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There were still some fun looking lines rolling through.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Michel Bourez, current World No.10 and the crowd's favourite today in Seignosse, escaped a tricky Round 2 situation finding two nice waves right from the start and keeping a very short lead over Damien Hobgood until the final countdown.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
"It's really tough out there, waves are small and inconsistent this morning," Bourez said. "But we're lucky to still have waves today, it looks like it's going to be flat for a few days now. I really want to do good in France, it's where it all started for me, I beat Kelly and made the quarters as a wildcard here."© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Damien Hobgood runs at the speed of light. Fact.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Medina and Travis Logie in an allegorical representation of their strengths.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Muniz at the double.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Nat Young lost what appeared from the outside to be closer heat than the scores suggested.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
CJ throwing a fan tail.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
If this was your local you'd be in there so quick the car would be unlocked and your stuff would be hanging out of the boot.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Medina posted the first perfect 10-point ride of the event, a stratospheric full-rotation aerial on his backhand.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Young and his buns of steel.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
It's Kai Otton vs Fredrick Patacchia in Round 3. A battle of two reinvigorated surfers.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Brett Simpson was on the right side of the judges today.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Melling's torque wasn't quite enough.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Alejo Muniz faces a tough heat against Taj Burrow.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
The Quiksilver Pro France restarted this morning in clean 3ft surf at the backup location of Le Penon. The remaining seven heats of Round 2 were completed in playful rights and lefts. Check out the heat review HERE.
Gabriel Medina, past winner of the Quiksilver Pro France in 2011 posted the first perfect 10-point ride of the event, a stratospheric full-rotation aerial on his backhand. The Brazilian prodigy who won the King of the Groms division in 2009 with a perfect heat total of 20, found similarities in the lineup and let his talent show on a fast-running righthander.
“I feel good, I’ve had a couple fun waves,” Medina stated. “Travis was surfing really good so I decided to concentrate on the air cause it’s fun in those small waves, I’m stoked to make it through. It’s cool to watch the King of the groms too now, those guys are ripping and I can relate, I won here a few years ago, an it’s really cool to see.”
Forecast wise the event is headed into a period of very small surf and occasional onshore winds. The swell returns on Wednesday, Oct 2 and should last through till the 5th. There is a high confidence in a new low pressure system likely to deliver solid swell and good conditions, although with a remaining risk of onshore winds. Read the full forecast HERE.
“Travis was surfing really good so I decided to concentrate on the air cause it’s fun in those small waves, I’m stoked to make it through. It’s cool to watch the King of the groms too now, those guys are ripping and I can relate, I won here a few years ago, an it’s really cool to see.” Medina
Kai Otton was another goofy-footer to advance into the third round today. The experienced Australian exploded on his backhand and surfed a beautiful righthander to perfection netting a 9.17 which he quickly backed up with another excellent score of 8.40. Otton is surfing one of his most consistent season on the World Championship Tour, currently occupying the 12th spot which he hadn’t reached since 2007.
“It was a little bit slow out there, inconsistent conditions on the top of the tide,” Otton said. “I wanted to get busy and I almost made a mistake going on the first wave but it was a two-wave set and I got the better of it, so I’m pretty lucky to start with that 9 point ride. Adam is one of my best buddies I travel with him all year so it’s unfortunate to have a heat with him, but he fought back and got a 9 and I was still really nervous right up until the end he’s realy capable of getting an 8.5. The waves just let him down and it went my way so I’m pretty relieved.”
Michel Bourez, current World No.10 and the crowd’s favourite today in Seignosse, escaped a tricky Round 2 situation finding two nice waves right from the start and keeping a very short lead over Damien Hobgood until the final countdown.
But we’re lucky to still have waves today, it looks like it’s going to be flat for a few days now. I really want to do good in France, it’s where it all started for me, I beat Kelly and made the quarters as a wildcard here. It’s good to see Marc and Ramzi coming up and surfing great too, I hope they make it soon I need more friends on tour.Michel Bourez
“It’s really tough out there, waves are small and inconsistent this morning,” Bourez said. “But we’re lucky to still have waves today, it looks like it’s going to be flat for a few days now. I really want to do good in France, it’s where it all started for me, I beat Kelly and made the quarters as a wildcard here. It’s good to see Marc and Ramzi coming up and surfing great too, I hope they make it soon I need more friends on tour. Leo too, who’s just won the Junior European title I’m stoked for him and I hope he continues to do great.”
Brett Simpson drew first blood against fellow Californian Nat Young, starting on a beautiful righthander in the opening minutes of their exchange, to perform critical vertical snaps and carves which earned him an excellent 9.10 out of 10.
“Nat’s been on a tear this season, I knew it was going to be tough but I like these little waves, it’s kind of what I surf a lot at home,” Simpson said. “I was able to sneak that first one, we were battling for position and I wanted to get started. Luckily I did and I surfed it well and I finally got in that coveted 9 club, it’s hard on this tour !”
In his rookie season amongst the Elite, Zietz already locked in two excellent 5th place results and is looking to post another big result to solidify his spot within the top 22 towards requalification for next year’s tour.
“I was definitely scared when I saw him going for the air, but yeah I’m just stoked to get some good waves,” Zietz said. “This is amazing, anyone complaining with the waves today is kind of crazy, this is by far the best QS I’ve ever surfed, I’m just looking at it that way ! Every single contest on the WCT is better, I’m stoked to be on the tour and stoked on my performance, as long as I don’t get last I’m happy.”
UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 9: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs Kieren Perrow (AUS)
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 6: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.80 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 16.17
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.03 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.50
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.77 def. Nat Young (USA) 13.33
Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 17.57 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 14.83
Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) 14.77 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.93
Heat 11: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 17.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.43
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.37
Read all about day one a HERE
Gabriel Medina won, Stephanie Gilmore won. They both won on the same day.
Entry to The Winter Session has closed for this season. The task remains of picking a pair of winners for February, then sorting through all the edits in search of an overall victor.
Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.