For the tenth day in a row and final day of competition at the Quik ‘n Roxy Pro France, Peter Mel was wearing a scarf again. It made perfect sense as this morning the thermometer said 4 degrees which is, like, 39 in real-temperature, and that’s still colder than fuck. I was there. It was freezing. So cold, in fact, that during the first couple heats of Quarters, the heat rose off the water’s surface and looked like smoke on the bayou. That, or Julian Wilson was just caught on fire against an also in-form Italo Fereirra. God, Julian was surfing well. Guy was drawing arcs out there that had animals running toward the water in pairs of two. Check your Old Testament if ya don’t get that analogy. Or don’t.
Then Julian lost to Bede in the Semis. Which I did not see coming. In fact there were quite a few things that I did, and also did not, see coming today. Shall we begin?
Saw That Coming: Tyler Wright spanking Tatiana Weston-Webb. It’s not that Tatiana wasn’t surfing well the entire event, (cause she was ripping) but shortly before the Final, I saw her get dropped off by the event truck and the look on her face was like pair of Colombian maracas at a Shakira concert: Rattled. That’s fine. It was her first real ‘CT final. But the look on Tyler Wright’s face paddling out? Fucking Mike Tyson, circa ’88. Roof-less.
Did Not See That Coming: There was an hour-plus window after the Semis where the event was on hold. Why? In that hour as the tide quickly shifted from low to high, Mick Fanning got, like, an off-jersey 10, and countless others were getting bombs on the far right bank. Totally contestable, but they waited. No idea why; it was firing. A question: Does a women’s final HAVE to come before a men’s final? Like, is that WSL law?
Saw That Coming: Gabriel winning. A 10 here, a 10 there, Gabs lighting it up on his backhand EVERYWHERE. Yeah, everybody — including the judges — blew their load over that massive rotator he did in Round 4, but, how about the two high 9’s after it? Indeed, Medina has proven that he’s got THE best backhand bottom-turn-to-whip in the world right now; it’s fucking unparalleled. No one is quicker, tighter and projects more than he – and Gabs won this whole bitch on his backside.
Did Not See That Coming: Mick losing to Bede in the Quarters. This surprised me more than Julian losing to Bede in the Semis which surprised me even more than Bede getting to the Quarters in the first place. Honestly, the way Bede gets past Round 5 — let alone into a Final — is much like when you find out that your dad has some weird unknown talent he’s never shared with you like being super good at tango-dancing. Like, I remember when I found out that my dad could play the harmonica really well. It was shocking. But back to Mick. Umm…yeah, just didn’t see that coming. –Beau Flemister
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:
1- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50
2- Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.44
ROXY PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:
1- Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.10
2- Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.93
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.73 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.84
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.50
ROXY PRO FRANCE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.87 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 4.43
SF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 3.83
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.00 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 9.00
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.10 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.57
QF 3: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.37 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.83
QF 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.43 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.10
WSL Men’s Top 5 (after Quiksilver Pro France):
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 49,900 pts
2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 49,450 pts
3. Owen Wright (AUS) 43,600 pts
4. Julian Wilson (AUS) 41,450 pts
5. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 40,650 pts
WSL Women’s Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 59,500 pts
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 58,600 pts
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 51,200 pts
4. Lakey Peterson (USA) 47,000 pts
5. Tyler Wright (AUS) 45,200 pts