To say France was firing today would be an understatement. Les tubes! We love France! 20 heats were run today and the ASP couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The world’s top pros were getting some of the best barrels they’ve gotten on tour this year.
With an early heat against Brett Simpson, Dane Reynolds faltered a bit and was eventually knocked out—not to say that Simpo’s surfing wasn’t incredible, because it was.
If that doesn’t surprise you enough, it’s been the Australian Dan Ross who has been one of the top standouts the last two days. Yes, Dan Ross, number 31 in the world. He’s been coming out of some of the deepest barrels and has already put up his best World Tour result to date just by reaching the quarters. Whether or not he can hang with Simpo is yet to be seen though. But in Dan’s Round 4 match-up against Owen Wright, it was quite the board breaking affair. Owen snapped three boards and didn’t have a fourth, having to head back out on the ski the last time on a Tom Whitaker board. Dan also broke one himself that heat but after taking out both Taj and Owen today (and Bobby Martinez yesterday), we’re sure Mr. Ross will sacrifice that one board for performances like that.
Surely the wave of the day though went to Mr. Kieren Perrow, who nearly saw his end on tour weeks ago after not making the cut at Teahupoo, only to be awarded an injury wildcard days later. Against Jadson Andre in Round 5 Kieren pulled into a dark, cavernous gurgler and disappeared for what seemed like minutes. Seconds later he appeared and was given a 9.73 (second highest score of the contest) and sent Jadson home packing.
Of course, Kelly, Mick, and Jordy were all on point today, and this thing seems to be turning into a three-man race. But it’s still only October 1st, and Mick and Jordy have a pivotal match-up in the quarters. Stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for full coverage this weekend as the remaining seven heats are run and a 2010 Quiksilver Pro champion is crowned. Vive les tubes!—Ryan Brower
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QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Daniel Ross (AUS) 16.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.33
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) 8.77 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 7.23
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.34 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.30
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.27 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 6.23
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.00 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 8.83
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.53 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.60
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.84 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 2.60
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.60
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.67 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.77
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 8.90 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.10
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.50 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.66
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.27 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 5.50
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Brett Simpson (USA) 10.67, Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.53, Taylor Knox (USA) 6.40
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.20, Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.63, Owen Wright (AUS) 9.26
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.40, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.37, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6.73
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.93, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 7.10, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 2.83
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Dan Ross (AUS) 15.07 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.50
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.30 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.23 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.86
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 2.97
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
QF 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
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