Men’s and Women’s Champions Expected to be Crowned on Sunday

Reigning World Surfing Champion, John John Florence of Hawaii, moved to the top of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) rankings on Saturday when he advanced to the quarter-finals of the Quiksilver Pro France in outstanding surfing conditions at La Graviere on the Bay of Biscay.

Florence overtook Jordy Smith at the top of the Jeep leaderboard when the South African was defeated by local wildcard Marc Lacomare (FRA) in a major upset in their Round 3 clash.

After Smith’s elimination, Florence produced near-perfect surfing, posting a pair of nine-point rides in both his Round  3 and Round 4 encounters with an incredible display of high-performance surfing in the perfect peaks of Hossegor.


“It wasn’t what I planned to do out there but it just kind of happened, especially after that first left, I just tried to do airs on every wave,” Florence said. “I carried out my heat the same way I would have if Jordy had made it or not, just focused on myself and having fun!”

Smith surfed well but could not match Lacomare’s local knowledge which saw the Frenchman find two deep tube rides that netted a heat total of 14.10.

“It’s France, it changes really quickly, for example the wave that we were surfing out front is pretty much non-existent anymore,” Smith stated. “I got two okay waves and kind of had a rhythm, Marc (Lacomare) sat on that little left. With the tide dropping, I thought I should head out to the point of the sandbank, got a good score but it wasn’t enough.”

Lacomare further impressed as he put Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in a combination situation in their Round 4 match-up for his spot in the quarters. His impeccable wave-selection and radical backhand attack on home turf were too much to take in for his opponents.

“It feels amazing, we have good waves this year and all my friends and family here on the beach it does not get much better than this,” Lacomare admitted. “I think it’s an advantage to surf at home, especially for me. I’m not on the CT, not going for a world title, I’m just trying to surf well and be smart.”

Event officials will re-assess conditions at 8:15 a.m Saturday for a potential final day of both the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, are calling for:

Medium size NW swell will ease through Friday and fade further during the first half of Saturday as favorable wind continues. An even larger swell will fill in for Sunday, building Saturday afternoon/evening and dropping on Monday.  Another strong WNW swell looks increasingly likely for Tuesday before fading Wednesday, although wind conditions may be tricky.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.

Remaining Quiksilver Pro France Round 2 Results (H9-12):
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.77 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.26
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.33 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 5.60
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.66 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 9.50
Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.00 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 8.80

Quiksilver Pro France Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.50 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8.60
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.80 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.23 
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.30 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.17
Heat 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.33 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 9.60
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.33 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.73
Heat 6: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.10 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) 19.16 def. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.50
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.24 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.00
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.77 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.77
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.90 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.53
Heat 11: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.63 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.27
Heat 12: Nat Young (USA) 14.73 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.43

Quiksilver Pro France Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.80, Owen Wright (AUS) 12.33, Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.60
Heat 2: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.43, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.87, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.07
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 18.56, Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.03, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.37
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.43,  Nat Young (USA) 11.33, Joan Duru (FRA) 8.67

Quiksilver Pro France Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 
Heat 2: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 4:  Nat Young (USA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Match-Ups:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
SF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)

 

 

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