Wednesday, September 03, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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Quarterfinalists decided for the Quik Pro France

John John Florence (HAW) 20, current World No.15 coming into the Quiksilver Pro France, started on a fast hollow righthander in the opening seconds of his Round 4 matchup against Mick Fanning (AUS) and Michel Bourez (PYF) 27. The talented Hawaiian exited the barrel beautifully to score an excellent 8.00 point ride which eventually won him a ticket for the quarter-finals.

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“There’s no pressure for a title or anything, so I’m just trying to make a couple heats and have fun,” Florence said. “I really want to win another event, I haven’t won one since Rio so that’d be pretty sick to win another one at some point.. I’m riding a 6’0 this is the board I rode for the whole Bali event and I kind of forgot about it but I saw it when I went home and I’m surfing it here it goes really good.”

Kelly Slater (USA) 41, defending event champion here in France, won the lowest-scoring non-elimination round 4 heat this morning with only a couple of average scores on the board. Despite the deception of not being able to display what the 11-time World Champion is capable of, this quarter-final berth for Slater is a crucial result towards ameliorating his season tally in the 2013 title race.

“The waves were not really good, it’s a bummer but there’s not much we can do about it, with the tide’s pretty low it’s just closing out,” Slater explained. “The direction the wave comes in just won’t allow them to peak up anywhere, so it’s just a flip of a coin and hoping that something happens out there for you.”

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UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTER-FINAL MATCHUPS:

 QF1: Kai Otton (AUS) vs Joel Parkinson (AUS)
 QF2: John John Florence (HAW) vs Mick Fanning (AUS)
 QF3: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Filipe Toledo (BRA)
 QF4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs Julian Wilson (AUS)

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 5 RESULTS:
 Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9.60 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.17
 Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.17 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.94
 Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.73 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.64
 Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.20 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 7.44

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 4 RESULTS:
 Heat 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 19.17, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.80, Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.50
 Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 12.17, Mick Fanning (AUS) 8.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 6.73
 Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 10.00, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.44, Brett Simpson (USA) 7.30
 Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.43, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.77

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