Round Three Of France’s WCT Quiksilver Pro

Slater Dominates On Day Of Upsets

Hossegor, France (Friday, October 4) Six-time world champion Kelly Slater(USA) today dominated the Quiksilver Pro France with an outstandingperformance against Taj Burrow (Aus). The US$250,000 World ChampionshipTournament (WCT) recommenced this morning with remaining men’s round twoheats, then moved straight into the third where plenty of upsets transpired.

Perfect 6ft (2m) right-handers were on offer at the main site at Le Nord,with larger sets during some heats. Jet skis were used to assist surfersback out into the lineup in the morning, with defending two-time ASP WorldMasters champion Gary Elkerton (Aus) one of the drivers.

Slater, one of the standouts in the first round, today lifted his game togain revenge over Burrow in a highly anticipated match. After losing to theAustralian in the same round during the South African WCT at Jeffreys Bayearlier this year, the Floridian executed two amazing bottom turn/top turncombinations on his second ride for an 8.0, then slotted into the day’s bestbarrel ride next wave for the highest overall score of the tournament for anear-perfect 9.8 and the best combined total of the round for 17.8-points.

“That barrel was kind of lucky ’cause the tide was getting full,” beganSlater. “As I was paddling for it Taj looked like he wanted it and he wasdeeper, so I thought I better take it so he couldn’t. It was a nice barreland luckily stayed open.

“I owed Taj a couple,” he continued. “He’s got me the last couple of timesI’ve surfed J-Bay, so I wanted to get him back. I actually had a reallyclose one with him out here at Hossegor a couple of years ago that I won, sohe’s got me there and I’ve had him here. Taj is a great surfer and he’salways a threat. You never know if he’s going to bust out a huge air orwhatever. With the judges scoring difficult maneuvers highest, Taj is one ofthe hardest guys to surf against for sure.”

Current ratings leader Andy Irons (Haw) was another to avenge a previousdefeat, eliminating wildcard Troy Brooks (Aus). The Hawaiian lost in roundthree of the Quiksilver Pro in Fiji this year, but remained in control forthe duration of their rematch today. His second wave included a great barrelride the judges awarded a 9.0, and despite some big turns his opponentrequired another score of 9.86-points.

“Payback’s sweet, definitely,” said Irons afterward. “It feels really,really good, just to be out of the 17th (place) round, too. Into the 9thround and the waves are pumping, so it’s looking good.

“That wave was really good,” he continued of his best. “It actually swungwide on his priority, which is when I always seem to get my best waves. Hejust couldn’t get into it and I made the barrel and did a couple turns. I’mjust psyched for the next round.”

Current #41 Luke Hitchings continued his momentum from yesterday’s big winover Shane Powell to eliminate another Australian and current #3 MichaelLowe today. The powerful natural footer carved his way down the line for aheat topping 9.0, advancing to round four and already securing his bestresult of the season.

“I’m feeling really good,” said Hitchings. “I’ve got a great board and thewaves out here are really good. I’m just enjoying it, so hopefully I’ll keepgoing.

“It definitely helps,” he added, of competing in good conditions. “When thewaves are this good it’s so much easier to just enjoy it and relax. You’renot stressing about if another wave is going to come in or not and thattends to help. You need to score nine’s these days to get through, sinceit’s best two, so I’m just going to throw everything at it.”

Current #39 Paul Canning (SAfr) created another upset against current #4Danny Wills (Aus). The South African dominated against Pat O’Connell (USA)in round two this morning, and then opened his account versus Wills with abrilliant 9.0 to set the pace.

“It’s insane,” began an extremely happy Canning. “Ione morning I’vealready moved up a few places, so I’m stoked. I was lucky that wide set cameand I was right in the spot. I opened with a nine, but I still knew it wasgoing to be a hard heat. Willsy could easily get the score he needed, butthankfully it went flat for a while. The waves are like we had at Trestles(CA, USA) a couple of weeks ago. Really glassy, long rights and justperfect.”

Current #36 Beau Emerton (Aus) secured his best result this year byeliminating Shane Dorian (Haw) and then current #5 Joel Parkinson (Aus) in anail-biting round three match. In what was a fairly slow heat for waves,Parkinson led until the final minutes, when Emerton posted the best ride fora 7.5. Despite catching another ride in the dying seconds, the winner of theQuiksilver Pro at the start of the year in Australia, earned a 4.9 whenneeding a 5.01 score.

“I sat out there for so long and was riding a bigger board as I wanted tocatch those set waves,” explained Emerton. “Nothing came through, butfortunately I caught one at the end. Joel got another, but missed out bytenth of a point. It’s happened to me a bunch, so I’ll take it (laughs).This is the furthest I’ve gone all year. I feel my surfing’s up to scratch,but I haven’t had a lucky run. Good to have some of the pressure off now, soyou never know what’s going to happen.”

Current #35 Maz Quinn (NZ) continued the trend of upsets, posting a 9.0 todefeat Fabio Gouveia (Brz) and then eliminated current #8 Cory Lopez (USA)in round three. The ‘Kiwi’ opened with a 7.5, before moving down to adifferent peak and capitalizing on the increasing tide. Lopez trailed by8.76-points.

“Stoked to be getting waves in my heats,” began Quinn. “Finally seems to becoming together, for this contest anyway. It’s giving me confidence that allI need to do is catch waves, so hopefully it keeps happening. I reallyneeded this result.”

Current #43 Neco Padaratz (Brz) advanced past 1999 world champion andcurrent #7 Mark Occhilupo (Aus). Although ‘Occy’ posted the best ride of theheat for 7.75-points on a rare lefthander 20-minutes into the match, henever found anything to support it and lost needing another worth 5.91. ForPadaratz, who missed three events earlier this year due to a herniated discin his back, the win was a big boost.

“I’m such a big fan of Occy and have so much respect for him,” admittedPadaratz. “It’s always good to survive a heat like that. It was pleasure tobe out there with him and I really need this result. I’m not feeling 100percent and can still feel a lot of pain. Just trying to see how far I cango.

“It’s sad,” he added, of the lack of waves during their clash. “I wish itcould have been earlier in the day so we could have had a really good heattogether. I know he’s sad and has a reason to be now, but it was just luckyfor me out there. You have to be ready for anything in a heat, even notgetting waves.”

Current #31 Guilherme Herdy (Brz) won the last heat of the day over #10 MickFanning (Aus). The Brazilian swung the lead toward the end, giving hisfellow countrymen in the contest site something to scream about as the sunset on a long day at the Quiksilver Pro France.

Quiksilver, in association with Ocean Surf Report, has set up a Hotline thatwill inform the public about which contest site has been chosen for the day.This will be effective as of 8am every morning, on: +33-(0)-892-681-360,then press #1.

Official results in the men’s Quiksilver Pro France round three (1st > Rnd
4; 2nd=17th received US$4,000)
H1: Paul Canning (SAfr) 17.35 def. Daniel Wills (Aus) 15.25
H2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.8 def. Taj Burrow (Aus) 11.5
H3: Michael Campbell (Aus) 13.75 def. Peterson Rosa (Brz) 13.25
H4: Luke Hitchings (Aus) 16.75 def. Michael Lowe (Aus) 9.35
H5: Maz Quinn (NZ) 15.25 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 12.5
H6: Kalani Robb (Haw) 14.0 def. Nathan Webster (Aus) 12.5
H7: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.05 def. Nathan Hedge (Aus) 11.4
H8: Andy Irons (Haw) 15.25 def. Troy Brooks (Aus) 10.75
H9: Neco Padaratz (Brz) 13.65 def. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 8.15
H10: Richard Lovett (Aus) 15.25 def. Dean Morrison (Aus) 13.35
H11: Beau Emerton (Aus) 12.25 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 12.15
H12: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.35 def. Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 14.0
H13: CJ Hobgood (USA) 15.9 def. Paulo Moura (Brz) 10.25
H14: Jake Paterson (Aus) 15.9 def. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.25
H15: Luke Egan (Aus) 15.25 def. Russell Winter (UK) 14.9
H16: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 14.8 def. Mick Fanning (Aus) 14.65

Round two (1st > Rnd 3; 2nd=33rd received US$3,000)
H11: Paul Canning (SAfr) 17.1 def. Pat O’Connell (USA) 13.8
H12: Russell Winter (UK) 13.5 def. Lee Winkler (Aus) 13.25
H13: Beau Emerton (Aus) 14.75 def. Shane Dorian (Haw) 13.0
H14: Maz Quinn (NZ) 16.25 def. Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 13.0
H15: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 12.5 def. Greg Emslie (SAfr) 12.5 (8.0 beat 6.5
tie)
H16: Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 15.25 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 9.75

For more information:

Jesse FaenMedia Director, ASP Int’ljesse@aspworldtour.comwww.aspworldtour.comMobile (on-site): +33-(0)-6-0934-6475ASP Int’l office (Aus): +617-5599-1550

Phil Jarratt, Quiksilver Europephil.jarratt@quiksilver-europe.comPh: +33-0-5-5951-5782

French MediaCathy @ AOP: +33-0-6-1404-1716payerne@club-internet.fr

Simon Wootton, Quiksilver Europe MediaSimon.Wootton@quiksilver-europe.com

Digital images will be available free of charge from Pierre Tostee/ASP:tostee@aspworldtour.com

11.4
H8: Andy Irons (Haw) 15.25 def. Troy Brooks (Aus) 10.75
H9: Neco Padaratz (Brz) 13.65 def. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 8.15
H10: Richard Lovett (Aus) 15.25 def. Dean Morrison (Aus) 13.35
H11: Beau Emerton (Aus) 12.25 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 12.15
H12: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.35 def. Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 14.0
H13: CJ Hobgood (USA) 15.9 def. Paulo Moura (Brz) 10.25
H14: Jake Paterson (Aus) 15.9 def. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.25
H15: Luke Egan (Aus) 15.25 def. Russell Winter (UK) 14.9
H16: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 14.8 def. Mick Fanning (Aus) 14.65

Round two (1st > Rnd 3; 2nd=33rd received US$3,000)
H11: Paul Canning (SAfr) 17.1 def. Pat O’Connell (USA) 13.8
H12: Russell Winter (UK) 13.5 def. Lee Winkler (Aus) 13.25
H13: Beau Emerton (Aus) 14.75 def. Shane Dorian (Haw) 13.0
H14: Maz Quinn (NZ) 16.25 def. Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 13.0
H15: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 12.5 def. Greg Emslie (SAfr) 12.5 (8.0 beat 6.5
tie)
H16: Flavio Padaratz (Brz) 15.25 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 9.75

For more information:

Jesse FaenMedia Director, ASP Int’ljesse@aspworldtour.comwww.aspworldtour.comMobile (on-site): +33-(0)-6-0934-6475ASP Int’l office (Aus): +617-5599-1550

Phil Jarratt, Quiksilver Europephil.jarratt@quiksilver-europe.comPh: +33-0-5-5951-5782

French MediaCathy @ AOP: +33-0-6-1404-1716payerne@club-internet.fr

Simon Wootton, Quiksilver Europe MediaSimon.Wootton@quiksilver-europe.com

Digital images will be available free of charge from Pierre Tostee/ASP:tostee@aspworldtour.com