjoyed themselves here. They had some fantastic conditions and are pleased to be returning. Long before this second event was officially confirmed, we were getting e-mails from them to tell us they could hardly wait to come back this year. They enjoyed the waves, the concept of the event, the welcome, the friendly atmosphere and the spirit of cooperation...”
This second edition is attracting other surfers and the standard promises to be even higher...
“Indeed. The Martinique Surf Pro is really taking off. Everyone agrees that the first edition was one of the best events of the past few years in the Qualifying Series. For the second edition, the line-up looks being particularly varied. Last year, twenty nationalities were represented and this year according to our latest estimates, there will be 25. We will be seeing surfers, who a short while ago, competed in the Championship Tour (the top division of world surfing, bringing together the top 34 surfers in the world, editor’s note). That means the standard will be even higher. The Martinique Surf Pro will be on of the major sporting events taking place in theCaribbean in 2016.”
However, the 2016 Martinique Surf Pro will not merely be a sporting event...
“Apart from being an international surf competition, we want to offer the public a real musical, artistic and cultural experience with a number of special events. The Martinique Surf Pro aims to contribute to the economic, tourism and social development of Martinique. We are also involved with business with the commercial village. The public turned out in force last year with 10,000 people visiting the event village. We’re getting ready to see even more people here at this popular event.”
What changes are there going to be for this second edition of the Martinique Surf Pro?
“The competition site will be better organized to allow the public to get a good view of what is happening in the best conditions. We are setting up a VIP area allowing these people to get close to the competition. In general, we are sticking with what worked well last year, while trying to be more efficient in the area where the facilities are set up. Surfing fans, who can’t make it to Martinique, will find everything they need to follow closely everything that is happening at the event. We are renewing our partnership with Canal +, with live broadcasts on the SURF + channel. We have also made a lot of improvements in our use of digital communications, in particular with our official Martinique Surf Pro Facebook page, YouTube, Twitter and now Instagram. There will be even greater coverage on social media. The 2016 Martinique Surf Pro will be a truly connected event.”
Key figures concerning the 2015 Martinique Surf Pro
106 competitors representing 20 different nationalities from 5 continents
21 surfers from the Top 100 of the Qualification Series (QS)
5 days of sport
59 series were organised
1289 waves surfed by the competitors and scored by the judges
98 excellent waves (note between 8 and 10)
146 places gained in the QS by Joshua Moniz thanks to his win in the Martinique Surf Pro