Hurricane season: are you ready for the powerful swells? | Photo: NASA

The Atlantic Hurricane season kicks off June 1st and ends November 30th. In the East Pacific Ocean, the hurricane season starts earlier - on May 15th - and also ends November 30th. So, why and when should you not paddle out for a few waves?

Be out of shape. Hurricanes are small storms, and the energy contained in the wave and wind swells comes in like Andrew W.K. on amphetamines to a table manners convention. That butter knife you call a paddling arm doesn't stand a chance.

In the waters surrounding major storms, you've got heavy breaking waves, shorter wave periods, and shore breaks to contend with, so your swimming, paddling, and overall stamina needs to be in top condition. And it goes without saying that you should know how to get out of rip currents because they like to show up to this kind of soiree.

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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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