Kelly Slater: chasing Les Guardians | Photo: ASP/Poullenot

Kelly Slater defeated Dane Reynolds in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France 2014, at Les Guardians, to keep his world title hopes alive.

The 11-time ASP world champion, 42, was able to adapt to the perfect three-to-four foot waves, tide, waves, wind, and sand banks, by eliminating the lethal free surfer from Ventura.

"I'm nervous about each heat now. The pressure is on me to perform and to win events if I want to catch up to Gabriel. I've been coming to France to surf for 25 years now, and I'm about as comfortable as one can get. It's about adaptability," explains Slater.


Chad Nelsen: he breathes Surfrider | Photo: Surfrider Foundation

Chad Nelsen is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Surfrider Foundation.

The largest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches has a new commander. Nelsen replaces Jim Moriarty, who managed Surfrider in the last nine years.

"I am extremely honored to lead the Surfrider Foundation. Our mission to protect our coasts is vital, and the strength and dedication of our grassroots activist network is the key to our success," expressed Chad Nelsen.


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.