The Quiksilver Pro France came to an end on Friday, October 5, 2012 at La Graviere in France's Hossgeor region. Mother Nature welcomed the remaining surfers with offshore winds and waves in the six foot range. Here's a quick rundown on some of the final results:
The quarterfinals wrapped up in style on Thursday afternoon. It started with a one-sided surf heat between John John Florence (HAW) and Miguel Pupo (BRA). The high-flying Hawaiian dominated the matchup from start to finish. His best waves were a 6 point ride and a 9.33 point tube ride. Miguel Pupo, on the other hand, did not fare so well. His best waves were a 1 point ride and a 1.50 point ride. John John Florence won the heat with 15.33 points.
Heat 2 also proved to be a one-sided affair. It featured Dane Reynolds (USA) and Kolohe Andino (USA). Dane Reynolds best waves were a 9.10 point ride and a 6.10 point ride. He won the surf heat with 15.20 points. Kolohe Andino completed the surf heat with 1.27 points. Considering what happened in Round 5, Heat 2, I thought that it was ironic that Andino ended up with such a low score.
Heat 3 featured Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA). If you ask me, Joel Parkinson was on fire. His best waves were a 10 point barrel ride and an 8.83 point ride. He won the surf heat with 18.83 points
Heat 4 featured Kieren Perrow (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA). Throughout the heat, Kelly Slater appeared to be a man on a mission. His best waves were a 10 point ride and a 9.93 point ride. He won the surf heat with 19.93 points.
Heat 1 of the semifinals kicked off with a nail-biter between John John Florence (HAW) and Dane Reynolds (USA). Florence held the lead for most of the surf heat and then lost it to Reynolds. His coup de grace came in the form of a 6.70 point ride. Reynolds delivered the blow in the waning minutes of the matchup and Florence was unable to recover. Dane Reynolds won the surf heat with 15.70 points. John John Florence completed the heat with 15.60 points.
Heat 2 featured surfers Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA). Slater won the matchup after delivering a 5.67 point ride and a 6.60 point ride. I thought that he displayed a tremendous amount of speed and flair in his surfing.
The final surf heat was between Kelly Slater (USA) and Dane Reynolds (USA). Kelly Slater took an early lead and didn't let it go. At one point in the matchup, he grabbed a barrel ride. When he came out of it, he launched into a great aerial. It earned him 9.33 points and solidified his lead. He won the surf heat with 17.26 points. Dane Reynolds completed the heat with 14 points. His best wave was a 7.50 point ride.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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