|VQS SURF TOUR 2013-2014 | EUROPEAN DATES AND LOCATIONS
VQS Surf Tour 2013-2014
Volcom Qualifying Series
European Dates and Locations
The VQS surf tour (Volcom Qualifying Series) kicks off the 2013/14 European leg on
Saturday August 31 with the Rumblefish surf series in the beautiful Praia Amado in
Portugal. As always, free registration down the beach at 8h00 sharp, free food, tons of
prizes to win, and some prize money for the Pro-Am division!
Miguel Blanco during last VQS Rumblefish in Amado
Volcom Stone’s European VQS Surf Tour 2013-2014 will end May 2014 with the European
VQS Championships. The VQS surf tour consists of 7 separate (no points system or
ranking) surf contests in areas such as Canarias, England, France, Spain, and Portugal. Each
event has 5 divisions to choose from: Squids (10 and under),
Groms (13 and under), Juniors (16 and under),
Men’s Pro-Am (20 and under), and Girls (20 and
under), age is based off August 1st 2013.
There will be a cash
prize for the Pro-Am winner and Junior winner at selected events, and an Air
division (all ages) will be run at some locations depending on the conditions.
All finalists and best Squids qualify for the European VQS Champs in Hossegor, France in
European VQS surf tour 13-14 dates
31 August 2013, RUMBLEFISH surf series, Praia do Amado, Portugal
14-15 September 2013, RUMBLEFISH surf series, Matosinhos, Portugal
19-20 October 2013, MULLETFISH surf series, Hossegor, France
15-16 March 2014, LAVAFISH surf series, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
TBA 2014, KARRAMARROFISH surf series, Biarritz, France
TBA 2014, SIDFISH surf series, Porthtowan, UK
TBA 2014, KARRAMARROFISH surf series, Zarautz, Basque country
TBA 2014 EUROPEAN VQS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Hossegor, France
All dates are subject to change; go to vqs.volcomeurope.com for details and updates, past
events videos, photos and results
Volcom’s VQS Surf Tour is a grass roots effort that has infiltrated local and regional areas
with FREE surfing contests. These events are for the kids of all the ages to express their
talent, gain contest experience, have a good time, get some FREE grinds, and walk home
with a ton of FREE product for a day of surfing.
The purpose of the VQS European Tour is to create a unique surfing environment, not a
typical contest, but more like gathering. It is where people can come together and hang
out, without all the fees, rules, stipulation and a lack of camaraderie of a normal surfing
event. These events are about giving back to the communities and making it possible for
kids without sponsors or money to compete along with some seasoned competitors.
Surfers of all ages are able to express their talent at a local, national, and international
level and will push the next generation to become something better than the last.
Everyone competes without having to pay an entry fee and all contestants receive prizes
and giveaways… plus a FREE lunch!
The VQS Surf Tour is a worldwide free contest series that spreads through America, Hawaii,
Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Europe and Brazil. Finalists of each
event in Europe qualifies to compete in the VQS Euro champs in France in May 2014 with
tons more prizes to win.
Some of the prizes at the Euro VQS Champs
Europe is still a « young » territory in terms of surf competition culture…and there was a
need for a new kind of contest in European surfing when we created the VQS Rumblefish in
Portugal in the year 2000…thus beginning the Volcom Qualifying Series in Europe. These
contests are now the oldest ones of their kind running throughout the continent, staying
true to its origins with a good amount of fun and gathering a whole local surf scene from
the grommets to the pros.
From its fresh and underground beginning, the tour has consolidated in the last 4 years,
hosting a European VQS Championship to end each competition season, deciding the
European Champions and sending the winner to the World VQS Champs in Tavarua during
the Volcom FIJI Pro 2013!
Tom Cloarec Euro VQS Champion 2013 got barreled in Fiji
The Tour is now matured with more and more attention from the regular competitors but
groms are still frothing around and don’t want to miss the closest stop even if it includes
driving a couple hours and jumping on a Ferry.
The European VQS includes this season one stop in Canary Islands, two in France, one in
Spain, two in Portugal and one in England.
Groms from the VQS Mulletfish Hossegor 2001 (some of the current top