THE FRANCE EVENT was stop seven of ten on the 2012 ASP World Tour, and the conclusion featured four semifinalists that span three generations, and a chasmic difference in competitive attitudes.
The results were crucial to this year’s world title race. Three of the four competitors gained critical ground on then No. 1, Mick Fanning, who fell unexpectedly in the early rounds. And then there was the guy who just doesn’t care — the same guy cited by many peers as the best surfer in the world.