Both CJ Hobgood and Mick Fanning got back on track over at the Quiksilver pro in France, getting through their Round Two (losers round) heats in dominating fashion. Fanning’s was sent to the losers round after an especially close shave in Round One. In that heat, all three competitors ended up within a one point range, but Fanning was stuck right in the middle between Kekoa Bacalso of Hawaii, who finished thrid, and Wild Card Patrick Beven of France, who won that heat.
Hobgood was still rattled by his board swiping incident during Round One, but has apparently shaken it off, having secured an alternate board. The alternate was a board he gave and signed for the guys at Euro Glass last year. Given his crisis, they were cool with him borrowing it off the wall.
Damien Hobgood ripping his way straight into Round Three during his first heat at the Quik Pro in France. CJ had a tougher time working his way to Round Three after his boards were stolen. Apparently, he had a tough time finding somebody who who’s similar in size, weight, and surfing ability who rides similar boards…hmm. Photo: ASP/Scholtz via Getty Images.
Hobgood had a close one against Alain Riou of Tahiti, but came out ahead. While Fanning dusted Gabriel Villaran in his second round heat. There was a big upset though, with Adriano de Souza finally getting shot down early by a pumped up Phillip MacDaonald. Macca looked solid in the punchy beachbreak, as he usually does when there’s some juice flowing.
Notable survivors of Round Two include Bobby Martinez, Fred Patacchia and Bede Durbidge. But both Timmy Reyes and Chris Ward were eliminated. The event is on hold today.
Round Three Match Ups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Phillip MacDonald (AUS)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 6: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Dustin Barca (HAW)
Heat 7: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Patrick Beven (FRA)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)
Heat 13: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 14: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 15: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)