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Friday, September 28, 2012
Updated: October 5, 11:40 AM ET
Three and out

By Peter 'Joli' Wilson

The second day of the Quik Pro France got under way in the morning twilight Sunday. The sun hadn't even risen and the full moon hadn't set when the first heat was being called to paddle out. There was a rush to start and after completing the last three heats of round one, the contest went on hold over the next six hours before the decision was made to call it off for the day at 3 p.m.

Hurry up and wait had been the order of the day.

The huge crowd that flocked to the beach was treated to a crazy free surf session in the closed out A-frame peaks and then heats of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, which is being held concurrently with the Quiksilver Pro.

Quiksilver Pro France
Yes, the first heat was held while the beautiful moon was still up. But that full moon has played havok with the tides as well.

For the record, Jordy Smith won the first heat of the day with a combination of tactics and some tight surfing, something that has been missing from the previous contests.

"I'm just stoked to make it through to the third round," said Smith later. "The two-day wait for my heat didn't faze me too much, it was more the conditions this morning. It was tough but I had fun."

Defending Pipeline Masters champion Kieren Perrow brought his barreling riding act to Hossegor and nailed a couple of dredging closeouts to advance, while defending champion Gabriel Medina bounced all over the line up catching anything that moved -- lefts, rights, closeouts, barrels, any wave that came to him. A nine-point ride on his first wave really set him up but he was making his fellow competitors dizzy trying to keep track of him in the line up.

"I was excited to surf today and stoked to get that first wave (nine point ride)," said Medina after signing autographs and posing for photos.

"It was pretty hard to find the right ones out there so I was catching a lot of waves -- in the end I was catching every single wave that came to me," he added with a laugh.

Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith was happy to get spit right into the third round.

It has now taken three days to complete the first round of this event. The huge extremes in the full moon tides, with over six-foot coefficients will settle down midweek. The swell forecast over the next few days is positive so the pace of the event is certain to pick up.

Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.33, Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.63, Adam Melling (AUS) 2.47
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.23, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.84, Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.54
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.33, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 9.34, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5.23

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)