LUKE Munro (pictured) snagged a near perfect 9.77 barrel to defeat Andy Irons as round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France completed in solid Hossegor peaks.
The event really needed to get round 2 dusted, allowing the comp to finish before the whole of SW France gets a washing down at the end of the holding period.
As forecast onshore conditions in the morning characterised another day of changes at the office for the Quik Pro France pushing back the start time. Event director Rod Brooks eventually decided to move the contest site back to Culs Nuls (it had moved north for King of the Groms) and it all kicked off at 3pm local time.
Everything out here changes so quickly with the tide shifting from bank to bank. You start your three hour surf on a right like Bells, go through a peaky barrel-snatching period and end up surfing a raging shoredump. Today was pretty much a similar story after waiting for the winds to die back, which they duly did. Initially there was a bombing barrel session which turned into a lumpy rail-to-rail fest before ending in an evening of glass-off barrels and committed late floats and drops.
"I felt pretty comfortable out there from get go," said Luke Munro the dasher of Andy Irons' dreams after they both scored 9 pointers. "It's sort of like home at Straddy (Stradbroke Island) so my plan was to go out and get a lot of waves. I think (on my 9.77) I probably could have hung in there a second longer, but I wanted to make sure I could get out too."
Munro will take on reigning ASP World Champion and defending event champion Mick Fanning next up in round 3, a task he cannot be too confident about despite taking out Irons.