Taj Burrow, currently ranked number 6 on the World Tour, blitzed his afternoon Round 4 heat, beating compatriot Owen Wright and America's Damien Hobgood. With his explosive surfing on his backhand and forehand Burrow advanced into the quarterfinals.
“I did have fun in that heat,” Burrow said. “It went my way towards the end and I got some really nice rights and some good lefts too. I’m sure Owen (Wright) would have loved to have been on a couple of those lefts as they really lined up nicely. It felt great to post some good scores and hopefully the conditions remain fun and consistent for the rest of the event.”
Burrow will take on Julian Wilson in Quarterfinal 4. Wilson was too strong for America's Damien Hobgood in the round 5 match up.Reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, continued his surgical dismantling of the La Graviere peaks, generating unmatched speed and flow to claim his Round 4 victory and advance directly into the quarterfinals.
“The waves are pretty fun out there and I have a good board under my feet,” Slater said. “I guess I’m comfortable out there. I’ve been coming to France for so many years that I’m used to the waves here and I know what to look for when it’s changing.”
The current ASP World No. 1 was characteristically hesitant when probed about his 2011 ASP World Title campaign.
“Quarterfinals is another good result for me and a lot of the guys that were threatening have fallen out early in this event,” Slater said. “I haven’t worked the numbers out, but they may be too far behind at this point. Owen (Wright) is obviously still in there and he’s really strong at the remaining events so I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to the wire. There is still a lot that can happen.”
Slater will face Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17, when Quiksilver Pro France competition resumes.