The 9th event of the 2016 WSL season is the Quiksilver Pro France which takes place from October 4th through October 15th in Landes, France. John John Florence and Gabriel Medina are listed as co-favorites to win this event at odds of 5-1. Florence leads the WSL standings with Medina in second place so this is a key event for Medina as he looks to pick up ground on Florence. Filipe Toledo and Jordy Smith are listed at odds of 7-1 with Kelly Slater at odds of 8-1. All of the other surfers are listed with double-digit odds. Let’s look at the event and surfing picks.

Odds to Win Quiksilver Pro France

John John Florence 5-1

Gabriel Medina 5-1

Filipe Toledo 7-1

Jordy Smith 7-1

Kelly Slater 8-1

Julian Wilson 10-1

Joel Parkinson 11-1

Italo Ferreira 15-1

Adrian de Souza 18-1

Matt Wilkinson 25-1

Josh Kerr 29-1

Sebastien Zeitz 30-1

Kolohe Andino 32-1

Jeremy Flores 35-1

Wiggolly Dantas 45-1

Field 20-1

Favorites

Based on current form and based on past history it should be either Florence or Medina who wins this event in France. Medina won this event last year while Florence won it two years ago. Both surfers struggled in their last event at Trestles as neither survived beyond round three. Florence had been on a pretty good run before Trestles with a win in Rio, an appearance in the quarterfinals in Fiji and finals runs in South Africa and Tahiti.

Darkhorses

Trestles winner Jordy Smith is listed at 7-1 and considering his momentum he could be someone to look at in this event. Filipe Toledo is also listed at odds of 7-1 while Kelly Slater, who won this event four years ago, is at 8-1. Julian Wilson and Joel Parkinson are also worth considering at double-digit odds.

Round 1 Matchups

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson, Nat Young, Matt Banting

Heat 2: Kelly Slater, Kanoa Igarashi, Keanu Asing

Heat 3: Jordy Smith, Jadson Andre, Kai Otton

Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson, Miguel Pupo, Ryan Callinan

Heat 5: Gabriel Medina, Dusty Payne, TBA

Heat 6: John John Florence, Conner Coffin, TBA

Heat 7: Adrian Buchan, Stu Kennedy, Jeremy Flores

Heat 8: Italo Ferreira, Wiggolly Dantas, Alex Ribeiro

Heat 9: Julian Wilson, Caio Ibell, Alejo Muniz

Heat 10: Kolohe Andino, Sebastian Zietz, Jack Freestone

Heat 11: Filipe Toledo, Josh Kerr, Davey Cathels

Heat 12: Adriano de Souza, Michel Bourez, Adam Melling

Current WSL Standings

1. John John Florence 41,650 points

2. Gabriel Medina 37,450 points

3. Matt Wilkinson 36,500 points

4. Jordy Smith 35,200 points

5. Kelly Slater 29,650 points

6. Joel Parkinson 28,200 points

7. Adrian Buchan 27,950 points

8. Italo Ferreira 25,750 points

9. Julian Wilson 25,700 points

10. Kolohe Andino 25,650 points

Surfing Predictions

This is a big chance for Florence to extend his point’s lead over Medina so I will take Florence as my top choice at odds of 5-1 and also go with Toledo at odds of 7-1.