Top-ranked Joel Parkinson eliminated in Round 3 of Quiksilver Pro France
Despite the smaller, one- to three-foot waves at the event in Seignosse, France, Beven scored 6.87 out of a possible 10 in the final minutes of his heat to defeat Parkinson and move on to Round 4.
Beven earned his seeding in the event through the Moskova Trials. A local in the south of France, he enjoyed the support of the hundreds of spectators today.
"I am stoked right now," said Beven. "I haven’t qualified for the ASP World Tour yet, but I am showing I can surf and do well in this event."
Kelly Slater, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and currently ranked No. 6 on the ASP World Tour, surfed immediately after Parkinson’s elimination.
Despite being on the ropes from the outset, Slater patiently built momentum throughout the heat and netted an impressive 8.90 out of a possible 10 in the last minutes to take the win from Joan Duru of France and advance to Round 4.
With the elimination of the ASP ratings’ front-runner, the opportunity to gain ground exists for a number of ASP top seeds, Slater among them.
Ventura's Dane Reynolds, currently ranked No. 11, proved the form surfer of the day. Blending explosive aerials with searing carves, Reynolds netted the highest heat total of the event, 18.27 out of a possible 20.
Riding high after a runner-up finish last week at the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, Reynolds is proving to be one of the most dangerous surfers on tour.“I like it here in France,” Reynolds said. “The waves can be really similar to home and punchy and fun. We haven’t had too many waves, though, so hopefully it picks up.”
Reynolds will face Australian Bede Durbidge in the opening heat of Round 4.The Quiksilver Pro is the seventh of 10 events on the ASP World Tour.
Here are the fourth-round heat matchups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Patrick Beven (FRA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 6: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. Tim Boal (FRA)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Photo: Ventura's Dane Reynolds, current ASP World Tour No. 11, dominated the waves at the Quiksilver Pro France today, posting the highest heat total of the event, 18.27 out of a possible 20. Credit: Credit: © ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES