Wilkinson and Slater: this is not Photoshop | Photo: ASP/ Poullenot

Kelly Slater failed to advance Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France 2014, at Hossegor. Gabriel Medina is through to Round 3.

After watching Taj Burrow, Michel Bourez, Jeremy Flores, and Joel Parkinson claiming their early morning heats in the Southwest of France, Slater knew he had to build a winning pace to keep his Dream Tour title hopes alive and steady.

But Matt Wilkinson had a different plan, in a rather strange heat. In one of the best waves of the day, Slater pulled off a 9-point huge air reverse but backed off for Wilkinson, who had priority.


Closeout re-entry: a last-chance maneuver in surfing | Photo: Quiksilver/Chauche

In competitive surfing, the closeout re-entry is an exclamation mark. Performing a last-chance maneuver when the wave is closing out might change a heat, but it also shows how competent an intermediate surfer can be wrapping things up.

The section is coming at you. It's the last opportunity to show commitment, power, balance and aggression in surfing. The closeout re-entry is quite demanding, but it also separates the men from the boys.

After targetting the lip, accelerate from a deep bottom turn towards the oncoming section. To avoid getting knocked off, anticipate the impact by flexing your legs and applying strong back foot pressure just before you hit it. Your center of gravity must be lower than the surfboard's with your backside under the rail.


Michael Scott Moore: nearly three years in the hands of an armed militia

Surf journalist Michael Scott Moore has been freed in Somalia after being abducted for nearly three years by an armed militia in Somalia.

The author of "Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results" is in good health, despite living 33 months in the hands of pirates.

Moore, 45, has already traveled to Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, and local authorities confirmed he was "overjoyed to be free", and in good physical and psychological condition.