First Round Completed at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach!
The opening round of the 51st annual Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was completed yesterday in head high surf. The first 4 heats of the round were held at The Bowl, while the latter heats of the day moved up to the Rincon section of the lengthy Bells lineup.
Although the perennial ASP World Title contenders continued to dominate throughout the day, there were a few upsets in the tricky conditions.
Future World Title contender Gabriel Medina showed up late for the first heat of the morning and never found a rhythm during the 30 minute affair. In turn, Raoni Monteiro looked refreshed and in form as he sliced and diced his way down the point for the win.
World Title hopeful Taj Burrow seemed a bit flustered in his Round 1 heat as an on-fire Willian Cardoso lit up the point and advanced to Round 3, forcing Taj to enter a Round 2 elimination heat.
Top Seeds Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, and Mick Fanning all advanced straight to Round 3 rather convincingly, each posting impressive heat scores in the opening round.
But it was the rookies Nat Young and Filipe Toledo, along with ASP World Tour sophmore Kolohe Andino who thrilled the crowd with incredible aerials and solid power surfing. Young snagged a dramatic last minute win with a searing backhand assault on a solid set wave. Toledo pulled a 360 air and then a Kerrupt Flip on the same wave and was the crowd favorite for the day. Andino pulled the highest, and most inverted 360 full rotation air of the day for a huge score and advanced straight into Round 3.
Round 2 action will start today around 1:30pm PST. Expect bigger swell each day as a series of solid SW swells approach the region. Watch the webcast live at ripcurl.com.
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.60, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.33, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.64, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.43, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.83
Heat 3: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.06, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.33, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.16
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.34, Oney Anwar (IDN) 7.60
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.20, Brett Simpson (USA) 10.20, Jack Perry (AUS) 8.87
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.03, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.50, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 10.17
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.33, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.60, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.10
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.06, Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.20, Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.87
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.43, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.90, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.20
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.47, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.67, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.23
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.26, Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.77, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.73
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.14, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.90, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.76
Photos and Video courtesy of ASP Images.