Andy Irons maneuvers back

Kaua‘i surfer Andy Irons regained his form in the Quiksilver Pro France Monday morning, besting Tiago Pires of Portugal in the opening heat.

Irons led from the outset and upped the ante with an inside tube and committed aerial maneuver, following that with a near-perfect 9.67 barrel ride at the end to pick up 18.5 points.

West Australian Taj Burrow upped the bar with the highest scores as Round 2 of the World Championship Tournament was completed at La Graviere with the first four heats of the third also decided. Burrow, the current ratings No. 3, emerged from a long tube to post the best single score of the event with a near-perfect 9.93 against Luke Stedman. He then added another 9.33 to his tally with trademark turns to secure the highest overall total of the event with 19.26 points, advancing to Round 4.

The Roxy Pro France for Monday was postponed despite good 4 – 6 foot waves at La Graviere, with conditions expected to improve.

Megan Abubo opens Round 3 against Jacqueline Silva of Brazil while Rochelle Ballard will take on Lynette Mackenzie of Australia in heat 3. Keala Kennelly will go up against Emmanuelle Joly in Heat 4.

The Roxy Pro is the fourth of five WCT women’s events. The Quiksilver Pro is the eighth of 12 events for the men’s 2003 schedule. Combined, the events in France have a $310,000 purse and feature the world’s top 45 men and 17 women surfers. One wildcard will be awarded to the trials division winner in the Roxy Pro and six wildcards for the men.

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