Top seeds advance in the Quiksilver Pro France 2013

September 26, 2013 | Surfing
Bede Durbidge: beach break airliner

The world title contenders have advanced to Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro France 2013, at the back-up location of Seignosse Le Penon.

Jordy Smith was able to dominate Dane Reynolds, in Round 2, from start to finish. Netting a 9.70 and a 9.20, the talented South-African racked up the highest total of the event so far, an incredible 18.90 out of 20.

"Dane can do anything at any given time, you don't just beat Dane with excellence, you got to go out there with a strategy," Smith stated.

"That's kind of what I did, I waited for the best waves, I've been watching them a lot before the heat. Luckily I made the most of the waves that I had."

Kelly Slater, with only seconds on the clock, found a cleaner, longer left with more verticality and dismantled every section of the wave to earn a near-perfect 9.23 out of a possible 10.

"That last one I got was actually a little funny because he could have caught the wave, but there was kind of a flatness and a wedge in between him and I and he would have been behind the foamball where I was taking off. I couldn't believe it when I saw him stop paddling", reveals Slater.

Jeremy Flores pleased the massive French crowds assembled on the water's edge this afternoon, when he won his first heat collecting a two-wave total of 16.23.

"Now It looks like there won't be any swell for a little while so this is great for me, I can have some time off and try to heal quicker. I seriously wasn't expecting to surf like that, it's funny what the brain is capable of, like dealing with this pain", says the French surfer.

Remaining Quiksilver Pro France 2013 | Round 2 Matchups

Heat 6: C.J Hobgood (USA) vs Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA) vs Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: John John Florence (HAW) vs Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) vs Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs Travis Logie (ZAF) 

Quiksilver Pro France 2013 | Round 2 Results

Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.43 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.00
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.90 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.00
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.90
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.47
Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.66 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 15.06