The E-Pro Europe countdown is on and with only one day remaining the anticipation is growing by the hour. This notes the eighth stop for the innovative Surf Web Series and with the European standouts locked in it is sure to be electrify audience’s screens across the world.
Surfers to Watch
Europe’s talent pool runs deep and the world will get to witness that firsthand with clips being sent in from around the region. Plenty of up-and-coming competitors are looking to make their statements but they will have to do so against the already established credentials of World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) veterans and their explosive resumes.
Maxime Huscenot will be the man to beat coming out of France. The 28-year-old, Valence-born and Reunion Island raised surfer showed promise from a young age and carried that into his adulthood where he still stuns the world with his talents. Currently spending most of his time on the famed stretch of France’s beautiful Hossegor coastline, Huscenot has notched himself a handful of crazy sessions this past winter at the beachbreaks of La Graviere and plenty more. The former 2019 Quiksilver Pro France wildcard and 2020 No. 18 ranked before competition was halted looks for that competitive outlet and is sure to be one to keep eyes on heading toward the Final.
Maxime Huscenot - Hossegor - Photo: Your personal file
Fellow former WSL wildcard Miguel Blanco has dealt with the world’s best a handful of times at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal three times since 2016 and competes around the world at the highest level. Though an event win has eluded the 25-year-old Cascais competitor, Blanco’s skills have never been in question. With an extensive list of beach and reef breaks alike up and down the coast of his home country of Portugal, the young surfer will have plenty to bank on from Cascais to Ericeira and beyond.
Miguel Blanco - Portugal - Photo: @pedromestrephoto & @antoniosaraiva1
One of Spain’s top QS competitors Vicente Romero enters this event as a known threat with his resume of finishing within, and just outside a number of times, the QS Top 100. Born in Brazil, Romero spent a lot of his childhood in Barcelona and earned his Spanish citizenship where he would represent the Spaniard flag around the world. Alongside the likes of his skilled compatriot Andy Criere, three-time QS victor, an event title is not far out of reach for Spain.
Vicente Romero - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Photo: @chechupajares
England’s 17-year-old duo of Stanley Norman and Sam Hearn will two to keep eyes on as underdogs in this event. Bude, Cornwall, local Norman has plenty of breaks at his disposal along the English coastline – particularly that of Cornwall. While Hearn’s clips will come from Portugal in their majority as the English-sponsored competitor resides in the wave-rich area of Arrifana, both are not to be taken lightly in this challenge.
Stanley Norman - Photo: @surf_solutions
Stay tuned for opening day of voting starting February 15 to kickoff the E-Pro Europe.
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