There was a night surfing contest in France where surfers rode LED boards

Surf fans at Chambre d’Amour in Anglet, France on Friday, August 19 were in for a treat with the 22nd edition of the Anglet Surf de Nuit. Nuit, meaning night in French, means the surfers were to compete in the dark with flood and balloon lights set up all over the break. And of course the use of LED lights on the boards of the surfers.

Making for some spectacular visuals, this year the contest ran in small but fun conditions after being cancelled last year due to lack of swell. An airshow, the nighttime event is in the vein of trying to put on the best show possible for the crowd — and this year they deserved it with rain throughout most of the evening.

Leo Paul Etienne of France letting loose on one. Photo: Courtesy of Guillaume Arrieta/World Surf League
Leo Paul Etienne of France letting loose on one. Photo: Courtesy of Guillaume Arrieta/World Surf League

Reunion Island’s Jorgann Couzinet came out on top, having made most of the difficult conditions. “I couldn’t believe people stuck around with the rain and thunder, the crowd was going off!” Couzinet said afterwards.

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Justin Becret looking like he's in an 80s horror flick. Photo: Courtesy of Antoine Justes/WSL
Justin Becret looking like he’s in an 80s horror flick. Photo: Courtesy of Antoine Justes/WSL

“Surfing in the dark is definitely extraordinary, even with all the balloons and LEDs on the board you never quite see as well as during the day.”

Julien Thouron blasting off into space. Photo: Courtesy of Antoine Justes/WSL
Julien Thouron blasting off into space. Photo: Courtesy of Antoine Justes/WSL

With his victory on Friday, Couzinet won himself 500 Euros and a wildcard spot into the QS 1,500 Pro Anglet surf contest, which starts August 24.

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