Following on from the teaser vid that racked up over a million views on Youtube, interest was high for the start of the Roxy Pro Biarritz – the 6th stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.
While Vic Bay local Bianca Buitendag and the rest of the Top 17 waited for a swell that never came, they did get a chance to sample the much talked about Wavegarden in nearby Spain, that was offering not only more waves than the Cote des Basques, but also a little something different for the girls to get warmed-up on after a two-month break in the tour, and ahead of the next event in Surf City, USA – the Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach.
The anti-cyclonic system off the French coast which plagued the Roxy Pro waiting period with a flat ocean simply refused to budge, and left the organisers with no choice but to call the event off, with it now re-scheduled to go down at the far more consistent and perfect Hossegor in September – at the same time the Men’s Dream Tour rolls trough France to contest the Quiksilver Pro.
Check out the official press release below.
Roxy Pro Biarritz Cancelled Due to Lack of Surf, Rescheduled for September in Hossegor
CÔTE DES BASQUES, Biarritz – France (Sunday, July 14, 2013) – After five days of minimal swell, the 2013 Roxy Pro Biarritz has called competition off due to lack of surf; however, Roxy is rescheduling the event in nearby Hossegor for September/October in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France, ensuring that the world’s best female surfers will retain their scheduled opportunities to campaign for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title, as well as requalification for the 2014 season.
“It’s been a challenging week surf wise, but the world’s best female surfers have still enjoyed themselves in the beautiful town of Biarritz,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Women’s World Tour Manager, said. “While we’re disappointed that the swell never manifested for this year’s event, we’re very pleased to announce that Roxy have committed to rescheduling the event to run in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France men’s event in late September. This will allow the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title race as well as the requalification campaigns of the world’s best female surfers to continue in the best possible fashion.”
Roxy, who have long supported the ASP Women’s WCT with events around the world, are disappointed that the swell did not cooperate with this year’s Roxy Pro Biarritz, but are eager to bring the world’s best female surfers back to France for another attempt in September.
“The city of Biarritz fully supports this decision as it is the best possible option for the sport and women surfing” Michel Poueyts, Biarritz council representative stated.
“Roxy is 100% committed to showcasing the world’s best female surfers,” Roxy Pro Contest Director and 4X World Champion, Lisa Andersen said. “We’ve enjoyed great success with waves during this window in the past but were unlucky this year. That said, we’ll look forward to seeing the ASP Top 17 return to France in September and we’ll be back to bring you the Roxy Pro France.”
News of the rescheduling comes as welcome relief to the world’s best female surfers, all anticipating eight elite events this season in which they would do battle.
“We’re totally at the mercy of mother nature and she didn’t come to the party this week,” Tyler Wright, ASP Women’s WCT rankings leader said. “It’s a really unique situation so I’m thankful to ASP and Roxy that we get to come back to the Southwest of France. I love the croissants and I’m sure we’ll get some great waves in September.”
The Roxy Pro France will now take place in conjunction with the men’s Quiksilver Pro France, running from September 24 – 30, 2013.
The next stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour will be the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach from July 22 – 28, 2013.