- 29 September 2012 | Surfing
La Graviere delivered the first waves for Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France. Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and Dane Reynolds are through to Round 3.
Clean three-to-five (1 – 1.5 metre) waves were on offer, at the primary site of La Graviere. Fanning dispatched of an in-form Wiggolly Dantas and Travis Logie, utilizing his extensive tibe-riding abilities.
"In these kind of conditions, one wave can change the heat and you just hope you're on that one," Fanning said. "When they come through, there are great, little barrels to be had. France always has very strong wildcards so you want to avoid them at all costs. Winning in Round 1 is a start".
Dane Reynolds caused the upset of the day, dispatching of current ASP WCT No. 2 Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge in Round 1 of competition. "The waves were pretty fun out there when they came through," Reynolds said.
"It's nice and spread out so Joel (Parkinson) and Bede (Durbidge) were kind of down on their own peak and I was up on my own peak which is always nice. I'm not much of a hassler. Competition is fun for me and I don't put pressure on myself to do well. I do like to see how I perform in this environment though and that's why I do these."
Kelly Slater reactivated his event-winning equipment from last week at Lower Trestles today to collect an impressive array of barrels and advance directly into Round 3.
"Well I didn't back-up my result in Fiji with on in Tahiti," Slater said. "It's tough at this level. There's no doubt about that. I always enjoy France though".
"I've been coming here for so long that it really is like another home for me and I feel really comfortable out there. I was surfing on that same quad I surfed in the Final at Lowers last week and it's been feeling really good so if it stays like this I may stay on it."
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