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Quiksilver Pro France stays in bed, waits for swell

Quik Pro France contest © ASP/Scholtz




Quiksilver Pro France

ASP Men's World Tour Event
Hossegor - Seignosse France
23 September - 6 October 2014

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Swell forecast looks really promising for Friday

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 September, 2014 - Small surf in the one-to-two foot (0.5 metre) range has prompted event organizers to call a lay day for the Quiksilver Pro France. The event will resume when conditions improve. “Cleaner today but much smaller and not a high frequency for waves,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “We’ve called competition off for the day and will return in the morning to reassess conditions.” 

When competition resumes, up first will be Josh Kerr (AUS) up against Adrian Buchan (AUS) in Heat 5 of Round 3.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: Easing WNW swell prevails Tuesday with smaller leftovers on Wednesday. New WNW swell builds on Thursday and becomes solid on Friday along with favorable local wind (especially in the mornings). More medium to solid WNW swell is on track for the final few days of the waiting period.  

TUESDAY 30th: WNW swell fades 
SURF: 3-4’+ faces. Possible plus peaks/sets around the best tides but again generally easing through the day. 
WIND: Light NE winds (side/offshore) in AM shift to the N/NW in the PM, moderate in strength.  

WEDNESDAY 1st: Leftover WNW swell 
SURF: 2-3’ WNW swell with still a few bigger sets around the best tides. New WNW swell begins to edge in during PM offering bigger sets late. 
WIND: Light offshore AM breezes shift N/NNW and increase in PM. 

THURSDAY 2nd: New WNW swell fills in 
SURF: 4-6’+ WNW swell fills in with bigger surf in PM. 
WIND: Light NE/ENE (offshore) breezes in AM become N/NNW in PM. 

FRIDAY 3rd: Solid WNW swell peaks 
SURF: 8-10’+ WNW swell. Bigger sets expected around the favorable tides. 
WIND: Light NE/ENE breezes in AM become N/NNW in PM. 

SATURDAY 4th: WNW swell eases 
SURF: 6-8’ occ 10’ faces on the best tides. 
WIND: Light/variable to light onshore in AM become moderate WNW in the PM. 

Surf Outlook: The current WNW swell will continue to weaken through the middle of the week. While contestable waves prevail on Tuesday, look for the surf to be down another notch from today, with a further fade in surf on Wednesday. 

Long Range Surf Outlook:   The final few days of the waiting period will see a series of medium to solid WNW swells, thanks to consistent storm activity near Greenland (both current and forecasted storms).  

The first of these swells will edge up over the afternoon on Wednesday, although the bulk of the swell will show on Thursday. Surf from this swell will be roughly similar to what we saw earlier in the waiting period, with sets in the head high to slightly better range through the day on Thursday.  

A second fetch in the Greenland neighborhood will set up a larger, longer period WNW swell for Friday, easing Saturday. Assuming this storm/fetch behaves as forecast in the next 24-36 hours, we will see solid surf in the overhead to double overhead range on Friday with easing, but still well overhead, surf on Saturday.  

Longer range computer model guidance suggests another storm system will set up winds over the Labrador Sea in a couple days, which would result in a reinforcing pulse of WNW swell for Sunday and Monday (10/5 and 10/6) in the overhead range. It’s also worth noting that current charts/models indicate local wind conditions could start to deteriorate for the last 1-2 days of the event waiting period. Stay tuned, we’ll have more details on the swell and wind conditions in our next couple updates.   

Wind/Weather: Generally favorable morning winds prevail through the reminder of the work week with the region under the influence of high pressure. Morning wind will range from NE to E in direction and light in strength. Afternoon flow will turn onshore from the N to NW (see day by day break down above for more specifics).  

At this point it looks like weak onshore flow will develop by Saturday, with onshore flow potentially increasing for the final 1-2 days of the waiting period. Stay tuned as we nail down the specifics over the next few days. 

Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Round 3 Match-Ups (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (BRA)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 10: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Quiksilver Pro France Round 3 Results (1st Advances to Round 4, 2nd Finishes Equal 13th):
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.27 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.53
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.67 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.23
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.60
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 15.17 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.17

Dave Prodan

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