Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Schedule: Round 2 (Heats 1-9)
Conditions: 4-to-6-foot faces at Hossegor.
Both combatants in Heat 1 went big on their openers. Kelly Slater went for an air unsuccessfully. Wildcard Dane Reynolds, looking for his first-ever win against Slater, pulled off a full rotation for the early lead. Slater’s rebound was an aggressive series of frontside snaps and cutbacks that netted an 8.00 and a lead change. A rail gouge and a tail-slide upped his early throwaway to a midrange score.
With two solid scores banked, Slater went big. He pulled off a full-rotation air without a grab for a second excellent score, putting the wildcard on his heels. Reynolds was still looking for his third ride and chasing a near-perfect nine-pointer as the clock clicked past the 5-minute mark. He found a midrange five, which didn’t change his situation and Slater on to the next round.
“I knew he hadn’t got a win on me, but to me that means nothing,” said Slater, who is now 11-0 against Reynolds. “Everyone knows what Dane’s capable of. Maybe he didn’t do it in 30 minutes but he can do whatever he wants on a wave. He does a lot of stuff most people can’t do.”
Result: Slater, 16.27, def. Reynolds, 11.84:
Quiksilver Pro France Round Results (1st advances to Round 3, 2nd Finishes Equal 25th) :
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 11.84
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.70 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 9.43
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.83 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.97
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.10 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 9.97
Heat 5: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.74 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.00
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.07 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 9.20
Heat 7: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.13 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.90
Heat 8: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.93 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.77
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.03 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.60
Remaining Round 3 Match-Ups:
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)
Click on here for a full report on all the heats of the day http://www.aspworldtour.com/posts/71160/quik-pro-live-day-2-blog