HOSSEGOR, France (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007) – The Quiksilver Pro France, stop No. 7 of 10 on the Foster's ASP World Tour, will not run today. Three to five foot (one plus metre) peaky conditions have prompted Contest Director Rod Brooks to send out a FIAT Expression Session at 11am.
"Today we will be running the FIAT Expression Session which offers $10,000 dollars prize money," Brooks said. "We're waiting for low tide when the waves get a lot bigger, and peakier out the front. We've got some jet skis coming around to tow the surfers out into the big outside peak. We're expecting some big airs and exciting maneuvers, because the wind will be sideshore. Sideshores you don't tend to get good barrels, or very good conditions for competition, but you get really good conditions for an air show. So we're having a specialty event today and it should be fun!
When Round 3 resumes World No. 5 Joel Parkinson (AUS) will take on the legendary Mark Occchilupo (AUS) in Heat 1.
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Upcoming Quiksilver Pro France Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 2: Cory Lopez (USA) vs. Phillip Macdonald (AUS)
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Trent Munro (AUS)
Heat 5: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) vs. Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Greg Emslie (ZAF)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourrez (PYF)
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 10: Ricky Bassnett (ZAF) vs. Leonardo Neves (BRA)
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Bernardo Miranda (BRA)
Heat 13: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 14: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 15: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 16: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Troy Brooks (AUS)