September 30, 2012

Quiksilver Pro France: Day 3 Update

The Quiksilver Pro France, Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), completed the final three heats of Round 1 this morning in shifting three-to-five foot barrels at La Graviere before calling competition off for the day.

The event went on hold following Round 1 this morning in hopes that conditions may once again become favorable with the rising tide and moved right into Round 2 of the King of the Groms World Final where the world’s best 16 and under battled in what was for them double overhead thumping beachbreak barrels. Standouts included Quiksilver team riders Mikey Wright, Jack Robinson, and Leo Fioravanti. Ultimately the call was made to take the rest of the day off as onshore winds progressively got worse.

Contest director Miky Picon will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am to assess conditions for a possible 8:30am start.

When competition resumes, up first will be current ASP WCT No. 2 Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, up against wildcard Quiksilver rider Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), 22, in the opening heat of Round 2.

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Always a welcome sight for any morning surf check.

Jordy Smith threads the needle.

Gabriel Medena tucks into one in his Round 1 heat this morning.

Leo Fioravanti and his fan club.

The shifty but at times perfect French beachbreaks lived up to their reputation again today.

Last night's free concert in Bayonne featuring French mega-DJ group Birdy Nam Nam