Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
16 - 27 April 2014
Slater, Fanning, Parko, Smith all fire through Round 1
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 April, 2014 - After a holding period throughout the opening days of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach waiting period, Men's Round 1 action would commence early this morning in pumping four-to-six foot waves at Bells Bowl.
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.77, Nat Young (USA) 14.10, Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.90
The opening heat would kick off in the early morning, with brawny Australian Bede Durbidge, 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Runner-up Nat Young and Portuguese talent Tiago Pires lighting up firing Bells Bowl conditions.
Durbidge would carry the momentum from his impressive Semifinals finish at Margaret River, unloading his powerful frame in to the Bells Walls to jump out to an early lead. While both Pires and Young would strike back with strong attacks of their own, Durbidge would control the bout from start-to-finish, adding an 8.17 and 7.60 to his scoreline to take the win.
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.33, Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.03, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 6.57
Following fireworks in Heat 1, Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz, Australian Josh Kerr and Brazilian Raoni Monteiro would entangle in a gritty battle in Heat 2. While the affair was absent of any major scores, Zietz's would get the job done, connecting a midrange score of a 5.33 that would propel him to a Round 1 victory.
Mick Fanning © ASP/Cestari
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.33, Brett Simpson 5.40
Another sluggish heat would continue for Heat 2, with the world's best struggling to find a rhythm in the Bells Bowl. Heat 3 would see the slow affair come down to a last minute exchange, with Burrow getting the best of the sets over Flores and Simpson to secure a Round 3 berth.
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.16, Fred Patacchia (HAW) 11.83, Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.87
Reigning three-time ASP World Champion and two-time event winner Mick Fanning would take to the water next, battling veteran Fred Patacchia and injury replacement Glenn Hall. Fanning's surgical rail-game would shine in the open walls at Bells, blending seamless forehand carves to net a pair of 7s. While Patacchia would belt a 7 of his own for a series of solid backhand combinations, Fanning's 14.16 total would prove enough for the win.
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.87, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.77, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 10.56
The Bells Bowl continued to deliver for Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach as 2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson teed off against compatriot Adam Melling and wildcard Cahill Bell- Warren. Adam Melling's ice-cold technical precision was in full flight early on, posting solid scores and putting the pressure on his opponents. Parkinson responded in kind, nailing scores late in the affair (including one on the buzzer) to steal the win and advance directly into Round 3.
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 10.77, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.57, Jacob Wilcox (AUS) 5.00
Heat 6 would see 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater take on the next generation of Kolohe Andino and wildcard Jacob Wilcox. Andino would lock in the first scoring ride, connecting a series of clean forehand carves for a 5.00.
Slater, a four-time winner at Bells, would battle back, snatching a 7.00 when he connected three big turns. The seesaw battle would continue as the heat shifted to a battle for first between Slater and Andino. Following a late takeoff, the Californian would link a solid outside turn, a carving 360 and fins-free snap for an additional 5.57, surpassing Slater for the lead at the halfway point in the heat.
With just one minute remaining, an exchange would unfold between both Slater and Andino, with Slater in need of a 3.57 to take the win. Slater would capitalize, getting the score needed to take the last-second victory off of Andino.
Kelly Slater © ASP/Cestari
Heat 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.10, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.17, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.80
Heat 7 of Round 1 at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was truly an international affair with Tahitian Michel Bourez, Australian Adrian Buchan and Aritz Aranburu from the Basque region of Spain all doing battle in the Bells Bowl. Bourez, fresh of a win from Margaret River, bolted out to an early lead but struggled with consolidating a significant second score. This left the door open for Aranburu who punched in a solid score of his own in the dying minutes of the heat to take the win and advance directly into Round 3.
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.97, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.37
Jordy Smith took a commanding start to Heat 8, delivering a series of powerful forehand combinations for an 8.00. The South African quickly backed up the ride with a 6.50, leaving his fellow competitors in urgent need to get a start. Rookie campaigner Dion Atkinson answered back however, synching a big forehand carve and committed layback for a 7 of his own. Smith went on to extend his lead, belting an additional 7.60 to secure the dominant heat win.
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.17, Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.84
Heat 9 would see a battle of the goofy-footers with current ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina, veteran Travis Logie and Miguel Pupo striving for a Round 3 berth in pumping conditions at Bells Beach. All three competitors would struggle to find a rhythm throughout the affair, but Medina further established his backhand rail-game as a serious threat, navigating the slopey walls at Bells with ease to secure a Round 3 berth.
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.10, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.50
Owen Wright would strike first at the Bells Bowl, detonating a series of precise backhand turns for a 7.00, establishing an early lead over defending event champion Adriano de Souza and progressive talent Matt Wilkinson.
De Souza fought back, posting a heat-high 7.83. Wright continued to build momentum however, adding an additional 7 point ride, continuing his rhythm in the pulsing conditions. The Brazilian locked in to a last-second ride, but failed to capitalize, securing Wright's first Round 1 victory since his return to competition.
Aritz Aranburu © ASP/Cestari
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.83, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.77, John John Florence (HAW) 9.26
In one of the most highly-anticipated matches of Round 1, dynamic Australians Julian Wilson and Mitch Crews took on Hawaiian wunderkind John John Florence. In changing conditions, the three surfers struggled to find the most ideal scoring waves until Wilson lit up the Bells Bowl, drawing unique lines and surfing with progression. The Sunshine Coaster advances directly to Round 3 as Crews and Florence will battle it out in the elimination Round 2.
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.70, Kai Otton (AUS) 8.73, Jadson Andre (BRA) 5.27
The second all goofy-footed battle of the day saw 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood, Australian Kai Otton and Jadson Andre take on challenging conditions at Bells Bowl brought on by the high tide Throughout the majority of the affair, Otton would hold a slim lead, hanging on in first place compliments of a 5.00. Hobgood detonated a series of challenging backhand maneuvers in the final minutes of the heat, overtaking the lead with a 6.83 of his own to advance directly to Round 3.
Men's Round 2 action would continue immediately following Round 1, with ASP Top 34 campaigners battling the high tide at Bells to kick off the round.
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.97 def. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 7.93
The opening heat of Round 2 suffered from a transition in conditions with the energy moving from the Bells Bowl up to Rincon. Tour veteran Josh Kerr took on Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wildcard Jacob Willcox. With both surfers struggling to find scoring rides, finishing on the sand multiple times, the final exchange would be the decider. Kerr pulled ahead in the dying moments and Willcox's 11th hour effort fell agonizingly short.
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 10.34 def. Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 8.27
With a high-tide continuing to plague the Bells Beach lineup, Nat Young and wildcard Cahill Bell-Warren would shift their focus to Rincon rather than Bells Bowl to battle for a spot in Round 3. A low scoring battle would unfold throughout the 30 minute affair, but Young's backhand assault on a steep right for a 6.17 proved enough for a win over the local favorite.