Kai Otton: a new surf trick is in the making

The Quiksilver Pro France 2013 is ready to surf through Round 3, as repechage heats leave riders in the sands of Seignosse, Southwest France.


Gabriel Medina punctuated the day's action with an incredible performance, posting the first perfect 10-point ride of the event, for a stratospheric full-rotation aerial on his backhand.

"I feel good, I've had a couple fun waves. Travis was surfing really good so I decided to concentrate on the air cause it's fun in those small waves, I'm stoked to make it through", says Medina.

Kai Otton was another goofy-footer to advance into the third round. The experienced Australian exploded on his backhand and surfed a beautiful righthander to perfection netting a 9.17 which he quickly backed up with another excellent score of 8.40.

"Adam is one of my best buddies. I travel with him all year so it's unfortunate to have a heat with him, but he fought back and got a 9. I was still really nervous right up until the end", adds Otton.

Michel Bourez escaped a tricky Round 2 situation, finding two nice waves right from the start and keeping a very short lead over Damien Hobgood, until the final countdown.

"I really want to do good in France, it's where it all started for me, I beat Kelly and made the quarters as a wildcard here. It's good to see Marc and Ramzi coming up and surfing great too", tells Bourez.

The Quiksilver Pro France 2013 Round 3 Matchups:

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 9: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs Miguel Pupo (BRA) 
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs Kieren Perrow (AUS)