Gusts of progress…
Isn’t it lovely, that breeze of change? It was blowing from speedo to breast at the 2014 Roxy Pro France today. In my sometimes humble and often airs-or-die opinion, it was the best day of women’s surfing in the history of gender — specifically the final. Courtney Conlogue and Tyler Wright were heading north of the lip on nearly every wave, like geese departing from Canada to flee winter’s snowy wrath. Did I mention the guys surfed too? Yeah, 7 heats. An interesting day to say the very least. And a great day at that. Turns out the wind of progress look a whole lot like a flaccid blue, white and red flag — the literal wind stayed calm all day. It was the perfect accomplice to the head-high peaks. Did you bring your baguette?
Women and children first? What is this, the sinking Titanic? The Internet hath no icebergs, so we’ll forget about all that and talk about the Quik Pro right now. We saw three heats of Round 2 and four heats of Round 3 and that somehow made sense. The ASP prepared a co-ed sandwich out of the day, with on option of fries and a cola for an extra $1.50. A great deal. Here’s who supersized.
Filipe Toledo: Filipe landed an air bigger than my house. Mind you, I live in a sullen ranch style apartment complex with a throng of Hungarian immigrants but still — he was up there. If your eyebrows don’t raise every time his feet hit the wax, you’re watching surfing wrong.
Kolohe Andino: The judges gave him more than a 3 for his airs today! He beat Frederick P. and did so smoothly. Somebody’s has a pep in their step, eh hog boy?
John John Florence: Mister John started his heat against Sebastian Zietz by trying airs that were bigger than my Hungarian ranch home on every single wave and he didn’t land any of ’em. Seabass got barreled and put him in a bit of a hole, then John tried something new: safety surfing. It worked! A soft 8 and control of the heat! #teamturns
Gabriel Medina: He didn’t even surf a heat today, but he’s probably going to win the world title so there’s that.
About that gust…
Yeah, it blew! In a good way. A fantastic way. The final heat of the Roxy Pro was probably the airiest female heat ever. Courtney Conlogue and Tyler Wright both caught waves shortly after the horn hooted and did turns. Ty got a big score; Court didn’t. Ty used it as an excuse to let her hair down and go big; Court used it to play the fine, I’ll just go rogue card. Suddenly, airs were being hucked and sometimes landed on every wave. It was perfect. Sure, we saw semis and quarters today — they were great — but I’m only going to talk about this one heat because I want to put emphasis on it. It’s a far better option than emphasizing via all caps. While Courtney’s airs were better, Tyler was able to land hers and won the heat with a 19.20 total. And the 2014 Women’s World Title race now has more turns than one of these hell-born French roundabouts.
They say that tomorrow…
The sand bar’s still good. The swell won’t die. But we still have a coon’s age left in the waiting period and only 1.5 more days required to complete the contest. Your call, Kieren Perrow. I’ll be waiting you handsome son of a bitch. —Brendan “Oliver Gillespie Rips” Buckley
Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 19.20
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.43
Roxy Pro France Semifinals Results (1st advances to Finals, 2nd finishes Equal 3rd):
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.50
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.10
Roxy Pro France Quarterfinals Results (1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd finishes Equal 5th):
QF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.53 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.50
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.24
QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.20
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.60 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5.03
Current ASP Women's WCT Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):
1. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 57,900 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 56,200 pts
3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 55,950 pts
4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,700 pts
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 38,850 pts
Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Round 2 Results:
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.60 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 10.50
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.00 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 15.77
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.00 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.10
Quiksilver Pro France Round 3 Results (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.27 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.53
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.67 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.23
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.60
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 15.17 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.17
Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Round 3 Match-Ups (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (BRA)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)