- 02 October 2014 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina confirmed his place on the quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro France 2014, at Les Guardians.
After narrowly escaping defeat in Round 3 against Jeremy Flores, the young Brazilian surfer won his Round 4 challenge against Josh Kerr and John John Florence, in clean three-to-five foot (1-1.5 meter) waves.
"With the swell increasing this afternoon, there is a lot of water moving and it's easy to get lost out there. Lucky I found some opportunity and was able to have a better heat than the one I had this morning. Hopefully, we get some good waves tomorrow," explained Medina.
Kelly Slater didn't have the same luck. Again, he will have to play an extra heat to keep his world tour title hopes alive and kicking. In Round 4, he was defeated by an in-form Miguel Pupo.
"I found myself on a couple, but I just as easily could have ended up with none. Kelly didn't really get anything out there, so you know it's difficult. I had a good start to the year then had some bad events. Happy to be in the quarters and hope to keep progressing," said Pupo.
Kolohe Andino sent Australians Mick Fanning and Matt Wilkinson into the Round 5 survival mode, with a strong performance and plenty of confidence.
"Mick is one of my favorite surfers and he's the reigning world champ so of course I'm stoked to beat him. Anytime you draw one of those guys, you have to lift your game. Looking forward to a great finish for the event," concluded Andino.
Quiksilver Pro France 2014 | Round 4
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.50, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.24, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.16
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.93, John John Florence (HAW) 5.87
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.83, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.00, Kelly Slater (USA) 6.60
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.67, Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 5.17
Quiksilver Pro France 2014 | Round 5 Matchups
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)