Surfing: Five ultramarines among the six surfers of the French team for the world championships of nations

The French surfing federation validated this September 9 the composition of the French team which will participate in the World Surfing Games 2022 from September 16 to 24. Among the six athletes selected for these world championships, five are from overseas.

Reigning world champion of surfing nations, France is presenting a very ultramarine team for the World Surfing Games which are taking place in Huntington in the United States from September 16 to 24.

Validated on September 9, the selection includes six athletes, including five from overseas (in alphabetical order):

  • Timothé Bisso (Pirates Surf Club)
  • Mihimana Braye (Hossegor Surf Club)
  • Gatien Delahaye (Pirates Surf Club)
  • Vahine Fierro (Hossegor Surf Club)
  • Tessa Thyssen (A Joe Reefer Surf Club)

Timothy Bisso

The native of Guadeloupe had won the title of junior European champion under 18 in 2014 in the Azores, then that of vice-champion of the junior professional world in early 2016 in Portugal. He returned to the French selection seven years after the 2015 World Juniors in Oceanside (United States).

Mihimana Braye

The Tahitian is called up for the first time with the Blues. In 2015, he won the Rangi Pro Junior as well as the Taapuna Master, before rising in 2016 to the 50e place in the WSL world rankings. In 2020 he was once again champion of the Taapuna Master.

Gatien Delahaye

The Guadeloupean returns to the French selection four years after his first selection at the 2018 World Surfing Games in Japan. Author of a remarkable 2022 season, he finished in July 2e at the Challenger Series in Ballito, and won the Rip Curl Pro Anglet at the end of August.

Vahine Fierro

The Polynesian, who learned to surf at the age of 2, won the junior world championship in Australia in January 2018, and the team world championship in 2021. This year in August, she finished 3e of the Championship Tour 2022 in Teahupo’o.

Tessa Thyssen

The one who grew up in Saint-Martin and learned her skills in Guadeloupe was notably junior world champion in October 2015 in California, then 3e best tricolor on the circuit in 2019. After a long injury, she returned to competition in 2021.

The sixth surfer to complete the team is Pauline Ado (Anglet Surf Club). “The selection for the Worlds was made with regard to the classification on the Challenger Series 2022 “explains the French surfing federation on its website.

France is therefore putting its title back on the line, since it won it in 2021 in El Salvador, four years after its first victory in 2017 in Biarritz. Above all, the event is a qualifier for the Olympics.

The federation specifies that these World Surfing Games 2022 will issue the first two tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games which will take place for surfing in Teahupo’o, in Tahiti. “The highest ranked national teams by gender will qualify 1 men’s place and 1 women’s place for their country/NOC [comité national olympique, NDLR] respective, regardless of the quota limit of two athletes per country”she adds.

September 16: Opening ceremony; Beginning of the competition gentlemen.

September 17-18: Men’s competition.

September 19-23: Men’s competition; start of the ladies’ competition.

September 24: Final phases men and women.

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