BOTH the Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro France, stop number nine on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued on Tuesday in ideal four-to-six foot (1.2-1.8 metre) conditions at Plage des Culs Nus.
The women kicked-off the morning to complete round two and narrow the field from 18 to 12, which includes Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons.
After losing to France’s Johanne Defay in the opening round, Fitzgibbons rebounded in round two against France’s Pauline Ado.
The Gerroa product produced wave scores of 6.83 and 6.10, for a combined score of 12.93, easily accounting Ado’s 6.54.
She will now battle Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb and Australia’s Macy Callaghan in round three.
While the men, after waiting a week to get the Quiksilver Pro started, they did not disappoint in the building conditions to complete rounds one and the first two heats of round two.
Culburra Beach’s Owen Wright was edged out by Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz (10.70 to 10.56) in the second heat of round one – with France’s Joan Duru (9.50) placing third.
This result put Wright into an elimination against countrymen Ryan Callinan in round two.
In what turned out to be the last heat of the day, Callinan blew up right before the sunset and put together the day’s most inspired performance, to eliminate Wright with an amazing 16.10 heat total, compared to the Culburra Beach Boardriders score of 12.17.
Owen’s brother Mikey had no such troubles, after easily winning heat 11 of the opening round.
Wright’s two-wave score of 15.30 ousted United States’ Conner Coffin (13.73) and South Africa’s Michael February (10.77) – booking his spot in the third round.