Because, you know, the implication…
Guess what: you’re not going to stop hearing about the 2014 World Title race. Ever. Or at least not until the battle’s been won and people shout yahoo, celebrate and say how great it was for 9 days then inevitably forget about it for a few months and start talking about how 2015 will be Jordy’s year, again — he’s just so mature now! But until then, it’s title talk. It’s Kelly VS Gabriel. It’s Gabriel VS Kelly. And today, it was Kelly and Gabriel VS Rounds 3 and 4 at the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France.
How high are you?
Man. So high. Like too high to even function! Such was the story of the tide this morning. Two heats were ran bright and early, but things got called off when it became apparent that it was hard to get anything over a 5 out there (Gabriel Medina had a 9.40 heat total. That doesn’t happen.). A few hours later with a little bit more wind and a little bit less water and was time to say goodbye to Round 3. These men bid farewell with a kiss.
Filipe Toledo: In our 2014 Peer Poll, Filipe Toledo was listed as the biggest threat to soon win the world title. He proved why today with a 9.60. For turns.
Jadson Andre: Jadson spent the back half of the high-tide break doing the most tweaked airs the French had ever seen. He then beat Joel Parkinson in the last heat of Round 3 and for a moment there, Jadson Andre was the happiest man on earth. He’s still got a long way to go if he wants to crawl out of the WCT’s dungeon, but all things are possible. Aren’t they?
Taj Burrow: Remember the France section in MonTaj? Not much has changed.
The silhouette of champions…
Champions of the no-losers round, at least. Round 4 was dispatched at approximately 5pm French time, just as the sun started to dive into the Atlantic. It was romance time for some. For others, it was a really difficult contest to watch because you can’t fucking see anything other than golden ultraviolet pain. Still, these silhouettes looked the best.
Kolohe Andino: Not that this publication hasn’t been infatuated with the kid since before he could even fathom that acoustic guitar player facial hair he’s been running, but Kolohe recently turned his heats into must-watch TV. He’s one of the most exciting surfers on tour. Watch his 8.67 for proof.
Gabriel Medina: You hear that he’s in the running for a world title? Yeah, Brazil’s first they say. He put up 16.67 points today in a heat in which neither Jean Jean Florence nor Jaque Kerr couldn’t crack the double digits. And you better believe he claimed — somebody’s feeeeling it.
Miguel Pupo: After a 5-event string of 25ths and 13ths, Miggy picked himself the apple of a 9th at Lowers. Today, he continued his I’m too talented to lose this early roll alive by defeating the hulk himself, Owen Wright. Then he beat Kelly Slater and Filipe Toledo in Round 4, earning himself at least a 5th.
Jordy Smith: Power with a little bit of panache to dismantle Julian Wilson, then a convincing win in Round 4. 2015 is totally going to be his year.
They say that tomorrow…
The grapevine in France does not speak. It gets plucked apart, stomped on by bare feet, fermented in a wooden cask, then bottled up and sucked down as if it were one of life’s most dire necessities. However, if it did speak, it would say that tomorrow will be the best day of the waiting period with 8-10 foot waves. And if it surmised, it would surmise that the contest might even finish. But again, we’re talking grapes here. —Brendan Buckley
Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Round 3 Results (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.90 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.77
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.40 def. Jeremy Flores (BRA) 7.50
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.27 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.93
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.33
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.10 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.50
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.14 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.36
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.03 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.03
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.70 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.86
Quiksilver Pro France Round 4 Results (1st Advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5):
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.50, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.24, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.16
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.93, John John Florence (HAW) 5.87
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.83, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.00, Kelly Slater (USA) 6.60
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.67, Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 5.17
Quiksilver Pro France Round 5 Match-Ups (1st Advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 9th):
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Match-Ups (1st Advances to Semifinals, 2nd Finishes Equal 5th):
QF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. TBD
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
QF 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBD