Slater leads quarterfinal charge, Irons advances in Quiksilver Pro

HOSSEGOR, France — Six-time world champion Kelly Slater continued his domination of the Quiksilver Pro France Friday by storming into the quarterfinals by getting past Brazilian Peterson Rosa.

Slater, who posted the highest overall scores of the tournament Thursday, picked up where he left off by posting the best scores on Friday by emerging from a long tube for a near-perfect 9.8.

Slater will face Shea Lopez in the fourth quarterfinal.

Reigning world champion Andy Irons went to work in his match against Mick Campbell of Australia, posting a 9.0 first ride with an aerial maneuver at the end.

Irons then emerged from two good barrels on his next ride for an 8.5 and a commanding lead, leaving Cambell chasing 17.51 points to advance.

Irons will go up against Californian Taylor Knox after eliminating Mick Lowe on Friday.

Trent Munro of Australia ended French wildcard Patrick Beven’s giant killing run with a second 7.67 ride for the lead as Beven, challenging on his answering wave, fell to lose his chance.

The final day of the Quiksilver Pro France is scheduled to resume on Saturday with quarterfinals kicking off the action.

The grand finale should hit the water in the afternoon if conditions allow a smooth progression.

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