The ASP women’s world longboard event traditionally runs in Biarritz at this time, but in addition this year is a leg of the ASP women’s world tour, which assembles the top 17 women shortboard surfers from around the globe.
The event offers a dream line-up including:
Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) – four-times World Champion, Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) – World number 2 in 2010, French star Lee-Ann Curren (wildcard), as well as the exceptional ‘siren’ of noseriding Jennifer Smith (USA) and the double World Longboard Champion and surfing icon Kassia Meador (USA).
This pinnacle of women’s surfing also features an open, free public festival, that brings together surf, art and music. On the program is a huge, live, free concert to enjoy barefoot in the sand at the Port Vieux in Biarritz on July 16th. This year, Orange presents a tempting pop line-up with: Pendentif, Lilly Wood & The Prick and The Sounds… plus a DJ set from Estelle S.
Another feature is the ‘New Wave’ art exhibition, dedicated to Californian art. Bringing together original works by Californian artists inspired by surf culture and the ‘VENUS’ project which has mobilized dozens of artists around the fight against breast cancer.
Not forgetting the Quiksilver foundation space, which opens its charity shop and honours the Skeleton Sea collective, exhibiting an imposing Albatross made from discarded plastic collected on the beaches.
Lastly, the week will have a daily offering of free surfing lessons available to the public, demonstrations of tandem and canoe surfing, parties, rider signing sessions and the spectacular Biarritz