Day Four Of The Quiksilver Pro France

October 9, 2003 (Hossegor, France) Local French wildcard Patrick Bevencreated a sensation today by eliminating world #2 Joel Parkinson (GoldCoast, Aus) from the Quiksilver Pro France. All remaining round three heatsof the US$250,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) were completed at themain site of La Graviere.

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Difficult 4-6 ft (1.3-2m) waves were on offer, with tidal changes affectingthe lineup throughout the day. Good barrels proved the sought aftercommodities.

Beven, who finished runner-up in the Quiksilver Pro Trials for a main eventberth, turned his opportunity into gold by overcoming one of the toughestopponents. While Parkinson began strongly with an 8.17 ride, he thenstruggled to find another of merit, despite Beven’s ability to pick off twofantastic barrels. His first earned an 8.0, and then he sealed the massivevictory with a deep inside tube and 9.33 score.

“It was a great heat,” began an overwhelmed Beven. “I tried to stay relaxedas I knew he could have scored a nine to come back. He surfs so good, butwas waiting for the waves to do maneuvers, so I stayed on the inside andlooked for barrels. I knew if I got one I could earn a big score.

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“To beat Joel Parkinson, for me, is very important,” he continued. “I thinkEuropean surfers are getting better and better, so we try to do the best wecan. We know we can beat these guys, but contests are a game and you have toplay it. I had nothing to lose.”

Six-time world champ Kelly Slater (FL, USA) was at his best, posting thefirst perfect 10-point ride of the Quiksilver Pro France, and then thehighest combined total so far with a 19.3 tally. Against wildcard TroyBrooks (Aus), the Floridian was in his element as he emerged from barrelafter barrel. His best ride showcased a couple of re-entries, a longfloater, incredible backdoor tube ride, and then another closeout floater asthe beach erupted in applause. Brooks attempted one ‘Superman Air’ for someof his own attention, but ultimately the wildcard required a combination ofscores worth 19.31-points.

“I didn’t expect that,” admitted Slater afterward, surrounded by media andfans. “The waves were just perfect for hitting the lip and doing facecarves, and there were barrels as well. I just feel my technique is reallyon this year.

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“Troy is a tough competitor,” he continued. “He’s not on the tour, but hecan get the big scores and throw out huge maneuvers. You’ve got to watchout, as he might pull a ‘Superman’ like he tried in the heat. It just wentmy way with being in sync with the waves.

“I had a couple of 10’s in Tahiti and one at J-Bay (SAfr), so that was myfourth for the year (laughs).”

Reigning world champ Andy Irons (Kauai, Haw) overcame his recent voodoo oflosing to wildcards by eliminating local French surfer Frederick Robin.Irons, who had lost his previous two WCT’s in round three, picked off agreat 8.17 ride near the start, and though he didn’t secure another highscore, neither did his opponent. Robin surfed great on the waves he caught,but ultimately required another ride worth 7.18-points.

“The waves were good, but I had a hard time finding a second ride,” beganIrons. “I kept getting in the wrong zone. Fred got me in the first round, sohe could have easily blown up. I’m glad he didn’t get another good waveeither. It was lucky for me and too bad for him.

“I’m just stoked to be out of the wildcard rounds,” he continued. “That’sthe hardest thing for me. I’ve lost to them in the last two contest, so it’sgood to be against guys I surf with all year now, as I know a little morewhat to expect.”

Mick Campbell (Port Macquarie, Aus) completely dominated his match overfellow Australian Nathan Hedge (Narrabeen). He opened with a great 9.17ride, before locking in a near-perfect 9.5 on his next righthander. Thegoofy footer collected the second highest combined total of the day withcommitted maneuvers in the testing conditions. He’llext face Irons inround four.

“There was a bit of luck involved, but I knew the tide was coming in so Isat in a bit further and was right in the spot when they came,” explainedCampbell. “They walled up really well and I had fun.”

Phil MacDonald turned on the goods to eliminate 1999 world champ MarkOcchilupo in a fierce all-Australian battle. Occhilupo started strongly witha 7.67, but his opponent answered back with an 8.5 and then heat winning7.83 toward the end. The powerful natural footer held nothing back as heattacked the righthanders, and the judges appreciated his efforts.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said MacDonald afterward. “I was sitting outthere for so long wanting to get a good wave, and was a little frustrated. Ihad to go for it once I caught those waves. I knew I needed a 6.3 when I gotmy last wave, and I was pretty pumped up after scoring an eight. I tried toput the pressure back on Occ and it paid off.”

Brazilian Peterson Rosa won a narrow match over fellow countryman PauloMoura. The natural footer fought back after his opponent’s strong start, andwill now face Slater in round four of the Quiksilver Pro France tomorrow.

“Paulo Moura is a young, tough Brazilian,” began Rosa, of his opponent. “Herips here, but I had a good heat against him. I had a lot of patience towait for the good waves and am stoked to beat him. Now I’ve got Slater, so Ihave to surf good to beat him. It’s good, as if I beat him I’ll have moreconfidence.”

Another decision will be made tomorrow morning by 8:30am (local time), withorganizers expecting to resume with round four heats at Hossegor.

Remaining Quiksilver Pro Round Three Heats (1st>Rnd4; 2nd=17th receivesUS$4,000)

H5: Michael Lowe (Aus) 14.0 def. Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 9.67
H7: Michael Campbell (Aus) 18.67 def. Nathan Hedge (Aus) 11.17
H8: Andy Irons (Haw) 13.17 def. Frederick Robin (Fra) 11.2
H9: Patrick Beven (Fra) 17.33 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 14.84
H10: Trent Munro (Aus) 13.67 def. Victor Ribas (Brz) 10.5
H11: Beau Emerton (Aus) 13.57 def. Luke Egan (Aus) 10.93
H12: Phillip MacDonald (Aus) 16.33 def. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 14.84
H13: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.3 def. Troy Brooks (Aus) 11.17
H14: Peterson Rosa (Brz) 15.37 def. Paulo Moura (Brz) 15.1
H15: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 12.83 def. Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 11.93
H16: Shea Lopez (USA) 15.17 def. Armando Daltro (Brz) 12.93
H6: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.0 def. Chris Davidson (Aus) 13.1
October 9, 2003 (Hossegor, France) Australian Chelsea Georgeson todaydefeated five-time world champion Layne Beachley to win the Roxy Pro France.The US$60,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) resumed this morning withquarterfinal heats, progressed through the semifinals and then climaxed withthe grand finale.

Good 4-6 ft (1.3-2m) waves were on offer, though conditions remaineddifficult due to tide changes and strong currents. A beautiful sunny daygreeted the strong beach crowd at the main site of La Graviere.

Georgeson – the 2002 ASP Rookie of the Year – commenced her maiden WCT finaldetermined to win. The 19-year-old committed herself to a huge backhandbarrel first wave, and despite being smashed at the end of a long tube,paddled back out with a slender lead she continued to improve upon. Puttingher backhand attack through its paces, she soon collected a 6.17, and thenthe finals’ top single score of 7-points, following a series of re-entriesand a closeout floater.

By winning the Roxy Pro France, she jumped into third position on theratings, collected US$10,000 and is now well within range of this year’sworld title. With only one event remaining at Honolua Bay, Maui-Haw, thiscoming December, Georgeson is only 60-points behind leader Keala Kennelly(Kauai, Haw).

“I’m so stoked and can’t believe it,” began an elated Georgeson. “I’ve had acouple of heats against Layne before and never beaten her, so it’s so goodto beat her in a final. The waves were pretty tough, but I found a couplewith open faces. I’d made a couple of quarters and a semifinal last year, soI’ve just been trying to hack away at it. I’m so happy to make a final foronce.

“Oh my gosh,” she responded, when informed of her world title possibility.”Well, I guess it’s going to come down to Maui. I didn’t even know I was inthe running, but that’s something to look forward to. Hawaii’s going to beall on.”

Beachley – the defending Roxy Pro France champion – played catch-upthroughout the 30-minute decider. Despite failing to post any high scores,she remained in contention needing an 8.5 to win, though it wasn’t to be.Nonetheless, she achieved her main goal of narrowing the ratings margin andis now only 36-points shy of the mark.

“It was really difficult to read the conditions, but Chelsea did perfectlyand picked the right waves and out surfed me,” said Beachley. “She deservedto win that one and is always a tough competitor to come up against. I’mobviously disappointed, but happy I’ve kept the world title race open. We’regoing into Hawaii with a really exciting race. There are five girls incontention, so once again it will come down to the Billabong Pro at Honoluaand hopefully we get really good waves.”

Equal third were Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) and Heather Clark (SAfr). MacKenziestopped local French wildcard Emmanuelle Joly this morning, but was unableto continue her run past Georgeson in the semifinals. The Australian spentmuch of the heat paddling, and was searching for another 7.84 ride.

“I had a little bit of a shocker out there then,” admitted MacKenzie. “I gotstuck in the current for ages and I also had some oil on my foot, but I wasjust stoked to make it past the quarterfinals, as I haven’t for a while.It’s good to make a semi. I saw Chelsea’s best wave, but I knew I couldcomeback if I got another wave, but I couldn’t get back out into the lineupand my arms felt like jelly.”

Clark – who was sitting just behind Beachley on the ratings prior to theirsemifinal – remained in contention throughout, but was unable to find a low3.84 ride toward the end. Despite posting the best single score of 7.5 inthe heat, she lost the narrow decider and now heads to the final WCT eventin fourth position.

“It was a tough one and Layne’s always really hard to beat,” said Clark.”Being close to her on the ratings was on my mind too, and obviously Iwanted to win. She got the better of it though, and I was a little mixed upwith who was leading at one point. I thought I was, and let her take a goodwave when I had priority. I stuffed up, but I’m really happy with a third.I’ll just have to train really hard for the last event in Hawaii.”

Finishing equal fifth in the Roxy Pro France today were Megan Abubo (Haw),wildcard Joly, Samantha Cornish (Aus) and last year’s runner-up SofiaMulanovich (Peru). The Peruvian also retains a slender shot at this year’sworld title, lying in fifth position on the current ratings heading into thefinal tournament.

Roxy Pro France Final Results
1st Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 13.17 – US$10,000
2nd Layne Beachley (Aus) 7.84 – US$6,000

Semifinals (1st>Final; 2nd=3rd receives US$4,000)SF1: Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 13.33 def. Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) 9.07
SF2: Layne Beachley (Aus) 11.34 def. Heather Clark (SAfr) 11.33

Quarterfinals (1st>Semifinals; 2nd=5th receives US$3,000)
QF1: Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 10.83 def. Megan Abubo (Haw) 5.84
QF2: Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) 14.34 def. Emmanuelle Joly (Fra) 11.4
QF3: Layne Beachley (Aus) 11.93 def. Samantha Cornish (Aus) 8.9
QF4: Heather Clark (SAfr) 15.2 def. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 13.74

Current Ratings Top Five (all still have 2003 world title chance)
1. Keala Kennelly (Haw) 3,120
2. Layne Beachley (Aus) 3,084
3. Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 3,060
4. Heather Clark (SAfr) 2,844
5. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 2,424
h, but I found a couplewith open faces. I’d made a couple of quarters and a semifinal last year, soI’ve just been trying to hack away at it. I’m so happy to make a final foronce.

“Oh my gosh,” she responded, when informed of her world title possibility.”Well, I guess it’s going to come down to Maui. I didn’t even know I was inthe running, but that’s something to look forward to. Hawaii’s going to beall on.”

Beachley – the defending Roxy Pro France champion – played catch-upthroughout the 30-minute decider. Despite failing to post any high scores,she remained in contention needing an 8.5 to win, though it wasn’t to be.Nonetheless, she achieved her main goal of narrowing the ratings margin andis now only 36-points shy of the mark.

“It was really difficult to read the conditions, but Chelsea did perfectlyand picked the right waves and out surfed me,” said Beachley. “She deservedto win that one and is always a tough competitor to come up against. I’mobviously disappointed, but happy I’ve kept the world title race open. We’regoing into Hawaii with a really exciting race. There are five girls incontention, so once again it will come down to the Billabong Pro at Honoluaand hopefully we get really good waves.”

Equal third were Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) and Heather Clark (SAfr). MacKenziestopped local French wildcard Emmanuelle Joly this morning, but was unableto continue her run past Georgeson in the semifinals. The Australian spentmuch of the heat paddling, and was searching for another 7.84 ride.

“I had a little bit of a shocker out there then,” admitted MacKenzie. “I gotstuck in the current for ages and I also had some oil on my foot, but I wasjust stoked to make it past the quarterfinals, as I haven’t for a while.It’s good to make a semi. I saw Chelsea’s best wave, but I knew I couldcomeback if I got another wave, but I couldn’t get back out into the lineupand my arms felt like jelly.”

Clark – who was sitting just behind Beachley on the ratings prior to theirsemifinal – remained in contention throughout, but was unable to find a low3.84 ride toward the end. Despite posting the best single score of 7.5 inthe heat, she lost the narrow decider and now heads to the final WCT eventin fourth position.

“It was a tough one and Layne’s always really hard to beat,” said Clark.”Being close to her on the ratings was on my mind too, and obviously Iwanted to win. She got the better of it though, and I was a little mixed upwith who was leading at one point. I thought I was, and let her take a goodwave when I had priority. I stuffed up, but I’m really happy with a third.I’ll just have to train really hard for the last event in Hawaii.”

Finishing equal fifth in the Roxy Pro France today were Megan Abubo (Haw),wildcard Joly, Samantha Cornish (Aus) and last year’s runner-up SofiaMulanovich (Peru). The Peruvian also retains a slender shot at this year’sworld title, lying in fifth position on the current ratings heading into thefinal tournament.

Roxy Pro France Final Results
1st Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 13.17 – US$10,000
2nd Layne Beachley (Aus) 7.84 – US$6,000

Semifinals (1st>Final; 2nd=3rd receives US$4,000)SF1: Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 13.33 def. Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) 9.07
SF2: Layne Beachley (Aus) 11.34 def. Heather Clark (SAfr) 11.33

Quarterfinals (1st>Semifinals; 2nd=5th receives US$3,000)
QF1: Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 10.83 def. Megan Abubo (Haw) 5.84
QF2: Lynette MacKenzie (Aus) 14.34 def. Emmanuelle Joly (Fra) 11.4
QF3: Layne Beachley (Aus) 11.93 def. Samantha Cornish (Aus) 8.9
QF4: Heather Clark (SAfr) 15.2 def. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 13.74

Current Ratings Top Five (all still have 2003 world title chance)
1. Keala Kennelly (Haw) 3,120
2. Layne Beachley (Aus) 3,084
3. Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 3,060
4. Heather Clark (SAfr) 2,844
5. Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 2,424