Kauai’s best pro surfers awaiting first significant swell along Basque coasts

Hossegor, France – Kauaians Andy Irons, Keala Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard are currently waiting along the Basque and Landes coasts for the perfect swell to compete in France’s only World Championship Tournament (WCT) – the Quicksilver Pro France (men’s) and the Roxy Pro France (women’s).

The Quiksilver Pro France is the 8th of 12 events on the 2002 ASP World Championship Tour. Among those present will be reigning world champion CJ Hobgood and fellow Floridian Kelly Slater. Local support will be with Miky Picon of Capbreton (Fra), who has been granted a wildcard position.

The Roxy Pro France features the top 17 women on the ASP world tour, the penultimate event of their 2002 season. At stake is $60,000 prizemoney, with $10,000 awarded to first place. Amongst the favorites are four-time consecutive world champions Lisa Andersen (Aus) and reigning holder Layne Beachley (Aus), current ratings leader Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus), and last WCT winner in Portugal, Megan Abubo (Haw).

Upcoming heats in the Roxy Pro France round one

H1: Keala Kennelly (Haw); Megan Abubo (Haw); Lisa Andersen (USA)

H2: Jacqueline Silva (Brz); Heather Clark (SAfr); Neridah Falconer (Aus)

H3: Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus); Serena Brooke (Aus); Sofia Mulanovich (Peru)

H4: Layne Beachley (Aus); Rochelle Ballard (Haw); Amee Donohoe (Aus)

H5: Lynette MacKenzie (Aus); Chelsea Georgeson (Aus); Pauline Menczer (Aus)

H6: Kate Skarratt (Aus); Samantha Cornish (Aus); Maria Tavares (Brz)

Upcoming heats in the Quiksilver Pro France round one

H1: Kalani Robb (Haw); Fabio Gouveia (Brz); Luke Hitchings (Aus)

H2: Shea Lopez (USA); Shane Dorian (Haw); Paulo Moura (Brz)

H3: Cory Lopez (USA); Lee Winkler (Aus); Neco Padaratz (Brz)

H4: Joel Parkinson (Aus); Pat O’Connell (USA); Victor Ribas (Brz)

H5: Luke Egan (Aus); Michael Campbell (Aus); Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz)

H6: Daniel Wills (Aus); Jake Paterson (Aus); Marcelo Nunes (Brz)

H7: Michael Lowe (Aus); Shane Powell (Aus); Troy Brooks (Aus)

H8: Andy Irons (Haw); Nathan Hedge (Aus); Gary Elkerton (Aus)

H9: Mark Occhilupo (Aus); Taylor Knox (USA); Frederic Robin (Fra)

H10: CJ Hobgood (USA); Dean Morrison (Aus); Miky Picon (Fra)

H11: Damien Hobgood (USA); Kelly Slater (USA); Darren O’Rafferty (Aus)

H12: Mick Fanning (Aus); Guilherme Herdy (Brz); Phil MacDonald (Aus)

H13: Taj Burrow (Aus); Renan Rocha (Brz); Paul Canning (SAfr)

H14: Peterson Rosa (Brz); Flavio Padaratz (Brz); Russell Winter (UK)

H15: Kieren Perrow (Aus); Greg Emslie (SAfr); Beau Emerton (Aus)

H16: Richard Lovett (Aus); Nathan Webster (Aus); Maz Quinn (NZ)Kauai’s best pro surfers awaiting first significant swell along Basque coasts

Kauai’s best pro surfers awaiting first significant swell along Basque coasts

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