Quiksilver Pro France: Event Preview And Editor Picks
What: The 10th running of the 2011 Quiksilver Pro France. Stop #8 of 11 on the ASP World Tour.
Where: From St Jean De Luz to Seignosse and passing by Capbreton and Hossegor, is 60 kilometers of coast, which offer optimum conditions for the best surfers in the world. The competition will be run at the very best spots in one of the 4 municipalities thanks to a mobile site.
When: October 4-13, 2011.
Who: The ASP Top 34 plus two wildcards (one being Quiksilver's Marc Lacomare). And no, we don't know if Dane will show up—but you can bet Bobby Martinez won't.
For the tenth year in a row the world's best will gather in the southwest of France for the annual kickoff to the European leg of the tour. For the last two years in a row Mick Fanning has dominated the event, but this is a different year with new blood and new rivalries. If Fanning wants to make it a three-peat he's going to have to get past current points leader Kelly Slater, world #2 Owen Wright, and a slew of revved up rookies. Watch it all live at quiksilverlive.com/profrance2011.
TransWorld SURF Editor Picks
Editor In Chief Chris Coté
Winner: Owen Wilson, I mean, Owen Wright. Actually, um, Kelly Slater. Actually, screw all of you, I'm going my own way and I'm gonna say that Heitor Alves is gonna do a bunch of full rotation 54o airs in your faces and win that shit!
Shocker: Owen and Kelly will be spotted staggering out of Rock Food (a famous surf bar in Hossegor) at 3:00 a.m. Arm over each other shoulders like drunk sailors. Each holding expensive bottles of French wine, slurring, singing in French with purple teeth. Steve Sherman will get the photo of it; I will be at home wishing I were there.
Who Will Rip: Gabriel Medina has had some pretty impressive runs in the French beachies, so he'll rip. Julian Wilson will make at least the semis. Jeremy Flores will ride the wave of national pride to the semis. And Matt Wilkinson will have the best time out of everyone in and out of the water.
Who Will Slip: Hands will slip across naked breasts. If you're in France surfing, you are not slipping, you are ruling.
Managing Editor Casey Koteen
Winner: Taj Burrow will get his first win of the year. He's been the most in form surfer for most of this year, it's about time he got a W.
Shocker: Brazilian super grom and new World Tour member Gabriel Medina will make the semis. He's racked up two perfect heat scores in France, once a few years back in the King Of The Groms final, and then again last year in a WQS.
Who Will Rip: So far the forecast looks like it's not going to be bombing, so those with maximum fin wafting ability will be ruling shit.
Who will Slip: Hopefully either Owen or Kelly so we don't get a four-peat.
Photo Editor Aaron Checkwood
Winner: Mick Fanning. Why not? I think Mick's secretly French and does well in his home country.
Shocker: No Kelly/Owen final. Something's wrong if they go again.
Who will Rip: Jeremy Flores. Him and his country mate Mick love that home field advantage.
Who will Slip: In a perfect world Kelly would slip so we can have a close finish in Hawaii.
Online Editor Justin Coté
Winner: Julian Wilson. If he can fend off the ladies and focus on the surf, surfing's Golden Boy will take get his maiden win on the World Tour.
Shocker: Wilko will pull less tail than he did in New York.
Who Will Rip: John John loves French beachies. So does Taj, Fanning, Bourez, and ripping Frenchman Jeremy Flores.
Who Will Slip: Unlike these other knuckleheads, I've yet to get on board the Gabriel Median train, His airs are amazing but I think he's too light on his feet to do big boy turns.
Associate Editor Zander Morton
Winner: Kelly Slater or Owen Wright. At this point it's 50/50 right?
Shocker: It'll be a huge shocker if Kelly or Owen fails to make the final. No one would see that coming.
Who Will Rip: Gabriel Medina. He's lethal in French beachbreak.
Who Will Slip: Parko is currently clinging to title contention, but after France, it'll be a two horse race to the finish.
2011 Quiksilver Pro France Schedule Of Events
MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER
MOSKOVA Trials (waiting period from Oct 1st to 3rd)
King of the Groms World Final (1st Round)
TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Quiksilver Pro France waiting period start
THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER
7pm The Very Small Orchestra – Concert at the Capbreton Boardriders
FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER
8pm DC All in Show : FMX/BMX Big Air with Robbie Maddison & Dave Mirra
Mus & Manaré concert – Place des Landais/HOSSEGOR
SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER
8pm/1am Concerts – Place des Landais/HOSSEGOR
Charlotte O’ Connor
The Bewitched Hands
Stuck in the Sound
Pony Pony Run Run DJ set
SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER
11pm QPF Xth anniversary Party – Rock Food/HOSSEGOR
TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER
1/8pm Enjoy and Care Trophy – Golf de Biarritz
THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER
End of Quiksilver Pro France & King of the Groms World Final waiting period.
7pm Peau de Bete with Tania Young – Concert at the Capbreton Boardriders
10pm Moskova Closing Party (Last day of the contest) – Café de Paris + Rock Food/HOSSEGOR