The Quiksilver Pro France resumed yesterday with the third round of competition at the main site of La Graviere after four consecutive lay days because of small surf. The expected 4–6-foot swell built overnight and produced quality barrels at the iconic La Graviere in Hossegor.
Event No 8 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France will play a vital role in both the ASP World Title race and the requalification campaigns of surfers in the Elite Top 34.
‘We took our time this morning to really analyse the conditions,’ said Micky Picon, contest director. ‘We really wanted to make sure there are enough waves with scoring potential for surfers out there. We saw a few really nice barrels out there. It’s going to be a lot of work but we’ve decided to start the third round and put the fourth on standby.’
The Gold Coast’s Mick Fanning advanced to Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro France. In Heat 6 of Round 3 Fanning, the current ASP World Tour ratings leader, left it till the last wave of the heat to score the points he required to take victory.
With a heat total of 13.34 points (out of a possible 20.00) Fanning defeated event wildcard Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) and advanced into Round 4 of the competition.
Coolangatta’s Joel Parkinson advanced into Round 4 of the event defeating Patrick Gudauskas (USA).
The Quiksilver Pro France is scheduled from September 26 till October 6 and will be webcast LIVE via http://quiksilverlive.com/profrance/2013.
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)
The Quiksilver Pro France is stop eight of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour and has a waiting period from September 26 till October 6, 2013.
IMAGE CREDIT: © ASP/ Cestari
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelly Cestari