Sunday, October 3, 2010

Quicksilver Pro France

Competition Site: Culs Nus Beach, Hossegor, France. Photo from Quicksilver Pro France website.

Jordy Smith from South Africa during his Heat. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

Jordy Smith after winning his Heat.

Massive Waves. Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Owen Wright calling for board number four. Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Tom Whitaker from Australia heading out to start his heat.

Brett Simpson getting barrelled. Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Kelly Slater in fine form. Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Brett Simpson putting on a show for the crowd. Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Beautiful Afternoon and Waves

Water Taxis

Quite the Crowd

And the winner is... Mick Fanning from Australia!! Kelly Slater (left), Mick Fanning (center), Brett Simpson (right) and Adrian Buchan (far right). Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Pro France website.

Yesterday, was the finale of the week long Quicksilver Pro France. My first time attending a pro surfing event and it was nothing short of fantastic. Great surfing, video screenings (Pro surfer Julian Wilson's new video “Scratching the Surface”, interviews and parties (DC party and Muskova party).

There were several mammoth days of action in pumping barrels of 6-9 foot waves at Culs Nus Beach in Hossegor, the best were the last two days of competition. All the pros were out in fine form, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds and Tom Whitaker, just to name a few. Owen Wright from Australia broke three boards during his 30 minute heat against Dan Ross who also broke a board.

The final day of competition saw the best of the best battle it out in the quarters, semis and final. It was also by far the best day of the entire competition, culminating in dramatic fashion with a bevy of high scoring rides amidst the massive waves. The final duel saw Mick Fanning (reigning ASP World Champion) and Kelly Slater (former nine time ASP World Champion and current ASP No. 1) battle it out in the big barrels, with Fanning clinching his second consecutive Quicksilver Pro France win. Fanning said “Last year, the waves weren't really pumping. This year, it almost didn't feel like a surf contest, but rather a bunch of guys getting barrelled off their heads for a few days”. Congratulations Mick!

Check out the Quicksilver Pro France website for more photos, videos and results.