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The crowd during the Final at the Quiksilver Pro France on October 23, 2021. Photo: Laurent Masurel/World Surf League


The Inertia

The World Surf League announced on July 29 that the 2022 Quiksilver/ROXY Pro France has been cancelled.

“We are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the Challenger Series event in Hossegor,” said Erik Logan, WSL CEO, in a press release. “We were unable to secure the appropriate support to make the event financially sustainable. Despite this cancellation, we are committed to the French region, community, competitors, and fans. France remains important to competitive surfing’s history and future. We are actively engaged in conversations to return to France in 2023 and beyond.”

The event, which was set to run from October 12 – 23, was the sixth event on the Challenger Series. With its removal from the lineup, Challenger Series rankings for Championship Tour qualification will be based on results across four competitions.

It’s likely a tough pill to swallow for surfers hoping to qualify for the CT, which is something the WSL is acutely aware of.

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“We understand and acknowledge the inconvenience of this timing, and we know it adds difficult and frustrating repercussions on competitors,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “Because of this, we have reduced the counting results to four from five for the end-of-year rankings. The 2022 Challenger Series will host seven competitions total, including the upcoming Vans US Open of Surfing, EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira, Corona Saquarema Pro, and Haleiwa Challenger.”

Although the 2022 event has been called off, the WSL, Quiksilver, and ROXY are hopeful the event will return to France in 2023.

“Quiksilver and ROXY have had a long history of supporting the surfing industry in France, including on the Championship Tour level, so this is of course a very disappointing outcome”, said Arne Arens, CEO of Boardriders Inc. “Nonetheless, our determination to showcase European surfing remains unchanged and we are 100 percent dedicated to working with the WSL to bring the world’s best surfers back to the French beaches in the near future. In the interim, Quiksilver and ROXY will continue their unwavering support and sponsorship of world-class athletes and WSL events globally.”

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