With minimal swell lapping up against French breasts on the French beaches this morning, day one of the Quik Pro France has been called a lay-day. This was expected, as the outlook for swell in the coming days looks quite good.
And now for something I didn’t actually expect:
Dane Reynolds is in France.
in a contest.
Yup, you can put him back on your fantasy team now, Dane sightings around Southern France have been confirmed (by twitter. i hate myself too, don’t worry) and it appears as though Mr. Reynolds is ready to return to his spot under the microscope.
Fellow rib-injury enthusiast Jordy Smith will also be competing after a nasty dislocation sidelined him during the Billabong Pro Tahiti last month.
A series of solid swells are marching towards Europe as we speak, so expect the competition to get underway very soon, first call is at 7:45am local time, which is about 10:45pm tonight if you’re on the west coast. Dane will be in heat 4 up against title-hopeful Owen Wright and the borderline insane Chris Davo.
*Local young-gun Marc Lacomare has secured one of the wildcards.
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA), John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kieren Perrow (AUS), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), TBA
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)