Rip Curl Super Series - WQS
It was yet another stormy morning in southern France today and after assessing early conditions at Les Bourdaines, contest officials announced that only the six remaining Round 1 heats of the Rip Curl Super Series would run today.
Despite improving conditions throughout the morning, this decision to postpone the event for a probable re-start tomorrow was made easier by another promising swell forecast delivered by Ocean Surf Report.
The swell is set to increase consistently over the next few days, with winds also improving towards the weekend. The size and quality of waves forecasted will mean the approaching conditions will be southern France's best swell this summer.
Although it was a short competition day in the water, Day 2 of the Super Series served up some interesting results.
Darren O’Rafferty (Bonny Hills, NSW, Aus), currently rated 19th on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), was a shock elimination in the final heat of the round. The 26-year-old held a narrow lead for most of the 25-minute heat, but was knocked out of first place in the final two minutes when Pablo Gutierrez (ESP) and Beau Mitchell (AUS) both found high scoring waves on their last
rides. For O'Rafferty, the disappointing loss means equal 97th place and only 420 WQS points. For Rip Curl team mate Gutierrez, the last minute heat win was a confidence-building way to start the Super Series.
"I am so stoked to have won that heat," said Gutierrez. "It was a close heat and when I caught my last wave, I saw Raff get a final wave and I knew what my wave was like but didn't know what his was like. When I got to the beach I was listening to the announcer unsure, but saw my girlfriend and family and they said my wave was good also. I am so glad I got the score."
"This event is so important," continued the Spanish surfer. "It's the biggest 'QS of the year and has the most points. I want to do well."
The Super Series is also a very important contest for Australian Luke Munro (Gold Coast, QLD). Munro is currently rated 35th on the WQS ratings and with a strong result here in France could really progress up the ratings. Desipte a slow start to his heat this morning, the 22-year-old posted 7.67 and 4.93-point scores on his final two waves to steal second place in his heat and advance to Round 2. Fellow Australian and current WQS #92 Samba Mann (Gold Coast, QLD) finished ahead of Munro and has advanced to Round 2 where he will face Luke Stedman (AUS), Bruno Santos (BRZ) and Teppei Tejima (JPN) in Heat 20.
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