This has to be the World Surf League’s most unique surfing event, and it’s coming back on 18 August for its 24th edition! The Anglet Night Surf, also known as the Surf de Nuit, is an institution of South West France and sees surfers compete on LED lit boards at night. The WSL has posted a handy caption video, ahead of this year’s event, on their Facebook page:
Night surfing 😱
Posted by World Surf League on Wednesday, 26 July 2017
In response to a number of comments concerning the threat of shark attacks, the organisers had this to say:
Hang on a second to your “this is dinner time for sharks” comments, and let us remind you we’re talking southwest France here, where the big fish threat is virtually non-existent!
Now we’ve got that out of the way let’s take a look at the format, which is changing slighly this year to include women athletes for the first time. The event will run as a team expression session and see three heats of six surfers—each surfer represents his/her team and a general ranking will be decided by adding the results of all three heats. The winning team gets a couple of wildcards for the main event, the Pro Anglet coming up right the following week.
And how will we see anything if it runs at night?
Now that’s where the fun begins, the lineup is populated with massive helium balloons and the surfers’ boards are laminated with LEDs lights of different colours!
Check out all the photos, videos, LIVE webcast of the Anglet Surf de Nuit right here!
Featured image: WSL/Antoine Justes