The Quiksilver Pro France was full of breathtaking action today as some top competitors were eliminated and shocking upsets arose. With heavy and unrelenting sets on offer at La Graviere, event wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) eliminated ASP WCT No.1 ranked Australian competitor, Mick Fanning.
“That was a tough heat,” Reynolds said. “I was nervous… coming up against Mick (Fanning) in kind of tense conditions. The peaks are all over the place and unfortunately for Mick (Fanning), he was out of rhythm and broke his board. It’s not easy out there. There’s obviously no pressure on myself to get a result here like Mick, but I still want to perform and surf well.”
Through tough conditions, Reynolds managed to cause an uproar on the beach as he free-fell and dropped into the fourth perfect 10 of the entire event.
“There are better waves out there,” Reynolds said. “Right towards the end, I was only 10 feet from a much better wave than that, but they’re extremely difficult to find. I feel really fortunate to have even found little head dips out there, because it’s really challenging.”
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ASP WCT No. 6 powerhouse, Taj Burrow (AUS), was eliminated in a major upset today by 18-year-old Californian, Kolohe Andino (USA).
“I’m really stoked to get through that heat,” Andino said. “Taj (Burrow) has been one of my favorite surfers for so long and he’s so deadly in these conditions. I was really lucky that a backup score didn’t come to him and I was able to find that pretty good one at the end. The fourth round is the best of my year so far, so I’m just excited to keep going.”
In a controversial heat in Round 3 of competition, Brazilian competitor Miguel Pupo took down Australia’s Julian Wilson, despite his near perfect 10.
“I’m super thankful that wave came through,” Pupo said. “The conditions are really fun and there are good barrels out there. Julian (Wilson) had that really good one, but couldn’t find a second one. I had a pretty okay first one and then got that good right at the end. Really stoked to get through and hopefully the barrels keep on coming.”
Joel Parkinson (AUS) battled San Clemente native, Patrick Gudauskas (USA), in a low scoring heat in Round 3 and came out on top through his defensive tactics.
“They’re really tricky conditions,” Parkinson said. “I saw Dane (Reynolds) get a 10 and I wanted to try and find one like that, but I figured every other heat has been quite low scoring. So if you get a 7, it’s like a 9, and you get a 3 or a 4; the rest of the heat I just played defense trying to keep him off anything. It was a tricky heat with not a lot of waves, but loads of paddling. It doesn’t matter in these conditions who you draw – anyone can beat anybody.”
Competition will resume with Owen Wright (AUS) against Fredrick Patacchia (HAW).
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QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE REMAINING ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 8: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.67 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.93
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.33 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 1.83
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.17 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 7.37
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) 19.33 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.50
Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.76 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.40
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)