HOSSEGOR, France (Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007) – Though the official waiting period for the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2007 Foster's ASP World Tour, begins today, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, no official competition will be held at La Nord in Hossegor.
With nine more days in an event waiting period which stretches from Sept. 20-30, 2007, contest officials have opted to use the first day of the event window to run the Quiksilver Pro Trials at Grand Plage in nearby Biarritz instead.
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). The winner of the Quiksilver Pro Trials will earn the third and final wildcard into the main event.
Former Foster's ASP World Tour surfer Miky Picon (FRA) and World Qualifying Series No. 12, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) received automatic wildcards into the Quiksilver Pro France. A complete Quiksilver Pro draw will be available when the third and final wildcard is decided.
Though no official Foster's ASP World Tour competition will run today, 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.