Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
16 - 27 April 2014
Exciting finals day starts at Bells, moves to Winkipop
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 April, 2014 - A thrilling Finals day at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, stop No. 3 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), saw Mick Fanning (AUS) ring the Bell and claim victory at the historic event. The day started with the Women’s competition where Moore came out on top at Bells Bowl. The competition then moved to Winkipop for the Men’s Semifinals and Finals where Fanning reigned supreme.
Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion today claimed his third Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event title in an exciting back-and-forth battle over fellow tour veteran Taj Burrow (AUS). Both surfers posted excellent scores, using their contrasting styles to unload powerful cracks and carves, but both also made errors, falling off and missing some great waves.
Mick Fanning © ASP/Cestari
It was Fanning who capitalized when it counted by posting an 8.00 and an 8.83, Burrow held a heat high 9.63, but was let down by his second score 3.83. Fanning previously despatched Owen Wright (AUS) in the Quarterfinals and Julian Wilson (AUS) in the Semifinals.
“After that result (13th) in Margaret River I went home and worked really hard and I’m so pleased that the hard work paid off. Congratulations to Taj (Burrow), I’ve never been so nervous for nine minutes of my life, he surfed amazingly,” said Mick Fanning.
“We got to surf everywhere at this event which was awesome, we got to surf the Bowl, Rincon and to finish at Winkipop. It’s always been my dream to surf a Heat at Winkipop. This is such a special event for me and I feel comfortable here. With the calibre of surfers on Tour at the moment there’s never an easy Heat and it keeps it so exciting.”
“I felt really good today and I had a fun today,” said Taj Burrow. “I had a good Final with Mick (Fanning) but it was rough losing knowing I needed a 7 because I felt like there were so many opportunities to get one, but that’s the way it goes. There’s nothing better than ringing that Bell. It’s such an iconic event and I’m glad to have my name on the Bell. I’d love to have it on there a second time but I’ll take this result, put it in the bank and carry on to the next event.”
Taj Burrow © ASP/Cestari
SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.43 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.43
For the final heats of competition, event organizers relocated nearby to the high-performance wave of Winkipop to crown the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men's Champion. Progressive standouts Taj Burrow and John John Florence took to the water first, with Burrow establishing an early lead of an 8.33. Florence looked similarly deadly, smashing a 7.33 of his own, but Burrow's backup of a 6.10 saw the veteran advance to the Final over the young Hawaiian.
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.20 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.36
Julian Wilson struck first in what would turn in to a shootout for the remaining Final slot against reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning. Wilson locked in the first of several excellent scores to open the heat with an 8.00, quickly backing up the ride with a 6.33. Fanning would not be cowed, however, battling back and unloading a ferocious assault of forehand gouges, netting an 8.77 and 9.43 of his own. Wilson's attack continued to the end of the heat, but his last-ditch effort fell short of the near-perfect ride needed.
Wilson claims and Equal 3rd as Fanning heads to the Final.
Adriano de Souza © ASP/Cestari
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.16
Down to the business end of the event and Bells fired for the big guns. The Quarterfinals commenced with an intriguing matchup between defending event winner Adriano de Souza and perennial title threat Taj Burrow. De Souza has looked phenomenally sharp all event and his tireless assault of the Bells walls continued this afternoon. Burrow, however, would not be outmatched, selecting the larger waves and executing larger turns. Equal 5th for De Souza and advancement to the Semifinals for Burrow.
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 13.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.10
Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence and Floridian icon Kelly Slater did battle next in one of the most anticipated heats of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition, with both talents making uncharacteristic stumbles throughout the 30 minute affair.
Slater drew first blood with a 6.33 for a series of clean turns. Florence answered back with a technical frontside slob-grab straight air, claiming a 6.83 for the single maneuver. Florence was in the back seat in the final minutes of the heat, but connected a series of critical forehand gouges and snaps with just over a minute remaining for a 6.30 and a win over the 11-time ASP World Champ.
Julian Wilson © ASP/Cestari
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.53 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.34
Quarterfinal No. 3 hosted a high-scoring bout between stylish regular-footers Joel Parkinson and Julian Wilson. Parkinson got on his board first, logging a pair of 7.67s with his signature forehand technique. Wilson was on fire, however, unloading his impressive blend of power and progression. The up-and-comer garnered two excellent rides of 9.10 and 8.43 to secure his Semifinals slot over the 2012 ASP World Champion.
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.16 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.37
The high tide began to fill in for the last Quarterfinal matchup between Mick Fanning and Owen Wright, plaguing the Bells Bowl lineup with inconsistent conditions. The lack of swell on offer made both wave selection and execution critical for the two Australians and both Fanning and Wright would execute.
Wright got the best of the opening exchange, belting Bells Bowl on his backhand for a 6.33 while Fanning's seamless forehand carves garnered a 5.33. A series of weak sets caused a long pause in the action, leaving one last chance for Fanning to steal the lead. With less than one minute remaining, Fanning locked in on a set and convincingly carved up a solid 7.33, overtaking Wright for the win.
Jordy Smith © ASP/Cestari
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
Final: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.46
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.43 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.43
Semifinal 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.20 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.36
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.16
Quarterfinal 2: John John Florence (HAW) 13.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA)
Quarterfinal 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.53 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.34
Quarterfinal 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.16 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.37
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.27 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.33
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.26 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 12.44
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.30 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.26
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.37 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 13.10