European Juniors Head to Sopela for Stop No 5

European Juniors Head to Sopela for Stop No 5

The Junior Pro Sopela will continue the exciting 2018 season on the European Junior Qualifying Series. Here's everything you need to know about this event.

Sopela is located on the outskirts of Bilbao, the Basque Country's main city. It's an extremely popular beach that gets crazy crowded in summer. Clean light-brown sand bordered by cliffs and green fields behind paint a pretty picture of a typical Basque beach.

The wave is a highly-consistent, punchy beachbreak that offers both lefts and rights at pretty much all tides. The event usually has great conditions for the surfers to display all the maneuvers, whether in tubes, on the wave face or in the air.

The Junior Pro Sopela will be Stop No. 5 of 6 on the European Junior Qualifying Series. After four events, two in Portugal (Espinho and Caparica) and two in France (La Torche and Biscarrosse), it's time for the final two stops in Spain. In the men's field, what shaped up to be a very open race for the 2018 European title, has suddenly turned into a one-man show with Justin Becret taking out back-to-back wins in France. The Seignosse local now has a shot at claiming a first-ever regional title in Sopela if he can reach the finals again and his main opponent Marco Mignot fails to make big points.

The women's title race is a completely different story. With four different winners in the first four events, the race is wide open and the two remaining events will be decisive in crowning the European Champion as well as selecting the Top 2 surfers who qualify for the World Junior Championship. Nadia Erostarbe currently leads the show with a very consistent effort: a win, a runner-up, a third place and a fifth to make up a total 2,730 points.

Tune in from July 18-22, 2018 and check out all the photos, videos and updates right here!

About the World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Grant Baker, Kelly Slater, Paige Alms, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

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European Juniors Head to Sopela for Stop No 5
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