HOSSEGOR, France (Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007) –Jeremy Flores (FRA) will head into Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2007 Foster's ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France, the highest rated rookie of the year thus far. Fresh off a Semifinal finish at last week's World Tour event in California, Flores now sits 9th in the ASP ratings.
"I'm very excited for the competition in France; it's going to be fun," Flores said. The waves have been really good for the contest the past two years and it's my first time, officially, to surf with there on the World Tour so I'm really excited. It's going to be cool, there are going to be so many fans at home cheering for me so it should be good. I can't wait."
Flores is one of three, and possibly four, European surfers competing in the Quiksilver Pro France. Former Foster's ASP World Tour surfer Miky Picon (FRA) and Spaniard
Aritz Aranburu have been given wildcards into the main event. Aranburu currently sits 12th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), Picon 13th. The Top 15 surfers on the WQS at the end of the year earn spots on the elite Foster's ASP World Tour.
The third wildcard spot will be given to the winner of the Quiksilver Pro Trials to be held tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 20th, the first day of the official 10-day waiting period that stretches from Sept. 20-30, 2007. The surfers competing in the trials are: Tom Curren (USA), Tamaroa McComb (PYF), Michel Bourez (PYF), Clay Marzo (AUS), Dylan Graves (PRI), Alain Riou (PYF), Joan Duru (FRA), Tiago Pieres (PRT), Fred Robin (REU), Patrick Beven (FRA), Nikolaus Von Rupp (GER), Marlon Lipke (DEU) and Marc Lacomare (FRA).
No official Foster's ASP World Tour competition will run tomorrow, though several of the Top 45 will likely paddle out to participate in the 'Kelly Experiment,' an overlapping heat format conceptualized by current reigning World Champion and current World No. 2 Kelly Slater (USA). Should the format prove successful, it will likely be used at Pipeline in Hawaii (as an alternative to the current four-heat format) this December.