Julian, going huge in Hossegor. Photo Trevor Moran
From the south-west of France to Peniche, the European leg of the CT throws up a whole lot of variety. Whether it's the biggest and best beachbreak tubes you'll see all year, to perfect runners and ramps, or a tricky onshore mixed-bag, you'll almost certainly see a good portion of the waves all of us surf for a good chunk of the year! Even though 2016's edition of the Quiksilver Pro saw a lot more of the latter, the team have already found a few favourite boards that we're likely to see a lot more of in Portugal. Full breakdowns, below:
Jules dominated in a massive range of conditions throughout the Quik Pro, mostly opting for a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 paired with his new signature fins from FCS in large (he's 6'0" / 80kg).
After taking out Jordy in round 2 with a risky backside fin ditch, Ryan kept rolling into round 3 where he went down swinging against John John, landing one of the airs of the whole event for a massive 9.13. At 6'0" / 80kg, he went for a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L Monsta 6.
Being a past event winner in France, Ace knows what he likes when Hossegor's beachies turn on. Similar to what he'd ride at smaller Teahupo'o or a range of good quality, high performance venues, Ace's everyday dims in the Forget Me Not are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L (he's 5'9" / 76kg).
Dusty, laying down one of the turns of the event on his way to a heat win. At 5'11" / 80kg, one of his go-to boards is a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6, and this time, he's running a large set of our upcoming FCS2 fins. This drivey, raked out template is geared towards power and progression, and Dusty's already given them a whole lot of use through France and the early days in Portugal! Photo Trevor Moran