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Rollin Through The Heats On Day One at Hossegor

September 26, 2014

2014 Quiksilver Pro France – Round 1, Heat 5

Kelly Slater {USA}, Matt Wilkinson {AUS} and Wildcard Matt Banting {AUS} went head to head at Hossegor.


Matt Wilkinson and wildcard Matt Banting owned the opening exchanges, with Wilko taking an early lead before the ingenue quickly took over. Slater was slower to find his rhythm and spent the first half of the heat trailing his opponents.

On what became a heat party wave, Slater pulled off a huge air reverse but backed off for Wilkinson, who had priority. Despite the quick exit, he earned a 9.00, reminding the judges just what he’s capable of. Still, it would be the only perfectly executed boost for the 11-time World Champ. He tallied a handful of middling scores. Wilkinson took the win, leaving Slater and Banting to battle again in Round 2.

Results: Wilkinson, 14.67 vs. Slater, 14.50 vs. vs. Banting, 11.50

Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Results (1st advances to Round 3, 2nd & 3rd to Round 2) :

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.16, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.97, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.10
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.33, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.80, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.93
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.73, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.00, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.84
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.50, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 10.83, Kai Otton (AUS) 5.17
Heat 5: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.67, Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50, Matt Banting (AUS) 13.43
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.17, Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.56, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.43
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.90, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.76, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.43
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.77, Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.00, John John Florence (HAW) 12.73
Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.16, Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.03, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.90
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.60, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.84, Nat Young (USA) 12.06
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.43, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.14
Heat 12: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.23, Adam Melling (AUS) 12.00, Owen Wright (AUS) 10.43

Quiksilver Pro France Round Match-Ups (1st advances to Round 3, 2nd Finishes Equal 25th) :
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Check out the full reports from all the heats here: http://www.aspworldtour.com/posts/70604/live-blog-quiksilver-pro-france

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