All Gabby bandwagon-ing aside, even if he wasn’t sitting in the number one spot, and even if he didn’t have all the momentum in the world with two wins and a runner up in the last three events, Gabby is the undeniable king of French beachies.
My point being, the winner of the Quik Pro France has to be ready to adjust to whatever the mercurial North Atlantic might throw at them, and clearly Italo can win whatever he puts his mind too—jean-shorted or otherwise.
The competitors with the ability to adapt their strategies to the ever-changing conditions of the North Atlantic, and make good use of whatever conditions are on tap, will be the ones topping the podium in France.
He’s won France three times so far in his career, making him the event’s winningest surfer presently on Tour.
I think his desire to finally seal the deal on a title will motivate him to crush rounds in France and be immune to Gabby’s history of Euro leg dominance.
Plus, she’s the only woman right with two wins in her back pocket–with another one she could be slipping into that yellow jersey and looking at a possible first world title.
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Steph is simply smoother and has better flow than any of her competition, which comes in handy at any stop on tour, but especially in France.
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