The crowd at Côte des Basques. Pic: Sean Evans
Chloe Calmon, opening rounds. Pic: Sean Evans
Australian Tully White. Pic: Jimenez
France’s Alice Lemoigne. Pic: Sean Evans
Japanese styler Natsumi Taoki. Pic: Sean Evans
28 May 19
The historic opening ceremony continued the rich legacy of longboarding at Côte des Basques, where the sport was first introduced to the continent in 1957.
With 102 athletes from 31 nations, delegations from all five continents of the globe participated in the ISA's unique Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony.
Dignitaries present included Mayor of Biarritz Michel Veunac, President of the French Surfing Federation Jean-Luc Arassus, Councillor of Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department Maider Arostegey, and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo.
Mayor of Biarritz Michel Veunac said:
"Surfing has been important to life in Biarritz, bringing a new youthful energy to the city. I enjoy watching longboard because of its wonderful movements on the waves. Good luck to all the competitors."
As competition got underway in the afternoon, the world's best women longboarders put their elite talent on display.
The host nation duo of Justine Dupont and Alice Lemoigne led the charge, earning the highest heat totals of the day with 11.96 and 11.60, respectively.
USA's Lindsay Steinriede (11.33), Brazil's reigning Silver Medalist Chloe Calmon(10.40), Peru's Maria Fernando Reyes (10.27) and Japan's returning Bronze Medalist Natsumi Taoka (10.26) were among the top performers, advancing through to Main Event Round 2.
The women who did not advanced in the tricky conditions on the first day of competition are not eliminated in the event, as they will get a second chance to advance in the elimination Repechage Rounds.
After a great showing from the women, the men will kick off day two of competition at Côte des Basques with Main Event Round 1.
- REPORT FROM THE ISA