After an amazing display of surfing and waves at Lower Trestles, the ASP World Tour finds itself in the south of France for event No. 7 of 10 for the Quiksilver Pro. Kelly Slater, who once again put the rest of the tour on notice that the king of surfing is alive and well with his dominating win at Lowers, slipped up in his first round heat, totaling a mere four points for his two-wave average for the heat. Yes, I did say four points, in a first round that saw challenging, big and closed-out waves for most of the competitors.
Some winners of the first round included San Clemente's Pat Gudauskas, Huntington Beach's Brett Simpson and Florida's C.J. Hobgood, along with No. 2- and 3-ranked surfers Jordy Smith and Taj Burrow.
Three heats have so far been held in round two, with Slater leading the way, winning his heat along with wild-card entry Julian Wilson, with a major upset over Hurley Pro finalist Bede Durbidge, and Gabe Kling, with another major upset win over No. 5-ranked surfer Adriano de Souza.