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Shea Lopez On Quik Pro Day 3

| posted on September 30, 2010
Luke Munro nearly scored a perfect 10 in his victory over Andy Irons. Photo: Joli

Luke Munro scored a near perfect 10 in his victory over Andy Irons. Photo: Joli

At Lowers, surfers were almost guaranteed to find two nice waves to ride in their heats; in France, it has been a challenge to find even one. Not that the surf has been bad, it’s just been challenging. And when the ocean brings these types of conditions, more often than not, it unfortunately comes down to what waves you catch.

Today AI opened up his heat by masterfully coming from behind the crumble and into a draining pit for a 9.07. It was, up until then, the wave of the comp. Up against notorious underachiever Luke Munro—and considering that the average heat win total up to that point was around the 10-point mark—I (along with everyone else) expected that one wave to pretty much seal the win for AI. The remainder of the heat was a very different story. With both surfers in the same spot in the lineup, AI never found another score. Munro found three great waves in the second half of the heat—the best one being a 9.77 (even though it was worth 20 points given the day’s conditions).

AI hasn’t been the only wave-starved surfer of the event either. I’m no statistician, but I’d be willing to bet this event has seen the lowest total heat scores of the year: Powers with 2.33, Ross with 3.06, Knox with 2.24, Kling with 1.96, Slater with 4.00, and Martinez with 5.07. And with many others registering single-digit totals after 30 minutes of surfing, you better believe it’s hard to find a wave out there. Bede, Adriano, and Bobby would surely agree after suffering second-round losses in the first major upsets of the Quiksilver Pro.

Round Three will, hopefully for everyone, start at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Stacked with good match-ups, there should be a much higher level of surfing to watch. Kelly vs. Julian looks to be the rematch Kelly’s been waiting for ever since his loss at Snapper in 2009 to Julian. And as if Kelly needs to look for any extra motivation to perform right now, he will have plenty extra to draw from when he gets unleashed in the French surf tomorrow in hopes of getting even with Julian. Hopefully the number of quality waves coming through tomorrow goes up because I’m ready to start seeing the best surfing win heats instead of the best wave-catching deciding the winner as we’ve seen thus far.

Dan Ross upset Bobby Martinez and will now meet Taj Burrow in Round 3. Photo: Joli

A total score of 10.77 was all Dan Ross needed to get past Bobby Martinez . Photo: Joli

The air-reverse has become Jadson Andre's finishing maneuver. Jadson stuck to the lefts and was able to overcome Matt Wilkinson's backhand. Photo: Joli Jadson Andre worked the lefts to overcome Matt Wilkinson. Photo: Joli
Inconsistent and shifty conditions got the best of Roy Powers, as he was only able to post a total score of 2.33. Photo: Joli

Inconsistent conditions got the best of Roy Powers, as he could only post a total score of 2.33. Photo: Joli

Tom Whitaker won his first World Tour heat of the year against Tiago Pires. Photo: Joli

Tom Whitaker's, power surfing against Taigo Pires, got him his first heat win of the year. Photo: Joli

Photo: Joli

Photo: Joli

Matt Wilkinson will head to Portugal. Photo: Joli

Matt Wilkinson's, strong backhand couldn't keep up with Jadson Andre's progressive surfing. Photo: Joli

Immediately following Andy Irons' 9.07, Luke Munro answered back with a 9.77. Photo: Joli

Immediately following Andy Irons' 9.07, Luke Munro answered back with a 9.77. Photo: Joli

Michel Bourez will face-off against Chris Davidson in Round 3. Photo: Joli

Michel Bourez, will face-off against Chris Davidson in Round 3. Photo: Joli

Tiago Pires can set his sights on the Rip Curl Pro, an event he is favored to do well in. Photo: Joli

Tiago Pires, will now head home to Portugal in preparation for the Rip Curl Pro. Photo: Joli

  • Dewey

    The guys on WCT are so good they can and do make bad waves look good. The surf was crappy, not challenging. It was a mostly closed out beach break with maybe 2 out of 10 waves makeable by the best surfers in the world. Round two was a luck contest, not a surfing contest.