Top talent time Day 5 of Breaka Burleigh Pro
Breaka Burleigh Pro
ASP 6-Star Men's event
ASP 6-Star Women's event
Burleigh Heads, Queensland Australia
3 - 10 February 2013
Fanning puts on fast and dynamic display at Breaka Burleigh Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 February, 2013 : - - Burleigh Heads, Australia -- It was a relaxed two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) at Burleigh Heads today as he put the competition rash vest back on for the first time in season 2013. He then went onto a comfortable Round 4 heat win in the ASP 4-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro.
“This is a good warm-up for the season ahead – Burleigh is a fun wave and it’s breaking well this week so it suits my preparation” said Fanning. “I’m feeling good right now and ready for a big season ahead, my body and boards are good and I had a great time on-tour last year. I’m looking to improve on last year’s ranking for sure – by two places!” Joked Fanning who finished a close 3rd on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour.
Fanning put on his typically fast and dynamic display to take an easy heat win and advance to Round 5 ahead of Newcastle surfer Ryan Callinan who advanced in second place on a score-line 14.27 to 13.47. In tomorrow’s Round 5 clash Fanning will face young up-and-coming Australian Matt Banting who was one of the stand-out heat winners today posting an impressive two wave heat tally of 16.86.
Adam Melling © ASP/Will H-S
Owen Wright (AUS), the current ASP world number 11 ranked surfer and number two seed at this event was also impressive posting the day’s third highest heat score of 16.90 to win through.
Wright believes he’s better prepared than ever for season 2013 having worked on his fitness and board designs extensively over the past three months.
Wright will face New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand and French surfer Joan Duru in Round 5.
Sunshine Coast 18-year-old Jack Duggan continued his fairy-tale run by again advancing through to Round 5. It’s Duggan’s first ever ASP World Tour event and he used his aerial skills to post a solid heat tally of 14.50 to advance in second place behind fellow Queensland surfer Lincoln Taylor.
Duggan will need to maintain the momentum tomorrow when he faces three World Championship Tour surfers in Kieren Perrow, Bede Durbidge and Jay Thompson in possibly the toughest heat in Round 5.
Joan Duru © ASP/Will H-S
Former ASP World Championship Tour surfers Jay Thompson and Daniel Ross both dominated their heats with Ross responsible for the highest heat tally of the event so far when he demolished his opponents with a 17.50 combined two-wave score.
The final heat of the day saw Alejo Muniz score big with a 9 and an 8 point ride defeating young Australian Cooper Chapman. Ideal conditions at Burleigh Heads with clean and long peeling performance waves look like maintaining right through to the finals on the weekend which should see massive crowds line the headland to watch many of the best surfers in the world.
There’s a good chance girls round four will surf tomorrow which includes world number two Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and world number four and five ranked surfers Tyler Wright (AUS) and Courtney Conlogue (USA). The event resumes at 8:00am tomorrow morning and runs through to approximately 4pm with the finals set for Saturday (Women’s) and Sunday (Men’s).
Matt Banting © ASP/Will H-S
Breaka Burleigh Pro Round 4 – Round of 64
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 14.40, John Cummings (Aus) 13.87, Luel Felipe (Bra) 9.94, Nick Squiers
Heat 2: Jay Thompson (Aus) 13.83, Marco Fernandez (Bra) 11.46, Peterson Crisanto (Bra), Jose Ferrera
Heat 3: Lincoln Taylor (Aus) 16.13, Jack Duggan (Aus) 14.50, Jerome Forrest (Aus) 13.67, Blake Thornton
Heat 4: Ricardo Christie (NZ) 14.46, Bede Durbidge (Aus) 14.43, Ty Watson (Aus) 13.50, David Van Zyl
Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (Fra) 14.23, Adam Melling (Aus) 13.33, Dean Bowen (Aus) 12.77), Paul Cesar
Heat 6: Santiago Muniz (Arg) 16.84, Caio Ibelli (Bra) 16.80, Heitor Alves (Bra) 16.10, Shane Holmes
Heat 7: Matt Banting (Aus) 16.86, Mitch Crews (Aus) 14.60, Matt Lewis-Hewitt (NZ) , Tim Macdonald
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (Aus) 14.27, Ryan Callinan (Aus) 13.47, Wade Carmichael (Aus), Nathan Webster
Heat 9: Owen Wright (Aus) 16.90, Nick Vasicek (Aus) 11.60, Rafael Teixeira (Bra), Kelly Norris (Aus)
Heat 10: Billy Stairmand (Nz) 15.66, Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.47, Arashi Kato (Jpn), Mark Occhilupo
Heat 11: Daniel Ross (Aus) 1750, Davey Cathels (Aus) 13.67, Glenn Hall (Irl) 13.26, Kaito Ohashi (Jpn)
Heat 12: Brent Dorrington (Aus) 16.37, Joan Duru (Fra) 16.17, Heath Joske (Aus) 11,Hiroto Ohhara
Heat 13: Matt Wilkinson (Aus) 15.43, Corey Ziems (Aus) 14.63, Vasco Ribeiro (Prt), Shane Campbell
Heat 14: Thomas Woods (Aus) 15.04, Chris Friend (Aus) 13.73, Cahill Bell-Warren (Aus), Jack Freestone
Heat 15: Dion Atkinson (Aus) 16.14, Stu Kennedy (Aus) 13.73, Dale Lovelock (Aus) 11.56, Kenta Hayashi
Heat 16: Alejo Muniz (Bra) 17.00, Cooper Chapman (Aus) 13.20, Hairil Anwar (Ind) 7.70, James Wood
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# 5 : Good surf on Day 4 of Breaka Burleigh Pro
Source: Surfing Queensland
Author: Will Hayden-Smith
Tags: Breaka Burleigh Pro, ASP World Tour, Mick Fanning