Was Slater over-scored on his plus 8 wave? It made no difference to the result and there's a rematch.
"The waves are pretty fun out there and I have a good board under my feet," He said. "I guess I'm comfortable out there. I've been coming to France for so many years that I'm used to the waves here and I know what to look for when it's changing."
He was typically modest when asked about the chances of 11 world titles.
"Quarterfinals is another good result for me and a lot of the guys that were threatening have fallen out early in this event," Slater said. "I haven't worked the numbers out, but they may be too far behind at this point. Owen (Wright) is obviously still in there and he's really strong at the remaining events so I wouldn't be surprised if it came down to the wire. There is still a lot that can happen."
Slater will go back up against Gabriel Medina, the 17-year-old wunderkid in the quarters when competition resumes. We know who Owen will be cheering for.
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