Quik Pro France Photos: Les Tubes

Must be nice to walk up to the event and see this on tap. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Must be nice to walk up to the event and see this on tap. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

To say France was firing today would be an understatement. Les tubes! We love France! 20 heats were run today and the ASP couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The world’s top pros were getting some of the best barrels they’ve gotten on tour this year.

With an early heat against Brett Simpson, Dane Reynolds faltered a bit and was eventually knocked out—not to say that Simpo’s surfing wasn’t incredible, because it was.

One of the waves that defeated Owen's three boards. Kid was going for it, that's for sure. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

One of the waves that defeated Owen's three boards. Kid was going for it, that's for sure. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Simpo did everything right today to take down Dane Reynolds—airs, barrels, turns. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Simpo did everything right today to take down Dane Reynolds—airs, barrels, turns. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Dan Ross has been a maniac in France. So far he's knocked out Bobby Martinez, Taj Burrow, and Owen Wright. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Dan Ross has been a maniac in France. So far he's knocked out Bobby Martinez, Taj Burrow, and Owen Wright. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

If that doesn’t surprise you enough, it’s been the Australian Dan Ross who has been one of the top standouts the last two days. Yes, Dan Ross, number 31 in the world. He’s been coming out of some of the deepest barrels and has already put up his best World Tour result to date just by reaching the quarters. Whether or not he can hang with Simpo is yet to be seen though. But in Dan’s Round 4 match-up against Owen Wright, it was quite the board breaking affair. Owen snapped three boards and didn’t have a fourth, having to head back out on the ski the last time on a Tom Whitaker board. Dan also broke one himself that heat but after taking out both Taj and Owen today (and Bobby Martinez yesterday), we’re sure Mr. Ross will sacrifice that one board for performances like that.

Mick Fanning getting the sticks ready, knowing board breakers were on hand today in France. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Mick Fanning getting the sticks ready, knowing board breakers were on hand today in France. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Despite being on home turf, Jeremy Flores was knocked out today by Jadson Andre. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Despite being on home turf, Jeremy Flores was knocked out today by Jadson Andre. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Owen Wright's backhand barrel prowess was surely put to the test today. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Owen Wright's backhand barrel prowess was surely put to the test today. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Surely the wave of the day though went to Mr. Kieren Perrow, who nearly saw his end on tour weeks ago after not making the cut at Teahupoo, only to be awarded an injury wildcard days later. Against Jadson Andre in Round 5 Kieren pulled into a dark, cavernous gurgler and disappeared for what seemed like minutes. Seconds later he appeared and was given a 9.73 (second highest score of the contest) and sent Jadson home packing.

Of course, Kelly, Mick, and Jordy were all on point today, and this thing seems to be turning into a three-man race. But it’s still only October 1st, and Mick and Jordy have a pivotal match-up in the quarters. Stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for full coverage this weekend as the remaining seven heats are run and a 2010 Quiksilver Pro champion is crowned. Vive les tubes!—Ryan Brower

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QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Daniel Ross (AUS) 16.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.33
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) 8.77 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 7.23
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.34 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.30
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.27 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 6.23
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.00 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 8.83
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.53 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.60
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.84 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 2.60
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.60
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.67 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.77
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 8.90 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.10
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.50 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.66
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.27 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 5.50

Julian Wilson opted for the springsuit (Slater's favorite), but it didn't help him any against King Kelly. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Julian Wilson opted for the springsuit (Slater's favorite), but it didn't help him any against King Kelly. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Owen Wright holding on for life and limb. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Owen Wright holding on for life and limb. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Jordy was all smiles and shakas today after a Round 4 victory that shot him to the quarters where he now awaits a match-up with Mick Fanning. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Jordy was all smiles and shakas today after a Round 4 victory that shot him to the quarters where he now awaits a match-up with Mick Fanning. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Brett Simpson (USA) 10.67, Daniel Ross (AUS) 10.53, Taylor Knox (USA) 6.40
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.20, Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.63, Owen Wright (AUS) 9.26
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.40, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.37, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6.73
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.93, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 7.10, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 2.83

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Dan Ross (AUS) 15.07 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.50
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.30 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.23 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.86
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 2.97

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1:
Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
QF 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Kelly is looking pretty damn determined right about now. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Kelly is looking pretty damn determined right about now. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Kelly Slater now awaits his quarters match-up with Michel Bourez. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Kelly Slater now awaits his quarters match-up with Michel Bourez. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

World number 2 Jordy Smith showing no signs of bitterness after having lost the number 1 title at Lowers. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

World number 2 Jordy Smith showing no signs of bitterness after having lost the number 1 title at Lowers. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Simpo en route to taking down Dane. Simpo will square off in the quarters with one of the standouts of the last two days, Dan Ross. Yes, Dan Ross has been a standout the last two days... Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Simpo en route to taking down Dane. Simpo will square off in the quarters with one of the standouts of the last two days, Dan Ross. Yes, Dan Ross has been a standout the last two days... Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Dane suffered another early morning heat loss today. Hey ASP put all Dane's heats later in the day and we'd have a new world champ! Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Dane suffered another early morning heat loss today. Hey ASP put all Dane's heats later in the day and we'd have a new world champ! Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

But Dane still managed to pull a turn like this. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

But Dane still managed to pull a turn like this. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

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