HOSSEGOR, France (Thursday, September 22, 2006) – Surfers competing in the Quiksilver Pro France presented by Evian are at the ready as the waiting period for the eighth event on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour begins tomorrow, Friday September 22.
And with the immediate swell forecast looking extremely promising there is every chance that the event could kick off in quality waves in the morning.
“We are looking at a large north west swell building through Friday and Saturday, with good conditions expected in the mornings over the weekend,” said Ben Matson of swellnet.com.au “And while Monday and Tuesday may be bumpy with onshore winds and an easing swell, the second half of next week is looking very promising for sizeable waves.”
Surfers have been drifting into the surf side town of Hossegor, located in the south of France, over the past 24 hours and having just finished competing in the last event less than six days ago will be fighting jetlag and fatigue before taking on the first round if it goes ahead tomorrow.
But given that these surfers are the best of the best, the standard as always will be mind-blowing as they tackle the first 16 heats of round one.
As is the standard format of Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour events, first place in round one will move through to round three, earning themselves a break, while second and third will go into round two.
The first heat of the event will showcase recent event winner Bede Durbidge (AUS) up against Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Jarrad Howse (AUS).
The round one draw is as follows:
HEAT 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs Jarrad Howse (AUS)
HEAT 2: Tim Reyes (USA) vs Nathan Hedge (AUS) vs Roy Powers (HAW)
HEAT 3: Taylor Knox (USA) vs Luke Stedman (AUS) vs David Weare (ZAF)
HEAT4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs Fred Patacchia (HAW) Toby Martin (AUS)
HEAT 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs Cory Lopez (USA) vs Pedro Henrique (BRA)
HEAT 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs Travis Logie (ZAF) vs Yuri Sodre (BRA)
HEAT 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs Trent Munro (AUS) vs Adrian Buchan (AUS)
HEAT 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs Mark Occhilupo (AUS) vs wildcard
HEAT 9: Andy Irons (HAW) vs Shaun Cansdell (AUS) vs wildcard
HEAT 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs Greg Emslie (ZAF) vs wildcard
HEAT 11: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs Chris Ward (USA) vs Mikael Picon (FRA)
HEAT 12: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs Victor Ribas (BRA) vs Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
HEAT 13: Phil Macdonald (AUS) vs Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) vs Marcelo Nunes (BRA)
HEAT 14: Danny Wills (AUS) vs Pancho Sullivan (HAW) vs Jake Paterson (AUS)
HEAT 15: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs Paulo Moura (BRA) vs Mick Lowe (AUS)
HEAT 16: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs Troy Brooks (AUS) vs Peterson Rosa (BRA)
The wildcards will be made up of Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joan Duru (FRA) and the winner of the trials event held today, Patrick Bevan (FRA). At time of going to press their position in the draw were unavailable.