Day One of Quiksilver Pro France is in the Bag
The opening day of the Quiksilver Pro France came three
heats short of finishing round one, with Quiksilver team riders Kelly Slater
and Dane Reynolds leading the pack who advanced directly to round three. In the shifting and unpredictable beachbreaks
of La Graviere near Hossegor, clean head high to overhead waves greated the
competitors. For Slater, who is
currently in the lead for an unprecedented 12th ASP World Title,
every contest is important given he has no contest scores left to throw away.
“Well I didn’t back-up my result in Fiji with one in
Tahiti,” said Slater. “It’s tough at this level. There’s no doubt about that. I
always enjoy France though. I’ve been coming here for so long that it really is
like another home for me and I feel really comfortable out there. I was surfing
on that same quad I surfed in the Final at Lowers last week and it’s been
feeling really good so if it stays like this I may stay on it.”
His Quiksilver teammate Dane Reynolds was given a wildcard
entry into the contest and took advantage of being allowed to compete in the
Quiksilver Pro France.
“The waves were pretty fun out there when they came
through,” said Reynolds. “It’s nice and spread out so Joel (Parkinson) and Bede
(Durbidge) were kind of down on their own peak and I was up on my own peak
which is always nice. I’m not much of a hassler. Competition is fun for me and
I don’t put pressure on myself to do well. I do like to see how I perform in
this environment though and that’s why I do these.”
Contest organizers will decide tomorrow morning whether to
resume the contest or to call a lay day.
All pictures courtesy of Kirsten and Cestari with the ASP . Visit quiksilverlive.com/profrance/2012 for webcasts
and more information.