Quiksilver Pro France - Early Forecast
We've had a couple of lacklustre events post J-Bay with average Teahupoo and small, slow Trestles. The tedium of these events was vastly overshadowed when Kelly Slater gathered a group of the world's best surfers at his wave pool for the Future Classic.
Yet all that is over and now we find ourselves in France.
During the last few weeks there's been a few significant swells impacting Europe with one large clean and sunny day standing out at Nazare. The waiting period for the Quiksilver Pro France kicks off this Saturday, running through until the the 18th (Wednesday week).
A fun but inconsistent W/NW groundswell will kick off the waiting period, generated by a small low sitting east of Newfoundland. 3-4ft sets are due Saturday morning, easing a touch through the day and further Sunday from 3ft on the sets. Winds are looking great with morning offshores ahead of afternoon sea breezes.
We'll move into a quiet period early next week ahead of some new NW energy from Wednesday afternoon, becoming large and sustained from Friday.
These swells will originate from a broad, stationary, and multi-centred low forming between Greenland and Iceland, projecting multiple fetches of strong to gale-force westerly winds through France's swell window.
At this stage we're looking at surf building to 3ft+ Wednesday afternoon, further Thursday towards 4ft with some stronger energy to 5-6ft on Friday/Saturday.
This may then be followed by a much stronger low forming off Newfoundland, directing a significant fetch of gale to severe-gale W/NW winds right towards the Bay of Biscay. If this unfolds as expected it'll generate a large powerful W/NW groundswell for the end of the waiting period, coming in at a much larger 8ft+ but we'll provide running updates on these developments in the comments below.
As the storms will develop quite a distance from France, conditions each morning are looking excellent with light local offshore winds before sea breezes kick in.
Therefore the outlook for the Quiksilver Pro is quite good with plenty of surf days to pick and choose. However, as is always the case in France, the quality is ultimately determined by the quality of the banks.