Mick Fanning: fit to hit | Photo: Pullenot/WSL

The 2015 Quiksilver Pro France has reached Round 4, as thousands of fans flock to Les Guardians and Culs Nus to watch the world's best surfers in action.

Gabriel Medina seems to be ready to defend his 2014 world surfing title. The Brazilian prodigy surfed a near-perfect heat against the Dream Tour veteran CJ Hobgood.

"CJ and I talked about the waves and trying to figure out which were the good ones because we couldn’t see anything with the sun. I don’t know if it’s the last time we’re competing against each other, so I also told him it was an honor to surf against him," said Medina.

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Jeremy Flores: perfect surf | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

The Round 2 of the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France has been completed in six-to-eight-foot (2- 2.5 meters) at Cul Nuls.

Kelly Slater was one of the top seeds who survived the early cut. The Floridian champion drew his own game against an uninspired Aritz Aranburu. For Slater, the party continues.

"The conditions are flawless but there's a lot of water moving around, and it hasn't sorted itself out yet. Realistically I don't have much of a shot at the world title; these guys would have to mess up pretty bad, and that hasn't really been happening," explained Slater.

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404 Series: arty surfboards by Boom-Art and UWL Surfboards

How would you imagine a collection of surfboards named "404 Series"? A mistake? A "not found" HTML surf error? Two French brands have the answer.

All hand shaped surfboards are a work of art. Only an experienced craftsman can master the template, the rails, the channels, the tail shapes, the rocker and the whole symmetry of a board made for surfing.

However, an art gallery and a surf company have teamed up to develop something completely different - a limited edition of surfboards with famous oil paintings depicted on them.

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