After a bizarre opening day where the event was called off after just two heats, the Quiksilver Pro France finally got through it’s opening round of competition last night.
The waves were solid (about 4 to 6 foot) but a little on the unstable side, with a big tide causing difficulties and a few upsets in the men’s event.
Trestles champion Jordy Smith suffered an early setback when he struggled in his round one heat, losing to Kai Otton, while Brazilian’s Italo Ferreira and Ciao Ibelli both cruised to round three.
Rankings leaders John John Florence and Gabriel Medina also progressed in their opening heats, with JJF showing no signs of struggle from the knee industry suffered in Tahiti last month.
Meanwhile in the women’s, Tyler Wright looks set to take her maiden world title after dominating in her opening heat, while Courtney Conlogue – the only competitor with a mathematical chance of taking the crown from Tyler – struggled in her heat and will now face a round two elimination to keep her contest and world title hopes alive.
“Waves like this allow you a lot of freedom because there’s not just one spot and one particular wave that you have to be looking for and I really enjoy that,” Wright said.
“With that in mind I do have a gameplan in play as well. I’ve been in this position before and it was fun but even without wanting in there was more pressure on me, but now I feel so free. It feels like a very balanced lifestyle for me right now — I love France and I love what I’m doing.”
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE REMAINING ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 11.84, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.83, Jadson Andre (BRA) 7.03
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.57, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 8.24, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.14
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.50, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 12.10, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.4
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 16.10, Joan Duru (FRA) 15.34, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.74
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.26, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8.33, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 6.50
Heat 8: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.46, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 9.74, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 8.53
Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 13.36, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.76, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.10
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.24, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.54, Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.80
Heat 11: Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.60, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.83
Heat 12: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.00, Adam Melling (AUS) 8.97, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.90
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 11: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 12: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
ROXY PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.66, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8.70, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.66
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.46, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.10, Lakey Peterson (USA) 9.37
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.33, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.70, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 3.50
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.10, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.33, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 6.94
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.17, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 6.27
Heat 6: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.00, Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.26, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.70
ROXY PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Keely Andrews (AUS)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 5: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)