For the first time in almost twenty years, no Frenchman was part of the cast of the men’s pro circuit. The big question is whether this anomaly will last or not. A Habs, or even two, has the opportunity to fill this hole. Maxime Huscenotand to a lesser extent Joan Duru, will play his future on the Championship Tour in the coming days on the North Shore of Oahu during the Haleiwa Challenger (November 26-December 7), 7th and final round of the Challenger Series.
Currently 6th in the standings (16,050 points), Huscenot is for the moment virtually qualified since the first ten will be invited for the CT 2023. If he reaches the final, the Reunionese will automatically have his qualification in his pocket. If he passes a few laps, the lift should also work given his small lead over his pursuers. With 10,905 points, Duru starts from much further.
However, Huscenot’s mattress is not very thick – the 11th, Morgan Cibilic has 14,705 points – and an early elimination could cruelly eject him from the Top 10. This tour of Hawaii, at the end of the season, is always a very complicated obstacle to pass, Jorgann Couzinet knows something about it. The plateau is extremely raised and it is not easy to make your hole there.
In the round of 16, Huscenot will be opposed to Dylan Moffat and Crosby Colapinto while Duru will find himself facing the clutches of Leonardo Fioravanti and Jesse Mendes. In the women’s draw, the Top 5 will reach the elite and only Vahine Fierro can still believe it. But the surfer from Huahine also goes a long way. Currently 10th, before this last round she is no less than 6,000 points behind 5th, Teresa Bonvalot.