Wills shows the way in France
BYRON Bay's Danny Wills posted one of the highest heat scores of the day when he won the last round-one heat of the world surfing championship Quiksilver Pro in France yesterday.
Wills notched 17.17 out of a possible 20 points on the two-metre waves at La Graviere to defeat Brazilian Victor Ribas and South African Greg Emslie.
Slater shows way
His score was only eclipsed by current ratings leader, American Kelly Slater, who scored 17.73.
The Byron Bay-based professional now progresses to round three, while Ribas and Emslie are forced to fight it out in the losers' round two.
Only five Australians won round-one heats. They were Phil MacDonald, Luke Stedman, Taj Burrow, the Gold Coast's Dean Morrison and Wills.
The Quiksilver Pro France is the ninth of 11 events on the 2005 Fosters Men's ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and features the top 45 surfers in world and three wild card surfers.