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Sun, 15 October 2017

Quiksilver Pro winner Gabriel Medina has soared 5 spots to No 3 in the world, while reigning world champ John John Florence has reeled in Jordy Smith to take top spot, writes Spike.

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POUND SEAT: John John usurped Jordy with two events to go. C'mon Jordy! Photo WSL / Poullenot

Medina vanquished Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in picture-perfect 3-5ft surf at La Graviere, Hossegor, to claim his third win in France. Carissa Moore (HAW) was also crowned today after she won the Roxy Pro France to claim back-to-back titles to put herself back in the World Title conversation by dispatching Lakey Peterson (USA).

Florence (HAW) lost his semi-final to Medina in cranking conditions, but banks 6,500 points for his 3rd place, a solidly higher tally than the 1,750 allocated to Jordy for his 13th place.

But it was the Brazilian Medina who enjoyed the biggest advance, shooting up five spots from 8th to 3rd with his 10,000 points, to provide lots of momentum going into the final two events - the MEO Rip Curl Pro in Portugal, which starts in five days, and the finale of the tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters, which starts in one week shy of two months time.


PODIUM PAIR: Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina celebrate their win. Photo WSL / Poullenot

Florence and Jordy are on 49,900 and 47,600 points. Medina is 7,100 points adrift of Jordy on (40,750), with a trio of Aussie Ws - Owen Wright (39,850), Matt Wilkinson (38,200) and Julian Wilson (37,700) - breathing down Medina's neck.

Wilson will be kicking himself after his Round 2 elimination. His 25th place earned him a measly 500 points. After Smith’s elimination in Round 3 by local wildcard Marc Lacomare (FRA), Florence looked simply unstoppable, posting a pair of nine-point rides in his Round 3 and Round 4 encounters.

“It wasn’t what I planned to do out there but it just kind of happened, especially after that first left, I just tried to do airs on every wave,” Florence said. “I carried out my heat the same way I would have if Jordy had made it or not, just focused on myself and having fun!”

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AIR BRAZIL: Gabriel Medina has won three times in France. Photo WSL / Poullenot

Smith fell to Lacomare’s local knowledge in Round 3, when the Frenchman hooked two deep tube rides. “It’s France, it changes really quickly, for example the wave that we were surfing out front is pretty much non-existent anymore,” Smith stated. “I got two okay waves and kind of had a rhythm, Marc (Lacomare) sat on that little left. With the tide dropping, I thought I should head out to the point of the sandbank, got a good score but it wasn’t enough.”

Lacomare was later to put Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in a combination situation in their Round 4 match-up for a direct berth to the quarters. His impeccable wave-selection and radical backhand attack on home turf were too much but he came unstuck in the Quarters against Kohohe Andino (USA).

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MUCH MOORE: Carissa has reignited her world title hopes after a winless 2017. Photo WSL / Cestari

For Moore, the three-time WSL Champion claimed her first event win of 2017. The Hawaiian started building momentum in Portugal last week where she placed runner-up and took one step further to claim back-to-back titles at the Roxy Pro France. Today also marks the Hawaiian’s 19th Championship Tour win.

“I’m so stoked, we couldn’t ask for better conditions here and it’s been a long time since I won an event,” Moore said. “Coming up against Lakey (Peterson), I was a little nervous but I knew I just had to let everything go and just have fun. All the girls have really raised the level each event. I am grateful to be here and I am really inspired by my peers. Life can’t get much better.”

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LEKKER LINES: A set rolls into the contest venue at Hossegor. Photo WSL / Poullenot

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results
1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.00
2 Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.30

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results
SF 1 Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.26 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00
SF 2 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.40 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.00

Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Results
QF 1 Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.10
QF 2 Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.60 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 6.10
QF 3 John John Florence (HAW) 19.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.67
QF 4 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.20 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 1.20

Roxy Pro France Final Results
1 Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.70
2 Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.50

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Results
SF 1Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.07
SF 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.20 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.56

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard
1 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 52,900 pts
2 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 51,200 pts
3 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 50,000 pts
4 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 47,300 pts
5 - Stephanie Gilmore (HAW) 45,150 pts

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