Surfing events are not popular in many countries of the world. But in some countries, people live to surf. As a sport, surfing usually requires big waves.
The currents are not so strong in many countries. But the countries that have ocean beaches usually fulfill this criterion. However, other countries also share the popularity – Portugal, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, England, Peru, France, Maldives, Morrocco, Spain, Phillippines… Hawaii islands are taught to be the center of surfing in the world.
And don’t be surprised – it is never easy to be a surfer. It is an extremely difficult sport which requires strong and skillful athletes. Read this tutorial about surfing strength and conditioning exercises.
Here are some highlights from surfing events.
The most popular surfing events this fall
There are so many surfing events during the year that can pay your attention. We are talking about the most interesting ones this fall.
Currently, there are two ongoing events.
EDP Billabong Pro Cascais
The event takes place in Guincho, Cascais, Portugal. Currently, 3 heats are over, and there are 5 to go. The following heats are very interesting:
Jadson Andre (Brazil) vs Wade Carmichael (Australia)
Frederico Morais (Portugal) vs Leonardo Fioravanti (Italy)
Willian Cardoso (Brazil) vs Tomas Hermes (Brazil)
Jessee Mendes (Brazil) vs Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Alejo Muniz (Brazil) vs Ezekiel Lau (Hawaii)
As you have noticed, Hawaii doesn’t compete under the USA flag in surfing. That is the reason why surfing events are so accepted in Hawaii. Hawaii is the worldwide known center of surfing. You can find more info here.
Here are some highlights from this year.
The second ongoing event is Cascais Women’s Pro. It also takes place in Portugal. The location is Praia de Carcavelos, Cascais. It is one of the best women’s surfing events.
Currently, the quarterfinals are ongoing. And here are the quarterfinal heats:
Nikki Van Dijk (Australia) vs Lakey Peterson (USA)
Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) vs Kelly Andrew (Australia)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii) vs Malia Manuel (Hawaii)
Carissa Moore (Hawaii) vs Sage Erikson (USA)
You can find more info here. Those two events are the part of the World Surf League.
Here are the final highlights from earlier years.
Quiksilver Pro France
This event takes place in Landes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The defending champion is Keanu Asing from Hawaii. This is one of the best surfing events in France, don’t miss this opportunity! The event lasts from October 7th to October 18th.
The shore of the Atlantic Ocean has a lot of to offer! Here are the highlights from 2016.
Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro
The event takes place in Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu, Chile. It takes place on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and it lasts from October 6th to October 8th.
The defending champion is Sofia Milanovich from Peru. Since the tournament gathers the strongest names from South America, it will be very hard to defend the title!
Take a look at the announcement!
This is one more great event from the Portugal series. It lasts for a very long period of time – October 15th to December 31st. This is one of the longest surfing events – it lasts from October 15th to December 31st. The competition will be in Nazare, Leiria, Portugal. The defending champion is Jamie Mitchell from Australia.
Here are the highlights from earlier years. As you see, there are so many big waves. The competition is very technical. Don’t miss this event!
RDS Pro Junior
This is one of the best surfing events for juniors. It is the part of 2017 Men’s Junior Tour and 2017 Women’s Junior Tour. The event takes place in Praia de Guarda, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event lasts from October 13th to October 15th.
The new stars of surfing are looking for the opportunity to show themselves to the world. Maybe some of them will become senior champions, who knows!
One thing is certain – the best juniors from North America and Latin America will be present!
Turtle Bay Resort Pro
It is one of the most interesting surfing events for men and women. It takes place in Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. This is the part of 2017 Men’s Longboard Tour and 2017 Women’s Longboard Tour. It lasts from October 14th to October 20th.
There is one very interesting fact when it comes to this tournament – longboard surfing is a lot more difficult! However, the best competitors from the world will definitively try to make you enjoy it.
Here is the highlights reel. As well as you see, longboard competitions are different than the regular ones and competitors use a stick. It will definitively be very interesting to watch!
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
This is surfing specialty event. It is scheduled for November 12th to December 20th. The event takes place in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.
Since this is specialty event, there will be many world-class surfers that are going to show their best.
Here is the highlights reel from this event.
Previous interesting surfing events
During this summer, there were few surfing events that draw a lot of attention. Here are some of them.
Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
It is known to be the most luxurious surfing event of the year. It was taken on August 8th to August 14th. Maldives are known to be a very rich country.
Taj Burrow was the winner for the second consecutive time. An awesome surfer from Australia fought his way through in the event that will be remembered for a long time. Waves were big, there were many competitors, but the Australian surfer didn’t pull back.
Take a look at the competition highlights reel.
Huanchaco Repalsa Longboard Pro
This event is a part of Men’s Longboard Tour 2017 and Women’s Longboard Tour 2017. It was a very interesting competition that lasted from Jul 27th to Jul 29th in Playa El Elio, Huanchaco, Peru. The winners were Atalanta Batista from Brazil for women and Phil Rajzman from Brazil for men.
Here are the highlights from this event.
Minami Boso Junior Pro
The event took place in Chitose Beach, Minamiboso, Chiba, Japan. It was taken on September 16th and 17th.
Here are the final day highlights.
The winner of the event was Shino Matsuda from Japan. It is the toughest surfing event in Japan.
Puerto Escondido Challenge
Even Mexico has its own world-class competition.
It was scheduled for in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico to last from May 01 to Jul 31. This is a big wave competition, and there is a reason why it lasts so much. After all, there won’t be big waves every single day.
Big wave surfing events are extremely interesting to the crowd.
The winner was Kai Lenny from Hawaii. The biggest waves in the world are in Hawaii, so this was expected.
Here are the highlights from this event.
Anfaplace Pro Casablanca
This is the best of all surfing events in the northern part of Africa. It was held in Casablanca, Morrocco. It lasted from September 12th to September 17th.
The winner of the event is Mikaela Greene from Australia for women and Deivid Silva from Brazil for men. The event is a part of 2017 Men’s and Women’s Qualifying Series.
Highlights from Anfaplace Pro Casablanca are available here.
Vans US Open of Surfing – Women’s CT
This is one of many great events in the USA. There is one thing that comes to fore here – the event is the part of 2017 Women’s Championship Tour.
It was held in Huntington Beach, California, USA, and it lasted from 31st August to 6th September. The winner was Sage Erikson from the USA.
The highlights are available here.
Billabong Pro Tahiti
This event is the part of Men’s World Championship Tour. The event lasted from August 11th to August 22nd.
The event took part in Teahupo’o, Tahiti. These islands are known for wonderful surfing conditions.
The winner was Julian Wilson from Australia.
Here are the highlights for this event.