The summer is eventually here, and the kick off of the crucial period for the European surfing contingent is underway. After a series of very good results in the first half of the year, Europe’s rising surfers are already on their way to South Africa for the historical event of Durban, the Mr Price Pro, a 6 Star WQS offering $125,000 of prize money to the best surfers on the planet.

What can the European guard expect from this opening summer event? Joining 19-year-old phenomenon Jérémy Flores (Fra) who just flew out from Chile this week after his 17th place in the Rip Curl Pro Search, European leaders, with Tiago Pires (Prt) on top of the pack, are all ready to confirm their amazing start and will try hard to secure more points on the quality beachbreaks of Durban’s beaches.

Every year, the Mr Price Pro World Qualifying Series event welcomes top surfers from all corners of the globe, including many of the Foster’s ASP World Tour as CJ Hobgood (USA), Adriano De Souza (Bra) or locals Greg Emslie (Zaf) and Travis Logie (Zaf). The whole WQS army will thus face the best, and the high level clash might bring on some big action this weekend.

With big upsets awaited, and top Europeans ready to snake into the ratings’ top 15, we can hope to see the rise of the old continent keep going, knowing most of our leaders can better their worse results in South Africa and better their points’ total towards the ultimate goal, the “Dream Tour".

The event will be live at www.aspworldtour.com. Stay tuned from June 29th to July 8th for the show.

What: 6 Star Men's WQS

Where: Durban, South Africa

When: June 29th - July 8th 2007

Points: 2500 pts for the winner!

Prize purse: $125,000

Europeans’ current positions on the ASP WQS

#2 Tiago Pires (Prt) – 9800 pts – looking to better an 825 pts result

#6 Miky Picon (Fra) – 8025 pts – looking to better an 825 pts result

#12 Aritz Aranburu (Euk) – 7582 pts – looking to better a 750 pts result

#17 Tim Boal (Fra) – 7319 pts – looking to better a 625 pts result

#19 Eneko Acero (Euk) – 7263 pts – looking to better a 625 pts result

#22 Michel Bourez (Pyf) – 7001 pts – looking to better a 375 pts result

#27 Patrick Beven (Fra) – 6669 pts – mooking to better a 625 pts result

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