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News provided by ASP World Tour on 23 September 2005

Organisers of the Quiksilver Pro France presented by Samsung have opted to call a lay day today due to wave and wind conditions being unsuitable for competition.

The event is the ninth on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour and is being held at La Graviere, Hossegor and has a competition waiting period until 2 October. Needing only four days in total to complete the event, organisers will wait for optimum conditions before sending surfers out to compete.

Aiding the decision to call the lay day was the weather forecast indicating that conditions will be better suited for competition over the next few days.

“At 10am tomorrow we’re going to make the next call,” said Contest Director Rod Brooks. “Today the swell direction is unsuitable as it is hitting the sand banks straight on which makes the waves close out. And on top of that we are also experiencing south west winds which are slightly onshore. Tomorrow it is predicted that we will see more favourable winds and a slight swell increase so we will hope to kick off round one then.”

In late breaking news Toby Martin (AUS) has withdrawn from the event due to a serious neck injury. After undergoing surgery in California for what is believed to be a herniated disc, Martin will be out of the water for three months and will most likely miss the remaining events on the tour in Brazil and Hawaii.

The injury is a huge blow for Martin who was returning to form after recently recovering from damage done to both his knee and ankle. He scored a career best result two events ago finishing with an outstanding third placing at the Quiksilver Pro Japan.

Replacing Martin in the draw is Portugal’s Tiago Pires, an exciting regular footer who at present is competing on the ASP’s second tier World Qualifying Series (WQS). Pires placed third in the Quiksilver Trials on Wednesday to win a wildcard.

Pires is Portugal’s highest placed surfer and he is on the cusp of qualifying for the main World Championship Tour (WCT) for next year.

As stated organisers will convene at 10am tomorrow morning (Saturday) to assess conditions and will make a decision regarding a start to round one.

It’s going to be a battle royale. Tune into the live webcast of the Quiksilver Pro France, presented by Samsung with Evian, at and The broadcast will be in four languages – English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


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