Swatch Girls Pro Event Preview

The Swatch Girls Pro starts this week (20th-24th August) in Seignosse and Hossegor on the South West Coast of France. The 6-star qualifying event is the next stop for most of the girls coming straight from the Supergirl pro in California won by Sage Erickson. With only 5 events to go this event is a crucial points earner for the CT girls around 10th position and the top 10 of the QS ladder that is lead by Silvana Lima followed by Sage Erickson and Alessa Quizon.

Competitors to watch out for at this beach break are the local girls Maud Le Car, Pauline Ado and Alize Arnaud. Silvana Lima will also be right at home with similar conditions to her home break. Lima will no doubt try out some airs and push the other girls limits with the small beach break. Event defending champion Courtney Conlogue and past champ Coco Ho are both sitting in delicate spots on the CT rankings so could also be dangerous in the line up.

“Choosing the surf location for this year’s contest has not been easy,” said Event Organiser Brodie Carr. “The storms of the last winter really chewed into the beach and it has taken a long time for the sand banks to settle. Les Bourdaines looks to be the most consistent and reliable, so we have selected this location for the 5th edition of the Swatch Girls Pro France.”

Les Bourdanies is a consistent break with both rights and lefts on offer at all tides. “It is often the biggest swell puller on small days, similar to Estagnots. North end of the beach towards a jetty ‘le wharf’ can have great peaks with less crowds than in front of the car park.” ( Check out the forecast from Magic Seaweed to take a closer look at the conditions for the week.

Stay tuned to The Mermaid Society with all the latest on the ground and regular updates.

Courtney Conlogue © Swatch / Damien Poullenot

Defending Champ Courtney Conlogue © Swatch / Damien Poullenot

 World Qualifying Leaderboard

  1. Silvana Lima 9,350
  2. Sage Erickson 8,690
  3. Alessa Quizon 7,490
  4. Laura Enever 7,473
  5. Malia Manuel 7,140
  6. Tatiana Weston-Webb 6,456
  7. Nikki Van Dijk 5,610
  8. Dimity Stoyle 5,590
  9. Coco Ho 5,580
  10. Nage Melamed 5,370

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