Quiksilver Pro France Preview

The ASP Elite Prepare for the European Leg of the 2011 World Tour.

As the dust settles from the Hurley Pro, the ASP Top 34 head out to the pounding barrels of Hossegor, France. The Quiksilver Pro France scored some heavy pits last year, and this year contest organizers are hoping for the same. The mobile contest is set up to take advantage of the tide-sensitive sandbars that produce shifting peaks from La Penon to La Piste. But everyone knows the best break in Hossegor is La Graviere, or “The Gravel” in English, named after the coarse sand that delivers the best barrels in Europe.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

After the Third Kelly and Owen Show, Where Do the Other Title Contenders Stand?

Can anyone stop these guys? Slater and Wright on the podium for a record third consecutive time at the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

As the tour heads to France off the heels of another Slater and Owen final, fans and other competitors have to wonder if there is hope for anyone else to take the World Title back from the grips of Ke11y Slater. Certainly Owen has a chance, the best chance actually. But don’t forget about the style wizard Joel Parkinson and the competitive warrior Adriano De Souza, both of whom are still in contention. And then there’s Josh Kerr, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, and an injured Jordy Smith, who are all still mathematically in the running for the crown, although their title hopes are almost a fantasy at this point. But do ANY of these guys really stand a chance against Slater? Let’s break it down, one by one.

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Internationals Lead Early Rounds of ASP 4-Star Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia / USA (Tuesday, August 23, 2011) – The 2011 Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior kicked off at 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach, Virginia in contestable one-to-two foot waves and saw international talents dominate the opening rounds of competition.
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Gabriel Medina Makes History in France!

Young Brazilian Wins Pro Junior and ASP 6-Star event at Sooruz Lacanau Pro
GRANDE PLAGE, Lacanau Ocean/France (Sunday, August 21, 2011) – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17, defeated Mitch Crews (Gold Coast, AUS) 21, 19.23 to 15.36 out of 20, with an amazing final day display to win the ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro making history by becoming the first surfer in the 32-year history of the Sooruz Lacanau Pro to win both the 6-Star main event and Pro Junior event in the same year.
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Kelly Slater Wins Nike US Open of Surfing

Pumping South Swells Greets Competitors for Final Days of Event

Sunday, August 7th – Record crowds were stoked to see the world’s best surfers compete in great waves generated by both Hurricane Eugene off the coast of Baja California, and a solid Southern Hemi groundswell from New Zealand. The remaining rounds of the event featured the men, women, and juniors showcasing the most progressive surfing ever seen in competition as over 100,000 people cheered from the beach.

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Nike US Open of Surfing Begins in Huntington Beach

Biggest Spectator Event in Surfing Draws Elite Surfers from World Tour

Friday, July 29 – The best surfers in the world will meet in Huntington Beach, CA for the Nike US Open of Surfing for a full week of competition starting on July 30th. The US Open is rated as an ASP Prime event for the men, is the last stop on the women’s ASP World Tour schedule, and is also a men’s and women’s ASP 4-star Pro Junior event. The annual contest is the largest in the surfing world drawing a total of over 500,000 people over the week-long event, with some 100,000 spectators attending the weekend’s final rounds on August 6th and 7th.
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Jordy Smith Wins At Billabong Pro J-Bay in Challenging Conditions

Saffa Ripper Defends J-Bay Title and Moves to 2nd Place in World Title Race

Sunday, July 24 – South African surf-star and title contender Jordy Smith made the race for the ASP World Title get a bit more interesting with his win at the Billabong Pro J-Bay last Sunday. He narrowly defeated a firing Mick Fanning to take the win in stormy, over-head surf. The maxing crowd was out in full force to cheer on their fellow countryman, despite the heavy rain and wind.

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ASP World Tour Returns to Tavarua in 2012

Volcom Signs 3-Year Deal With ASP as Event Sponsor

Monday, July 25th – After a four year hiatus, ASP International has announced that the World Tour will be headed back to Tavarua, Fiji for the 2012 season and beyond. Volcom has signed on as the event sponsor and licensee for three years, with a possible extension available after 2014.

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Billabong Pro J-Bay Round 2 Held in Small But Perfect Conditions

Drama Ensues on Day 5 After Kelly and Bobby are Officially “No Shows”

Monday, July 18th – After two lay days, the Billabong Pro J-Bay proceeded with Round 2 after a lengthy debate between contest organizers and the surfer’s representatives. While watching the sets peel down the iconic pointbreak at dawn, the crew and cast of the event could not make a decision to run until a full 2 hours and 45 minutes after the first call at 7:00 am. The lead surfer’s rep., Kieren Perrow, was out-voted 2-to1 by his counterparts after deliberating over the inconsistent, but perfect, 2-3 foot waves.

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Carrisa Moore Crowned World Champ at Roxy Pro Biarritz

Stephanie Gilmore Returns to Form and Wins Event in Fun 3-4ft Surf

After a week of fun beachbreak surf at the Roxy Pro Biarritz, 18 year old Hawaiian Carissa Moore became the youngest World Champion in ASP history. Moore clinched the title after 4X ASP and 2010 World Champion Stephanie Gilmore defeated the last remaining title contender, Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, during their dramatic semifinal heat #2.

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