The seventh stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France was forced to halt competition early Monday, but the world’s best surfers still provided fireworks amidst the challenging conditions. Quiksilver’s Julian Wilson, wildcard into the Quiksilver Pro France, caused a major upset this morning, defeating current ASP World No. 6, Bede Durbidge with a strong backhand wave at the end of the heat.
“I got through so that’s a great feeling,” Wilson said. “It was a close one. I only needed a small score at the end and I knew I was going to get the opportunity and all I had to do was not fall off. In a World Tour event, you don’t expect to surf waves like that so I feel bad for Bede. Hopefully we can get better conditions for the next one.”
Currently ranked No. 77 on the ASP World Rankings, Wilson is looking to qualify for the elite ASP Top 34 as soon as 2011.
“I started my competitive year about halfway through,” Wilson said. “I had an injury at the start that I needed to take time to rehab. When I came back, I won a 6-Star in SriLanka which was amazing. When I came to Europe and was premiering my movie and didn’t really net a result. Hopefully I can get through a few more heats here and build some confidence to make a big push through the rest of the year.”
Kelly Slater, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, survived a wave-starved Round 2 bout today against wildcard Maxime Huscenot in the opening heat of the day.
“Maxime (Huscenot) surf really well,” Slater said. “The waves being so flat today, I think it was more of an equalizer. Yesterday there was such a luck factor and literally anyone could have got a wave that would ultimately get you the score. I thought one of us would get one of those lefts down the beach but we didn’t. It was tough going out there.”
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QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 10.00 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 7.40
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.44 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.24
Heat 3: Gabe Kling (USA) 11.20 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.10
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE REMAINING ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 5: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 7: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 10: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA