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Mick Fanning’s Back-to-Back

Posted by: on September 28th, 2009
Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 2, has claimed the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 2, has claimed the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

SEIGNOSSE, France -– Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has just claimed his second consecutive ASP Dream Tour event, taking out the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange over fellow Finalist Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in punchy one-to-three foot (0.5 – 1 metre) waves at Les Bourdaines.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France opted to utilize today’s swell to complete the event given the dismal surf forecast for the remainder of the waiting period. Despite today’s challenging conditions, the world’s best surfers executed well, blending their rapid-fire approach with progressive fin-free and aerial surfing.

Fanning continued to build momentum through the final day of competition before erupting in the Final with a flurry of excellent scoring rides, a 7.83, an 8.83 and a 7.33 in the opening half of the competition.

“I was really fortunate to get those couple of good ones at the start because I really ran out of gas there at the end,” Fanning said. “It’s two back-to-back events where I have had to surf four heats on the final day to get the win and it takes a lot out of you. The conditions were deteriorating and I was fortunate to get those scores on the board early on.”

Today’s victory marks the second in a row for Fanning, having proven victorious in Southern California last week. The win further cements Fanning in second position on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, cutting the distance between himself and frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, from 936 points (pre-France) to a scant 146 points heading into Spain.

“It’s back on,” Fanning said. “Everyone though Joel (Parkinson) was going to run away with it and it’s unfortunate for him that he fell out early, but I’ve put in a lot of work to get these last two wins and I’m just psyched on heading into the rest of the season.”

Durbidge was in excellent form throughout the final day of competition, eliminating a rampaging Dane Reynolds (USA), 24, compatriot Ben Dunn (AUS), 23, and lethal local Patrick Beven (FRA), 31, en route to the Final. Although surfing well, the big Australian couldn’t overcome Fanning’s speed in the trying conditions.

“I felt good and fit as but I was trying to push my turns too hard on a couple of waves and I was caught in the bump a lot so I guess that’s the difference from the other heats today,” Durbidge said. “The conditions were a bit bumpier and I couldn’t get any clean sections out there. It feels good to be in the Final though, it’s the best I’ve done this year and coming from a 3rd at Trestles, it is petty good.””

Durbidge’s Runner-Up finish rockets him from 7th to 4th on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, placing him in solid position heading into the remainder of the year.

“That’s good news (ratings jump) but my goal is just to finish the year off good and be in a good position to start next year,” Durbidge said. “I would like to finish the year inside the Top 5 for sure so I hope to keep things rolling.”

Tiago Pires (PRT), 29, ASP Dream Tour sophomore, halted what many considered to be the juggernaut of the event when he eliminated reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in the Quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro France.

“I’m over the moon right now,” Pires said. “Kelly (Slater) is my favorite surfer and I have so much respect for him. I knew I had to wait for the bigger waves to get the scores to beat him. I’ve had a really tough year, but have been training very hard for this and I’m so happy to get through.”

While the Floridian opened up with some fluid-yet-explosive surfing on his backhand to amass a daunting 17.43 out of a possible 20 heat total, it was Pires who would answer back with a 9.57 followed by a 8.13 to take the heat.

“After I put up that first big score, I was still needing another really big one so I knew I had to wait,” Pires said. “Kelly (Slater) likes to stay busy and he keeps getting scores all the time, but I still had to wait for a good one. I had been watching all day and I knew there would be sets so when it came, I just put everything I had into it.

Although Pires would eventually go down to Fanning in the Semifinals, his Equal 3rd place finish sees him bolt from 33rd to 23rd on the ASP World Tour ratings.

“I couldn’t have asked to a better start to these next events in France,” Pires said. “I’ve worked very hard and I am hoping to turn things around during the European leg. I feel comfortable here – it feels like home and I believe I can put up some very good results.”

Patrick Beven (FRA), 31, who gained entry into the event through the Moskova Trials, had a banner run at the Quiksilver Pro France, eliminating current ASP World No. 1, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, as well as ASP Dream Tour stalwarts Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, and Bobby Martinez (USA), 27, before falling to Durbidge in the Semifinals.

“Bede (Durbidge) is a great surfer and he pushed me in a couple of average waves,” Beven said. “I was feeling really tired in that heat, I didn’t eat today and focused so hard on each of my heats. I was a bit confused out in the line-up and I didn’t catch the good ones. I was a little stressed halfway the heat and I didn’t surf as good as in my previous heats.”

Supported by thousands of spectators throughout the final day of competition, the giant-killer Beven put on a show using smart heat tactics and razor-sharp backhand turns to prove a standout in the Les Bourdaines beach beaks.

“The crowds pushed big time in that event,” Beven said. “They were behind me and it felt so good when the crowds cheered after my waves. It is a big part of my result today and I hope I can keep that confidence for the next events on the ASP WQS. I am stoked to get the chance to show my surf and beat some of the world’s best surfers. That run today is pretty unbelievable.”

The hunt for the 2009 ASP World Title has become even more interesting with the early elimination of frontrunner Parkinson and the win from Fanning. They’ll battle other top seeds C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, Durbidge and Slater as the ASP Dream Tour continues the European leg.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France will be available at


1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66

2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.87


SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.76 def. Patrick Beven (FRA) 12.90

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.43 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.33


QF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.70 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.60

QF 2: Patrick Beven (FRA) 14.86 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.00

QF 3: Tiago Pires (PRT) 17.70 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 17.43

QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.00 Taj Burrow def. (AUS) 12.33


Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.33 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.40

Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.37

Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 11.43 vs. Taylor Knox (USA) 10.30

Heat 4: Patrick Beven (FRA) 14.10 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.67

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.33

Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.83 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 9.36

Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.40 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.00

Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.74 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.40

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Quiksilver Pro France):

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5896 points

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 5750 points

3 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4872 points

4 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4792 points

5 – Kelly Slater (USA) 4638 points

6 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4573 points

7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 4417 points

8 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4384 points

9 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4314 points

10 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4216 points


Posted by: on September 27th, 2009

Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, current ASP World No. 11, dominated the peaky waves on offer at Les Bourdaines today, posting the highest heat total of the event, 18.27 out of a possible 20. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, current ASP World No. 11, dominated the peaky waves on offer at Les Bourdaines today, posting the highest heat total of the event, 18.27 out of a possible 20. photo: ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

SEIGNOSSE, France (Saturday, September 26, 2009) – The Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange completed an action-packed Round 3 today, and despite the smaller one-to-three foot (0.5 – 1 metre) waves on offer at Les Bourdaines, the world’s best surfers flew electric in front of a capacity crowd on the beach.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France ran in unexpectedly clean conditions today, and proved to be one of the most exciting days of competition so far this season, with massive scores and big upsets seemingly on call throughout the round.

Patrick Beven (FRA), 31, who earned his seed into the event through the Moskova Trials, caused the upset of the Quiksilver Pro France thus far, eliminating current ASP World No. 1 Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in Round 3 of competition. The Round 3 chess match saw the lead flip back-and-forth until the dying moments when Beven exploded on a set lefthander to secure a 6.87 out of a possible 10 and the win.

“It’s the kind of lefthanders I like surfing and it was a good heat,” Beven said. “I am stoked right now. I am fighting for France and the Euroforce. I haven’t qualified for the ASP World Tour yet, but I am showing I can surf and do well in this event. I am over the moon right now.”

A local to the South of France, Beven enjoyed the support of the hundreds of spectators at the water’s edge today, as they supported the hometown hero in his thwarting of the current ASP World No. 1.

“It’s great to get that kind of heat wins in front such a huge supporting crowd, and to beat the world No. 1 is even better,” Beven said. “Seeing everyone get together behind us French and European surfers and that’s what the Euroforce is all about. A big thanks to all people putting the event up, it’s a great time every year for all of us.”

Beven will face Dean Morrison (AUS), 28, in Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro France.

Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, surfed immediately following Parkinson’s elimination, with many assuming the Floridian would immediately capitalize on the opportunity to gain some ground on the ASP World Tour ratings. However, it was his opponent, wildcard and current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 7, Joan Duru (FRA), 20, that opened up the heat with an incredible 9.17 out of a possible 10.

Despite being on the ropes from the outset, Slater patiently built momentum throughout the heat, and in the face of Duru failing to secure a solid backup wave, netted an impressive 8.90 out of a possible 10 in the last minutes to take the win and advance through to Round 4.

“I opened up with a pretty good wave but turned around to see Joan (Duru) bang out his 9.17,” Slater said. “As I was paddling out, I knew I was working the math out in my head as to what I’d have to do to come back. My board seemed to work out perfectly for those conditions – I’d never ridden it before, but it’s a similar template to one I’d been riding, a light, little epoxy. Joan didn’t ever really find a backup score and I was able to grab a good one right at the end there. Pretty happy to come back there.”

With the elimination of ASP ratings’ frontrunner, the opportunity to gain ground exists for a number of ASP Top seeds, Slater amongst them. Despite the Parkinson’s stumble, the Floridian remains cautious when calculating his 2009 ASP World Title chances.

“I don’t really smell blood yet,” Slater said. “I think I’m still in the forest trying to find him (Parkinson).”

Slater will take on lethal 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, when Quiksilver Pro France competition resumes.

In addition to the ASP World Title drama that went down on Day 3 of the Quiksilver Pro France, some of the best surfing of the event was executed by some of the sport’s most progressive characters.

Dane Reynolds (USA), 23, current ASP World No. 11, proved the form surfer of the day, blending explosive aerials with searing carves to net the highest heat total of the event, an 18.27 out of a possible 20. Bucking the traditional thruster model, Reynolds opted for a shorter, wider board with big side fins and a small trailer fin. The result was revelatory.

“The waves were pretty bad and I couldn’t take it too serious on a shortboard,” Dane said. “The waves were still really fun though. It’s not flat and there were still some good sections to get speed on and get some airs. I had fun out there. I am riding an MTF (Merrick Twin Fin). It’s just a copy of one of Rob Machado’s old ones. It felt good today in these waves, with two big side-fins and one smaller one in the middle. I was scared to ride this board because it was catching rail yesterday, but it was going pretty good today. I just figured that I’d have a lot more fun on this thing.”

Riding high following an equal 3rd place finish in South Africa and a runner-up finish last week in Southern California, Reynolds is proving to be one of the most dangerous surfers on tour.

“I like it here in France,” Reynolds said. “The waves can be really similar to home and punchy and fun. We haven’t had too many waves though so hopefully it picks up.”

Reynolds will face Bede Durbidge (AUS), 26, in the opening heat of Round 4 when competition recommences.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:15am start.

Highlights from today’s Quiksilver Pro France will be available at


Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.50 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.03

Heat 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.27 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 11.00

Heat 3: Ben Dunn (AUS) 14.57 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.13

Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.50 def. Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 12.80

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.50 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 9.74

Heat 6: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.17 def. Dustin Barca (HAW) 12.70

Heat 7: Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.57 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.80

Heat 8: Patrick Beven (FRA) 14.87 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.07

Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 13.57

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.57 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.76

Heat 11: Tiago Pires (PRT) 16.43 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.83

Heat 12: Tim Boal (FRA) 15.43 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.67

Heat 13: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.54 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.06

Heat 14: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.34  def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.50

Heat 15: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.17 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.16

Heat 16: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.67 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.47


Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)

Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 4: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Patrick Beven (FRA)

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)

Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Round 2 Quik Pro France, Buchan Ousted

Posted by: on September 25th, 2009

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, was in devastating form this morning in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France, eliminating local favorite Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21.

Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, was in devastating form this morning in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France, eliminating local favorite Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21.

SEIGNOSSE, France The Quiksilver Pro France presented by Orange, Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, got back in motion today at the event’s main venue of Les Bourdaines in consistent-but-testing five-foot (1.5 metre) waves.

Battling against elements with strong currents coming into the equation, Round 2 competitors put on a show of strategic game plans and athletic skills, holding their line-up positions and taking off on fast-breaking five-to-six foot wave faces to grab their Round 3 tickets.

With most top seeds getting the job done in various ways, from solid scores to tight heat results, surprise came with the eliminations of highly-touted competitors Jeremy Flores (FRA), 21, and defending champion Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, losing to Aritz Aranburu (EUK), 23, and ASP Dream Tour veteran Greg Emslie (ZAF), 32, respectively, creating the biggest upsets of the day.

Emslie eliminated Buchan in the dying minutes of their exchange, netting a solid 8.00 point score to stamp his authority and get away with the win. Emslie, ASP World No. 33, was able to catch-up with Buchan’s early lead using his experience and patience to wait for a good opportunity and rush to victory.

“It’s super challenging out there and I knew that we’d be getting 4s and 5s and it would come down to whoever got that one smoker,” Emslie said. “That wave came to me right at the end of the heat and was able to stand-up for me really well. I was stoked when I heard the score.”

Emslie, a former runner-up in the Quiksilver Pro France (2007), has not had any stellar results on tour this year, the South African sitting on four 17th places and a couple of 33rds, and will be looking to get through another few rounds to get back into the ASP Top 27, the re-qualifying group for next year’s ASP World Tour.

“For sure, I was definitely thinking about Ace winning here last year,” Emslie said. “I was also thinking about when I was in the Final the last time I came here to so that gave me a bit of confidence. I’m currently sitting 33rd right now, but Europe is a great place for you to bang out a few good results and if you can remain consistent, you can really make some ground up.”

Aranburu caused the other major upset of the day by eliminating current ASP World Tour No. 19, Flores, in Heat 8, and advancing through to Round 3 for the second time this year. Aranburu, who tamed the fast lefthanders of Les Bourdaines using his powerful and vertical backhand attack, led the exchange from start to finish to defeat national surf star Flores, peaking with a 7.50 point ride en route to victory.

“I was warming up my legs before the heat because I knew I would need them strong for the heat,” Aranburu said. “There are some heavy sections out there and you have to complete your maneuvers to get the bigger scores.”

Aranburu, who has finished a disappointing 33rd in all ASP World Tour events but one this year (in Tahiti where he reached the Semifinals), gave himself a bit of air today his result guaranteeing an equal 17th place finish at least in the Quiksilver Pro France. The only Basque surfer to ever qualify for the ASP World Tour, Aranburu’s backhand talent will be a threat to any of his upcoming opponents in the event.

“I knew Jeremy (Flores) would be really tough in these conditions,” Aranburu said. “Although he’s hurt a little bit, he’s still very dangerous out here. It’s an important part of the year for me. I have had only 33rds and one 3rd so I think 3 isn’t necessarily my lucky number. I’m happy to advance through to Round 3 and hopefully I can keep going.”

Kai Otton (AUS), 28, current ASP World No. 16, was another of today’s standouts, the renowned goofy-footer putting on a solid performance to oust ASP Dream Tour rookie Nathaniel Curran (California, USA), 25. Otton, who chose the inside lefthanders to show his skills to the ASP judging panel, surfed twelve waves throughout the 30-minute heat finding his rhythm despite the strong current washing down the beach.

“I just tried to keep busy, it is a tricky rip and there is a lot of water moving around and obviously I didn’t want to paddle against it and would rather catch waves. So that’s what I did, kept catching waves.”

Posting a convincing 14.26 point score to Curran’s low 5.17 point combination of two scores, Otton stuck to his game plan and will surf in Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro France.

“Obviously I didn’t start very well this year but I feel I am in form now and surfing pretty good,” Otton said. “I had a good result at Jeffreys Bay and got through a few rounds at Trestles so it would be good to keep it going here. I love France and there’s some swell so it’s looking good.”

Event officials will re-assess conditions and make a call tomorrow at 7:30am for a possible 8am start.

First out will be Heitor Alves (BRA), 26, up against Jay Thompson (AUS), 26, when Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France resumes.

Highlights from today’s Quiksilver Pro France will be available at

Bourez Eliminates Durbidge, Slater Could Clinch ASP World Title No. 9 Tomorrow

Posted by: on September 24th, 2008



Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez caused his second major upset of the Quiksilver Pro France today, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS). Bourez eliminated Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Round 2 yesterday.

Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez caused his second major upset of the Quiksilver Pro France today, eliminating current ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS). Bourez eliminated Joel Parkinson (AUS) in Round 2 yesterday.

HOSSEGOR, France (Tuesday, September 23, 2008) – Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez may have hindered Kelly Slater’s 2007 ASP World Title hopes by knocking him out of the Quiksilver Pro France last year, but he certainly helped the Floridian’s cause today.

Bourez beat ASP World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) – one of only two surfers factoring in whether or not Slater can clinch his ninth ASP World Title in France – by posting a near-perfect heat total today. Bourez opened the heat with a 9.80, backed it up with a 9.77 and left Durbidge searching for 19.57 points to swing the scenario his way.

“The heat was really good,” Bourez said. “There were a couple of really good rights and lefts out there but the rip was really strong and I needed to catch the first wave so that is what I did. I got that first left and I didn’t know it was a 9.80, I thought it was just an 8.00 and then I got that 9.77 after and Bede was combed so I’m stoked.”

Bourez is currently rated 14th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) – the top 15 competitors on that series qualify for the ASP World Tour at year’s end. Having eliminated an eight-time ASP World Champion in Slater at this event last year, and then outside hopefuls for the 2008 ASP World Title in Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Durbidge this week, Bourez certainly seems to have the skills to mix it up amongst the world’s best.

“It doesn’t feel too good to be interfering with the title because those guys are here to win and I’m just here to beat those guys,” Bourez said. “Hopefully I’ll be here to beat those guys next year. I’m just in this event to prove myself and surf good waves – we surf really small waves on the WQS so I’m stoked to have a heat like that.”

Slater is now two steps closer to ASP World Title No. 9 after today’s proceedings. The scenario coming into the event was such that should Slater win the event, with Durbidge bowing out before the Final and ASP World No. 2 Taj Burrow being eliminated before the Semifinals, he would win the 2008 title in France.

Durbidge is out and Slater is into Round 4 after winning a tough heat over wildcard Joan Duru (FRA). Duru had the heat lead until Slater found two 8.00s late in the heat – he admitted that he has been slightly rattled by being so close to clinching ASP World Title No. 9 and that his surfing in France is not what it has been in earlier events this year.

“That heat, even though I had a couple good scores, was under what my average has been all year,” Slater said. “There hasn’t been a stellar performance by me yet but I guess the good news is that it can only get better.”

Slater could potentially win the title tomorrow, but he knows that winning the event and watching Burrow lose in Round 4 or the Quarterfinals are both best-case scenarios.

“I’d like to do it here but I don’t expect that is going to happen,” Slater said. “Taj looks good.”

Burrow beat injury replacement wildcard Gabe Kling (USA) in Round 3 today. With the ASP World Title so close to being a done deal, Burrow has his eyes on a different title – winner of the Quiksilver Pro France.

“The title is pretty much decided so I’m just looking to win events,” Burrow said. “I’ve come close to winning a couple of events this year, so I would like to take this one out – that’s all I’m really thinking about, not really the points situation. It is cool to be sitting second and keeping Kelly on his toes.”

Burrow will have to get by high-flying rookie Dane Reynolds (USA) first. Reynolds beat fellow 2008 Dream Tour rookie Jordy Smith (ZAF) in an exciting aerial affair today. The first 20-minutes of the heat were ultra-exciting, unfortunately, when the waves went flat two-thirds of the way through the heat, Smith still needed a combination of scores to beat Reynolds.

“I had fun,” Reynolds said. “It’s kind of a shame it turned out like that in the end. We didn’t have waves for the last 10 minutes. It doesn’t take much for him to get a score, well… he was combed, but he could have gotten a 9.00 and then a 7.00. He could have gotten that easily but the heat didn’t come around for him.”

Reynolds has now beat Smith twice in ASP World Tour competition, winning their heat in Tahiti earlier this year.

“It’s sort of a fluke I think because I definitely look at him and see him doing things I couldn’t dream of doing,” Reynolds said. “But with contests that’s just the way it goes sometimes, it’s definitely junky and rippy and funny out there, it just went my way. I’ll be nervous when I meet him again for sure.”

Chances are excellent the Quiksilver Pro France will wrap up tomorrow. An official decision will be made at 8am local time.

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Round 3 Quiksilver Pro France Results:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.50

Heat 2: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 10.83 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.50

Heat 3: Ben Dunn (AUS) 14.00 def. Chris Ward (USA) 7.84

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.67 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 12.83

Heat 5: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 12.00

Heat 6: Luke Stedman (AUS) 12.56 def. Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 12.5

Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.00 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.46

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.00 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 13.00

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.34 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 9.77

Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.26 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.50

Heat 11: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.43 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.33

Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.83 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.17

Heat 13: Michel Bourez (PYF) 19.57 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.67

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.00 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 7.57

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.17 def. Daniel Wills (AUS) 8.13

Heat 16: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 6.73


Round 4 Quiksilver Pro France Match-ups

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 2: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 3: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)

Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jihad Khodr (BRA)

Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)

Heat 6: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)

Heat 7: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 10: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)

Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)


Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

Top Seeds Struggle on Day 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France – Fanning, Parkinson Out

Posted by: on September 21st, 2008



Kieren Perrow earned a perfect 10 after emerging from this barrel and doing a huge floater.

Kieren Perrow earned a perfect 10 after emerging from this barrel and doing a huge floater.



HOSSEGOR, France (Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008) –Eight of the ASP World Tour’s Top 10 surfers were sent to Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France today. Two of them are out of Quiksilver Pro contention after losing their elimination round heats held late this afternoon.

Reigning ASP World Champion and current World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) came into the Quiksilver Pro France as the defending event champion – he will leave with his second 33rdplace result of the year. Fanning was beaten by less than a point by injury replacement surfer and former Top 45 surfer Gabe Kling (USA) in shifty conditions.

“Mick has been one of my favorite surfers and I can’t really believe that happened,” Kling said. “It was so hard out there and him needing that small of score… I just got lucky but I’ll take it. I’m stoked to win though, he’s a reigning world champion.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), World No. 4, was also beaten in Round 2. He lost to Tahitian wildcard Michel Bourez, the same surfer who eliminated eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) from the Quiksilver Pro last year.

Slater’s Round 1 heat was won by wildcard Joan Duru. His Round 2 heat was nearly won by wildcard Tim Boal (FRA). Slater trailed for much of his Round 2 bout with Boal, but he came back at the end of the heat and then sealed the deal with a last-minute 9.00.

“I felt alright in that heat but all day something has been off, I’m not sure what it is,” Slater said. “I had a feeling Tim was going to get a score, even before he got that first good one – I had a feeling was going to get a score and get back in the heat. He was patient and just sat waiting for the rights. It’s the wildcards and the low seeds that have been giving me trouble all year. I have to look out more for those guys than the top guys it seems like.”

Slater, like many of the top seeded surfers who lost heats today, said that the shifting, unpredictable nature of France’s beach breaks are a huge factor in making heats in Hossegor. Even Andy Irons, the Top 45 surfer who has fared the best in France over the years, was sent to Round 2 today. He meets Jihad Kohdr (BRA) in Heat 6.

“This is a tough place for a contest,” Slater said. “It’s really amazing that Andy won this contest three times and got a second the year before that because the waves change so much and it really is the luck of the draw out in those heats. The guy who gets the best waves is going to win and it happens a lot here at this contest.”

Slater admitted that the opportunity to clinch his ninth ASP World Title in France (should he win the event and his closest competitors bow out soon) was toying with his nerves and might have been a factor in his having to surf Round 2 today.

“It probably just has my head a little bit – thinking about it,” Slater said. “It’s hard to get that monkey off your back, thinking you had the chance to do something like that. I guess I have been thinking about it a little bit over the last week and I just haven’t gotten in sync so far. That heat I felt pretty good, still not great, but I got a couple of good scores – those lefts panned out for me and allowed me to get a couple big moves.”

World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) scraped through the last heat of the day – Heat 4 of Round 2. Only he and Taj Burrow (AUS) are mathematically capable of keeping Slater from clinching in France should he win the event.

Burrow was the only Top 5 surfer to win his Round 1 heat today – he enjoyed the afternoon off after beating Tim Reyes (USA) and Boal earlier in the day.

“A few red singlets have lost today because the conditions are so difficult,” Taj said. “The tide changes so much here that you really just have to go out there and take what you are dealt, so I was just trying to pick the right waves and put up a couple of good scores. I didn’t do anything amazing but I got a couple.” 

Burrow comes into the Quiksilver Pro France fresh off a final berth in California. Burrow led most of that final but suffered a last minute loss to Slater and had to settle for second. The loss was especially difficult given it significantly decreased any hope the current World No. 2 had of winning the 2009 ASP World Title.

“That was a hard one to swallow,” Burrow said. “Kelly has pretty much won the title, mathematically it’s next to impossible to catch him, so I’m just trying to win a few events.”

Kieren Perrow (AUS) was awarded a unanimous perfect 10 for a deep barrel followed by a big free-fall floater in Round 1. Perrow competed on the ASP World Tour from 2001 to 2004 before requalifying this year. His perfect 10 previous to today’s was earned in Tahiti in 2001.

“That wave was just perfect,” Perrow said. “I could see it was going to double-up when I paddled over that second one. I haven’t had a 10 in years so it was good to get barreled and get one. The wave was so good anyone would have got a 10 on it.” 

Perrow forced Fanning into Round 2 with the ride, but just barely.

 “When I heard that I got a 10 I still thought I’d be in second,” Perrow said. “I still thought I’d need a score because they hadn’t read out my 5.0 and I only thought I had a 3.5. Even then it was pretty close still, Mick didn’t need much and he was right behind me. It would have been disappointing to get a 10 and lose.”

The next call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30. It is looking likely that Round 2 will resume at Les Estagnots again tomorrow.


Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.67 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 15.00

Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.07 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.00

Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.00 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.67

Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 9.44



Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Ben Dunn (AUS) 12.84, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.06, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 8.6

Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 17.13, Jay Thompson (AUS) 15.2, Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.1

Heat 3: Roy Powers (HAW) 13.6, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.56, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.9

Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.97, Jihad Khodr (BRA) 6.63, Andy Irons (HAW) 2.34

Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.67, Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.40, Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 5.83

Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.50, Nic Muscroft (AUS) 13.84, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.50

Heat 7: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.16, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.60, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.30

Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 10.50, Kelly Slater (USA) 9.94, Chris Ward (USA) 9.90

Heat 9: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.67, Tim Reyes (USA) 11.50, Tim Boal (FRA) 5.77

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.00, Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.40, Gabe Kling (USA) 13.5

Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.94, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.67, Mikael Picon (FRA) 10.34

Heat 12: Daniel Wills (AUS) 16.17, Heitor Alves (BRA) 4.74, Bruce Irons (HAW) 2.77

Heat 13: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 13.80, Luke Stedman (AUS) 12.83, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.10

Heat 14: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.16, Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.63, Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.10

Heat 15: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 14.50, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 14.30, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 9.44

Heat 16: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 15.66, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 13.34, Luke Munro (AUS) 7.76

Quiksilver Pro France

Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

South West Coast of France

September 19-28, 2008

Slater Wins Hard Fought Battle Over Burrow for Boost Mobile Pro Title

Posted by: on September 12th, 2008


Kelly Slater looking more satisfied with this win than the rest this year.

Kelly Slater looking more satisfied with this win than the rest this year.

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International

Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley

Stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour

Lower Trestles, California, USA

September 7-13, 2008  

SAN CLEMENTE, California (Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008) –  Kelly Slater (USA) beat Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.97 to 18.63 to win his third Boost Mobile Pro title at Lower Trestles today. He is now as close as one event away from winning a record ninth ASP World Title.

Burrow blitzed early and with a 9.00 and 9.63 in his scoreline before the halfway mark, had Slater looking for a combination of excellent scoring waves to contend. In sheer Slater fashion, the eight-time ASP World Champion fought his way back to claim victory – his fifth of the season.

 “I was literally out there just trying to save face, I thought Taj had me – he was on fire,” Slater said. “I was just trying to get out of combo and put on a good show for everybody. I got a 9.7 on a smaller wave that had a clean face and let me get a lot of speed and some big carves and that let me get back in.”


Kelly Slater (USA) hitting twelve o’ clock to win the Boost Mobile Pro before a fervent home crowd.

Kelly Slater (USA) hitting twelve o’ clock to win the Boost Mobile Pro before a fervent home crowd.


Even with the 9.7, Slater was still searching for an 8.93. Burrow gave Slater a very average looking wave with less than two minutes to go – a mistake that cost him the win and a healthy prize purse. Hurley, the presenting sponsor of the event, threw an additional US$45,000 on top of the standard US$30,000 first place prize purse – the winner of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley took home US$75,000 today.

“Taj had priority and he let that wave go because it was the first wave and he probably thought it was going to be bumpy but it let me do a lot on it,” Slater said. “It was a really good wave, but it was the first wave of the set.”


The final day certainly didn’t dissapoint at Lower Trestles with excellent 1.5 meter waves on offer all morning.

The final day certainly didn’t dissapoint at Lower Trestles with excellent 1.5 meter waves on offer all morning.


To add insult to Burrow’s injury, the final was five minutes longer than the standard ASP final which is usually 35-minutes in duration. Slater talked Burrow and the contest director into lengthening the heat before they paddled out and that was the difference today.

“We went over and talked to Snips (contest director Mike Parsons) before the heat,” Slater said. “Taj wanted to do a 35-minute heat and I said,‘Why don’t we do a 40 minute final, we’ve got all the time in the world this afternoon.’ If we had done a 35-minute heat I would have lost.”

Burrow wore his disappointment at today’s loss on his sleeve.

“I felt like I won,” Burrow said. “I don’t think that wave had the scoring potential. I just had a feeling that they were going to give it to him. He had a lot of energy about him. He’s Kelly and he finished it. He got to the end and I knew it was going to be a good score. I don’t know what else I could have done. I picked the best waves and surfed them really well so it’s frustrating. He was really hungry and ended up clinching it.”

Burrow jumped from World No. 4 to World No. 2 with the result but it was of little consolation.

“I don’t really care about the ratings because I know Kelly is so far ahead that it’s almost impossible to catch him,” Burrow said.  “I just wanted to win the event and I thought I did and now I didn’t, so I’m frustrated.”

Slater has to win the event at the next tour stop in France to seal the deal on title No. 9 there. And even if he does win, should Burrow finish 3rd or World No. 3 Bede Durbidge (AUS) or World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) make the final, the race will continue until the following stop in Mundaka, Spain. World No. 4 Joel Parkinson (AUS) only stays in World Title contention if Slater finishes second or lower in France. Had Burrow won today, Slater would not have been mathematically capable of clinching the title at the next event.

Slater beat 2006 Boost Mobile Pro Champion Bede Durbidge (AUS) in the semifinal round. The heat was a flashback to the 2006 Lower Trestles final the two shared – but with a different outcome.


Jeremy Flores finished the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro equal third with Bede Durbidge.

Jeremy Flores finished the 2008 Boost Mobile Pro equal third with Bede Durbidge.



 “I had the opportunity to make the final on the last wave and my front foot slipped and I got caught behind the section,” Durbidge said. “We didn’t get the best waves in that heat and there weren’t many opportunities. The heat came down to the wire and I tried my hardest and that’s all you can do.”

Durbidge maintains his World No. 3 rating with the result.

 “I definitely had a good event,” Durbidge said.” I felt really good. I have a good board and I’ll take that to Europe and try to keep the ball rolling.”

Burrow had to get past France’s Jeremy Flores to make today’s final. Like nearly all of the heats held today, the competition was close.

“I think these are the conditions that Taj (Burrow) surfs the best in –the little rights with the onshore winds,” Flores said. “I tried my best and it’s okay. I gave him a go. I came here with no goal at all. I came here to get just a few waves as a warm up for France and it ended up good.”

Flores, who was ASP Rookie of the Year in 2007, made it to the semifinals of the Boost Mobile Pro last year too. He is back in the Top 10 after today’s equal third finish.

 “I think I had harder heats this year,” Flores said. “So I’m happier with the result this year compared to last year.”

California’s Bobby Martinez and Dane Reynolds made the quarterfinals, as did Fanning and Brazilian rookie Heitor Alves. The next stop on the 2008 ASP World Tour will start on September 19 in Hossegor, France.


Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley Final Results:

Kelly Slater (USA) 18.97 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.63


Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley Semifinal Results:

Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.10

Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.33 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.50

Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley Quarterfinal Results:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.90 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.10

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.16 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.16

Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.57 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.67

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.50 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 6.34

Today’s Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley Round 4 Results:

Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.07 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.00

Heat 8: Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.14 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 11.00

ASP World Tour Ratings after event No. 7 of 11 – the Boost Mobile Pro pres. by Hurley:

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 6820 points

2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5402 points

3. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5258 points

4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5148 points

5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 5085 points

6. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4550 points

7. Bobby Martinez (USA) 4360 points

8. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4280 points

9. Andy Irons (HAW) 4163 points

10. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 3997 points