Stab Magazine | Jordy Smith, a ramp between jetties, France
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Jordy Smith, a ramp between jetties, France

“It is still 100 feet here and howling onshore,” says photog Ryan Miller from France’s Landes coast. “We were running from the swell again today.” Hossegor, scene of the Quiksilver Pro, France (starting in a few hours’ time, probably), has offered her rough cheek to the top 34 since they started trickling into town a […]

full frame // Mar 8, 2016
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“It is still 100 feet here and howling onshore,” says photog Ryan Miller from France’s Landes coast. “We were running from the swell again today.” Hossegor, scene of the Quiksilver Pro, France (starting in a few hours’ time, probably), has offered her rough cheek to the top 34 since they started trickling into town a few days ago. But the pros wouldn’t have her any other way.

In a recent interview, Julian Wilson told Stab: “Due to conditions, you can surf five different heats on five different boards. The conditions can change every hour, depending on tide and wind. But that makes it a really fun event and it’s cool to see how everyone adapts to the waves.”

Mick Fanning concurred: “I love it just because it’s so exciting. You don’t know if you’ve got the right bank, you’re guessing where it’s gonna be good at what time, everyone’s texting each other to figure out where’s best to surf. It’s fun and exciting and if you get a sneaky surf and someone misses it, you feel good about yourself, but then if it’s the other way around you feel shit (laughs). It’s a really fun vibe.”

Jordy Smith (pictured here) is another man who likes the thrill of French conditions. Today, the South-African, along with Julian, Josh Kerr, Kolohe Andino and Yadin Nicol, sessioned a manageable corner between two jetties. “Not amazing, but at least rideable,” as Miller describes it. Manageable is all these men need, however. Manageable means hits like this one. Oh boy, can this event start sooner, please?

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