Kelly Slater: near human, near robot

Kelly Slater still enjoys pro surfing. The Floridian scored 19.93 points to defeat Kieren Perrow in the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Quiksilver Pro France.


Perfection is not a human condition. Slater posted a perfect 10-point ride and a 9.93 backup score to secure the highest heat-total of Quiksilver Pro France competition and his spot in the Semifinals, in pulsing six foot (2 metre) swell.

"You know the waves are so good, that literally both guys can get two 10 out there right now, there's that many good waves," Slater said.

"I was throwing away better waves than I've had all contest, it's just pumping. The color of the sky and everything came together, the wind, the swell and the tide was perfect for the size, it was really nice. These are some of the best beachbreaks in the world right there."
 
Slater will face Joel Parkinson and while the heat marks an important point in the ASP World Title Race, the veteran campaigner will attempt to take a relaxed approach to the Final day of competition.
 
"I won't even think about the Semifinal against Joel much," Slater said. "You know, it's pointless to think about, you get to sit there all night and not sleep. It's an important heat for both of us and whatever is going to happen is going to happen."
 
Joel Parkinson was in dominant form today, taking out two convincing heat wins while besting defending Quiksilver Pro France Winner Gabriel Medina, to seal his Semifinals position.
 
"That was sick, that was unreal," Parkinson said. "That's what you dream of when you're trying to make the tour. You just want to have a nice heat in France at La Graviere when it's pumping. There were so many good waves out there and I wished I could have surfed for an hour."

John John Florence took a decisive step towards the business end of the Quiksilver Pro France with a commanding Quarterfinals victory over Brazilian Miguel Pupo.
 
"It is an important event for sure, the whole title race thing, I'm trying not to think about it too much, I just take it heat by heat and will see what happens at the end of the year," Florence said. "It's my first full year on Tour and I'm just having fun and enjoying it."
 
Dane Reynolds continued his dominance today, advancing to the Semifinals ahead of fellow Californian Kolohe Andino, in a one-sided affair.

Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinals:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 15.33 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 2.50
QF 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.20 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 1.27
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.90
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.93 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.96