Kelly vs. Dane – Quikpro France 2012

Quiksilver Pro France Joel Parkinson Perfect 10

A fuzzy view of Joel Parkinson’s perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals against Gabriel Medina

 

In the wee Friday morning hours on the East Coast, the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France was getting underway in the waters of La Graviere in France. With 3 of the top 4 surfers on tour in the semifinals (John John Florence, Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater), the race for this year’s World Title heated up. In the end, it was Kelly and Dane Reynolds who paddled out for the Finals. Sadly, I was asleep and missed watching it live. Thank goodness for Heat Review. Kelly scored 17.26 points to Dane’s 14 points, securing his 51st World Tour victory – and his first victory in France in 20 years.

I did get to watch Day 4 of the event on Thursday, in-between dropping off the kids at school and working at home. It was a busy day with final heats of Round 3, Rounds 4 and 5, and the Quarterfinals all running. Some surfers surfed four heats that day. The early rounds were a little weird but the day turned magical at dusk and the waves started pumping for the Quarterfinals.

 

Joel Parkinson faced Gabriel Medina, a young Brazillian who’s part of the new guard on tour, in the 3rd quarterfinal and put Medina in a combo situation early on. Medina stayed in that situation – needing a combined total from two waves in order to best Joel’s standing score – the rest of the heat. Joel scored a gorgeous barrel, standing up straight and tall – all six feet of him with room to spare – earning himself a perfect 10. He earned 18.83 points to Medina’s 12.9 points.

Then, Kelly paddled out to face Kieren Perrow in the last quarterfinal and last heat of the day. Earlier in Round 4, Kieren beat Kelly but this time, Kelly had Kieren without many options. Kelly’s throwaway scores from the heat were better than other waves he scored during the rest of the contest. He ended up keeping one perfect 10 and another near perfect score.

But, I think that the most exciting part was having Dane in the event. Everyone loves Dane and he’s arguably the most innovative surfer hands down. But he rarely competes on tour so he added a bit of spark. It’s always interesting to see how he performs in this more structured surfing format.

Winning the Quik Pro France, Kelly is now in second place in the World Title race, only 750 points behind Joel. With only three events left on the schedule, will this be the year of World Title #12 for Kelly??

 

 

Comments

    • admin says

      He totally inspires me – how he can look at what the young kids are doing and do it better. Seriously, he’s amazing. I know that some people are sick of him but whatever. I could watch him surf all day :-)

      I know, the waves have been pretty flat up here too. Here’s wishing a nice October swell comes our way!

    • admin says

      It’s fun to be able to watch surfing live at the beach but I have to resort to watching online, most of the time here in NYC. I have crazy friends who surf up in Canada and freeze their bums off!

  1. says

    Kelly is such an inspiration! We have been to Cocoa Beach and surfed his home break. We have seen how the town has paid homage to his life’s works as a surfer. In a word, dedicated! If you have seen his photos from when he was young very often he was at the beach perfecting his surfing style. I remember reading an article where he stated that his brothers were what helped to create his competitive edge. In his lifetime it has paid off immensely. It is great to see someone so dedicated and sincere. He is my all time favorite surfer hands down. Can you imagine surfing the entire worlds oceans? Or lining up with him in the line up? Yikes! He is brave, healthy, strong, and smart. I am not surprised to hear that he wins, because of the level of passion that he displays again and again!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Michelle. I’ve heard a little of Kelly talking about his brothers and how competitive they were. He’s an incredible athlete and does so much to give back to his community and fans and I admire that.

  2. says

    Oh how I love Kelly Slater! I have had a crush on him since I was 12! And he is still going strong as a pro!!! Inspirational and cute! :)

  3. says

    It’s a dream of mine to one day try surfing. I have lived in Southern California for 37 years and have never surfed!

    However, for completely unknown reasons I have developed a fear of the ocean as I’ve grown older. I have a friend who wants me to do triathlons with him but the notion of swimming in the open water freezes my blood. I’m thinking that when my wife and I go to Hawaii for our anniversary in March, I’ll try to find some nice, calm waters and try some easy surfing or paddle boarding or something (with an instructor, of course).

    I used to love the ocean as a kid. The more time I spend away from it the less I truly know it.

    Kelly Slater and those warriors can have the big surf, but I wouldn’t mind seeing if I can stand up on a ripple or two.
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    • admin says

      I will absolutely admit that I have a healthy fear of the ocean. I totally understand when you say that the open water freezes your blood. When I was training for my first triathlon and had to do an open water swim practice, I couldn’t breathe and could barely swim and I’ve grown up in the water and swimming! I don’t know what it is about it but it terrifies me. Same thing with surfing. I actually wrote a post about it: http://www.lovelifesurf.com/2012/08/fear-of-the-ocean.html

      I will say that I’m glad that I decided to try and to face my fear. It still scares me and I think that it’s important to have a healthy fear of the ocean because the ocean is a very powerful place. I hope that you have a chance to give it a try in March in Hawaii. Paddle boarding it totally doable and less intimidating but if you find a good place to coach you and give you surf lessons, it is an incredible experience.

  4. says

    First of all, I love the fact that your coach helped you learn what you needed to learn by making you swim back to shore.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I was talking to my wife last night about the trip and it’s settled; I’m taking surf lessons when we get there.

    • admin says

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to take a lesson. I want to hear all about it and in the meantime, let me know if you have questions. I’m no expert or anything but happy to share my experiences.

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