Friday, September 26, 2014
Updated: Saturday, September 27, 2014
No questions asked: Hossegor was pumping on the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro France and it was ON.
Wildcard Matt Banting (AUS) is No. 1 in the Qualification Series but struggled in Round 1.
Defending event champion Mick Fanning (AUS) placed second in his Round 1 heat.
Jeremy Flores (FRA) upset the defending champ as well as aerial specialist Filipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 1 with an excellent 16.73 heat total.
Mick Fanning (AUS) prepares for Round 1.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) launched his air game for an excellent 8.83 and claimed his Round 1 heat.
Splitting the peak: Kelly Slater (USA) takes the high road while Matt Wilkinson (AUS) digs deep.
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) winning his Round 1 heat.
Gabriel Medina (BRA) continued his raid toward becoming the 2014 World Champion and won the direct advance to Round 3.
Wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) finished second during Round 1 and will take on 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in Round 2.
Adriano De Souza (BRA) scored a 9.03 in his Round 1 victory.
Aritz Aranburu (ESP) finished third in De Souza's heat.
True to form, Julian Wilson (AUS) took to the air and earned a direct advance into Round 3.
After a runner-up finish at Trestles, John John Florence (HAW) faltered in Round 1 in France and placed third.
Brett Simpson (USA) finished third in his Round 1 heat. He'll face Kolohe Andino (USA) in the first elimination round.
Hot off his first event win of the season, Jordy Smith (ZAF) topped his Round 1 heat.
Alejo Muniz (BRA) notched an excellent 8.17 in his Round 1 heat but placed second. He'll face Hawaiian Freddy Patacchia in Round 2.