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Back to Basque For The 11th O’Neill Pro

News provided by O'Neill Europe on 15 July 2005

15th July 2005 - For the 11th year in a row the O’Neill Pro, 5-star, WQS, Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) surf event will once again kick off the French leg of the World tour. Between the 8th and the 14th August, 196 of the world’s most outstanding surfers will converge on Les Plage des Cavaliers, Anglet, in the Basque region of France, eager to bank a solid result and kick start their French WQS campaign.

The O’Neill Pro is the only WQS surf event to take place in the Basque region and marks the midway stage of the 2005 tour. With a share of a $US100,000 prize purse and a heap of WQS tour points up for grabs a good result in Anglet can make or break a WQS soldier’s mission. For those surfers who have failed to realize their potential during the early stages of the 2005 season, it’s time to pull something out of the bag, and for those on top of their game it’s time to keep the consistency going through to the season end O’Neill World Cup of Surfing date at the notorious Sunset beach. With the stakes mounting the O’Neill Pro guarantees a showcase for progressive, unrestrained surfing.

New additions to this year O’Neill Pro include the new ASP rules for 5 star WQS contests. The new criterion both minimizes the amount of surfers that can enter the competition to 196, and introduces World Championship Tour (WCT) style man-on-man heats from the round of 16. The reduced numbers increases the lower seeded surfers chances of progressing up through the ranks, while the man-on-man heats, during the closing stages of competition, adds to the intensity of the already explosive finish.

The drama will once again unfold at the break of Les Cavaliers. This swell magnet, situated at the northern tip of the Basque country, is famed for its speedy cavernous barrels that are know to rival that of neighboring Hossegor to the North. Combine this world-class wave with the unique and breathtaking backdrop of the Pyrenees, the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Basque people and the 2005 O’Neill Pro formula promises to deliver a contest to remember.

In addition to the action on the water, the O’Neill Pro will be taking over the whole of Anglet with a loaded program of side events including on-site DJs, live bands and an open-air cinema.

O’Neill Pro Anglet Minisite
The O’Neill Pro minisite can be accessed via and will provide daily coverage from the event. News updates, video news highlights, live ASP scoring, imagery and a comprehensive press section are just some of the features that will help provide a blow-by-blow account of the event.

The Basque Country
The Basque country stretches east from Bilbao in Spain all the way around to
Bayonne in France. The Basque people are a bit of a mystery, they seem to have been around for ever, having, as they do, their own language that predates and has no relation to any other of the European tongues. Their homeland may sit across two modern countries, but national pride is still very much alive. It’s a unique place where community, camaraderie, family and friends are the most important thing. A maverick spirit also pervades, which is why surfing took off here in the 1st place, that and the Basque peoples natural affinity with the ocean.

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