Rosie is OK, but Dane is the real hottie in this conversation, no?
Day 1 of the waiting period politely obliged with Rd 1 of the Quik Pro France 2012 at la graviere this morning. With a solid yet dropping 3-5ft (2ft Hawaiian) NW swell groomed by medium offshores, the morning’s low tide was always gonna cause problems in ze form of closeouts, and mainly low scoring affairs ensued as a result. But still! These are the finest surfers in the galaxy, and they did their level bestist. Paid wave riders smiling at lunchtime, when Miky called it off, included the Slater, the Jane, the Taj and the Albino Spider Monkey. For the Euros, Michel made it through last heat of the day while Jeremy and Tiago lost out in mainly makable wave-starved heats.
Bald one checking the surf. Belly? Jake the Snake? Julian Wilson? Kelly!
Pat Gudang has a funny face, and won. We like him.
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.16, Kai Otton (AUS) 11.03, Taylor Knox (USA) 7.00
Heat 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.04, Adriano De Souza (BRA) 8.70, Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.20
Heat 3: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.70, John John Florence (HAW) 11.67, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.86
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.06, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.74, Tiago Pires (PRT) 4.16
Heat 5: Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.66, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9.90, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5.40
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.50, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.10, Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.56
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.83, Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.97, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.00
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.67, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.70, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.83,
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.43, Owen Wright (AUS) 8.30, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.77
REMAINING QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Heitor Alves (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)