BIG barrels for the morning (completion of Rd2) and evening (start of Rd3) at La Graviere for the Quiksilver Pro France.
Quads are in, claims are in (apart from Dane's 10), the adjective 'tricky' is in, 10s are in, but back-up scores are not. Out went, Taj, Fanning and Julian Wilson, all strong contenders for the event.
Heavy waves, smashed egos, long waits and people going out with a 10 pointer tucked under the rashie is par for the course in France. Particularly so at the moment with the big morning and evening tides restricting the swell hitting the La Graviere bank throughout the central portion of the day.
Fortunately the trend is toward neap tides (higher lows, lower highs) and a good wind pattern on the final heats. Check the full forecast here.
Kolohe has started winning, he needs to in order to stay on tour and near drowning incident aside has looked comfortable in and amongst the the heavy water at La Graviere. All this just as people were writing him off in 2012.
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 15.17 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.43
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.40 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.97
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.27 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.07
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.84 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.50
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 6.60 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.50
Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.50 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 2.60
Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.07 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 6.60
Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.76 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 7.70
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 11: Gabriel Medina (BRA) Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)