Quik Pro Wrap-Up

Mick Fanning strengthens his No. 1 spot by taking down Gabriel Medina in France

| posted on October 04, 2013
The ever-focused Mick Fanning finds himself a little closer to a third world title. Photo: ASP

The ever-focused Mick Fanning finds himself a little closer to a third world title. Photo: ASP

The storyline of the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France actually began the day before. After losing to John John Florence in Round 4, Mick Fanning was forced to take on fellow world title contender Taj Burrow in the dangerous Round 5. Fresh off his Hurley Pro win, Burrow had the perfect opportunity to become a credible threat for the title. Fanning had other plans, making Burrow the first of two title contenders he took down en route to his fourth Quiksilver Pro France victory.

In the quarters, it was time for Fanning to repay the favor to Florence. Fanning was quick to post a 17-point, two-wave total, leaving Florence combo’d and forced to remain patient out the back in conditions that favored the active. Florence’s late rally fell short, and it was beginning to seem as if the elusive event win would finally be Fanning’s.

A pattern was beginning to form. In the next heat, Filipe Toledo started strong against Kelly Slater and never let up. Slater was left searching for an 8-point plus ride the remainder of the heat, which, even for Slater, was no easy task in these waves. Toledo was better suited to the conditions, which trumped Slater’s experience card. It’s worth noting, Slater won his first world title before Toledo was even born.

The semifinal draw insured an Australian and a Brazilian would face off in the final. On the top end of the draw, Fanning needed to solidify the No. 1 on the back of his jersey by defeating Joel Parkinson in the classic, all Aussie affair. It was a hard fought heat, but ultimately Fanning held on. Meanwhile, Medina quickly dismantled Toledo in a heat that saw as many airs as ridden waves.

Despite an underlying sense that finals day belonged to Fanning, it appeared early that the Final would be Medina’s. His high-flying antics on the frontside wedges left Fanning looking outmatched. But then, with the dropping tide, the lefts quickly lost their charm. Looking like the 2X World Champ that he is, Fanning adapted by connecting the rights all the way through to the inside and on to the podium.

Mick Fanning’s win gives him a 6,000-point lead in the world title race over Kelly Slater going into the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal next week. Though things are much closer than they appear. After the Rip Curl Pro, they will drop their lowest event score of the season, to the benefit of Slater, who is holding onto two 13ths.

1st – Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66
2nd – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00

SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03
SF2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.93

QF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.77 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.60
QF2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.77
QF3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.37 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.40
QF4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00

ASP WCT TOP 5 SURFERS (Following Quiksilver Pro France);
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 51,900 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 45,900 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 39,700 pts
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 39,400 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 38,950 pts

Click here to view photos from the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France.

Pick your Fantasy Surfer team before the waiting period for the Rip Curl Pro begins on Oct. 9.

  • jan key

    still feels like beating a dead dog… the scoring does not seem consistent…. higher score for 2 turns though the wave is 6 in. bigger then the other guy who nails it down the line….thats in the quarters…….. or the final where 3 turns get the highest score over real progressive surfing…. mind you there was a grovel ‘beg’ at the end of that wave

  • matt obrien

    That final was a joke right? I just watched heat review and the judges are telling us (and surfers) that Mick’s 6.1 was .4 less than Medina’s 6.5!? Seriously? Medina did 3 airs on one wave – with function – and Mick did two backside snaps! Then Mick’s 8.63 was seriously better than Medina’s huge full rotator? Seriously, is there a punch line I am missing? I also find it hard to believe that any of Mick’s waves were actually surfed better than Medina’s two scoring waves due to the fact that he mistimed most of his turns. I am in complete shock! Did I watch the wrong heat review? was that a different final that the one Mick won? WOW… that is B.S.!! IF you don’t believe me, go re-watch it AND tell me I am wrong. Also just a sidenote: No way Parko beat Kai. NO WAY!

    • Max

      I agree Medina’s 6.5 had one huge turn and two big airs with no grab and both stomped clean – Medina’s 6.5 should score close to Mick’s 3 turn 8.83.. Medina first turn was also a huge snap then he does two airs – so Medina can mix up carves, snaps and some of the best airs. Its Medina’s final.

  • Bobby C

    I feel bad for Gabriel Medina. Seems like he is consistently underscored in big heats. I like Mick’s work ethic, but seems pretty apparent that Gabriel won the event.

  • Ben

    Mick’s victory is a victory for repetitive, three-to-the-beach surfing. He absolutely shreds, but the below comments are correct; in those conditions, Medina’s surfing was superior.

  • Jake

    Matt quit posting this all over the internet. Mick surfed better in the final and I’m sure Gabriel would say the same thing. I do feel bad for Gabriel because he does get consistently underscored but Mick beat him in the final. Obviously you feel differently but a ton of people would agree that surfing with the speed and power of Mick is harder than racing past sections for an air reverse. The full rotations with huge height that Gabriel does are insane but he didn’t pull those in the final.

  • johnta

    The judges are not ready for you Medina. Your surfing is way ahead of its time.

  • Yo

    You guys are dumb. Not an airshow. In a contest, the routine…the flow, and linking turns matters. Gabe spent too much time pumping for the opportune section. It matters to connect turns/airs smoothly; turn/air to bottom turn to turn/air to bottom turn etc. Gabe is phenomenal and once he utilizes all sections and uses maneuvers to get to the big air sections instead of 20 yards of pumping he’ll be unbeatable. But, yes, obviously he had a HUGE advantage in those waves… Mick was fortunate the lefts deteriorated.

  • zach

    what a joke, i just watched the heats on demand and once again in another event the judging left me wishing I hadn’t watched…