Adriano de Souza exits Quiksilver Pro; C.J. Hobgood advances on spare surfboards
They've completed only the first round and part of the second round of the Quiksilver Pro in Seignosse, France, but there will be a shake-up atop the ASP World Tour standings when the contest concludes.
That's because third-ranked Brazilian Adriano de Souza lost to Australia's Phillip MacDonald in the second round and has been eliminated.
Australia's Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, who are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, have advanced to the third round, although Fanning, who won last week's Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, did not win his first-round heat and was relegated to the second-round losers' bracket.
Fanning defeated Peru's Gabriel Villaran in the second round.
Also advancing via the second round was fourth-ranked C.J. Hobgood, who had his competition surfboards stolen the night he arrived in France. Hobgood, using spare equipment, was trounced in the first round but won his second-round heat against French surfer Alain Riou, despite breaking a board and completing the heat on a spare he had never ridden.
"We all have our breaking point and a lot of things went through my mind and I was just wondering how much worse it could get," the Floridian said.
De Souza, who lives in south Orange County, was the only major upset victim during the first day of competition.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo: Ventura's Dane Reynolds remains on a hot streak and managed a two-wave score of 17.33 out of a possible 20 in the first round of the Quiksilver Pro in France. Credit: ASP/CI/Scholtz