photo: Karen/ASP

Mick Fanning backed up last year's Quik Pro France victory with another on Saturday, this time at pumping Culs Nuls. After the final, losing finalist 9-time World Champ Kelly Slater apparently had a nasty two wave hold down which he described as being the closest he's come to drowning anywhere. With Hawaii comparisons a plenty being thrown down all round during the webcast, Kelly's apparent brush with the dirt nap confirms the weight of the ocean at the Quik Pro France site in Hossegor.