1 April, 2013 1 April, 2013

Jordy through to Quarter Finals at Rip Curl Pro, Parko & Kelly out!

Jordy was on fire in Bells' wide-open rights.

Jordy was in top form today at Bells Beach and posted impressive back-to-back heat victories to reach the quarter finals. In his Round 4 encounter with Mick Fanning and Felipe Toleda (BRA), Jordy left them both needing combination scores, with a heat total on 19.10pts out of a possible 20.00pts.

Bells was delivering scores in the excellent range all day as the world’s best tore apart the flawless four foot bowls. Well, not all the world’s best were posting excellent scores. Kelly fell foul to a reported muscle strain in his back, and looked stiff in his heat against Willian Cardosa, who, funnily enough, is in the event because of an injury wildcard. Willian totally ripped though, and even a fit Kelly would have had a hard time keeping up.

Kelly still cracked a solid lip despite nursing and injured back.

Kelly still cracked a solid lip despite nursing and injured back.

In the following heat, current world champ Joel Parkinson lost to Brazilian Raoni Monteiro to make things really interesting in the early part of this year’s world title race. With both the current tour leaders out in Round 3, title chasers Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow have a chance to reign them in. They’re both still in the event and through to the quarter finals.

Mick and Taj will have to overcome a hungry-looking Jordy Smith to get maximum points, however, but the South African is staking his claim as one of the men to beat when there’s a wide-open right point to shred. So, if he can’t have J-Bay on tour, he’ll just have to ring the bell.

Check out http://www.live.ripcurl.com for heat highlights and more.

Official press release below:


Slater and Parkinson Fall Amidst World-Class Performances at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Nat Young (USA), 21, 2013 ASP Dream Tour rookie, into the Semifinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Nat Young (USA), 21, 2013 ASP Dream Tour rookie, into the Semifinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Monday, April 1, 2013) – Pristine three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves rolled through the aquatic amphitheater of Bells Beach today as the world’s best surfers battled through three electric rounds of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford.

Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown and the unprecedented array of high-performance surfing at Bells Beach today yielded some incredible upsets and astonishing surfing action.

Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1, suffered a shock elimination this morning at the hands of injury replacement Willian Cardoso (BRA), 27.

“You never want to lose and especially in clean waves in the bowl,” Slater said. “I tweaked my back a few days ago and am nowhere near 100% so I have to go get an MRI on it. That said, Willian (Cardoso) smoked me. Plain as that. He was surfing really well and really powerful so congrats to him. We’ll just have to see what happens during the rest of the event with the other top guys. It’s a long year though.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, reigning ASP World Champion and three-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner (2004, 2009, 2011), moved quick to capitalize on Slater’s uncharacteristic loss, posting a 9.10 and a Perfect 10 in the following heat. The incredible scoreline, however, would not be enough to overcome a rampaging Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 30, who posted a 19.17 to cause the second major upset of the morning.

“No one ever wants to lose,” Parkinson said. “No one wants to lose with a 10 and a 9 either, but Raoni (Monteiro) is surfing really well and if he beats me with those kind of scores then he definitely deserves credit. Losing out at Bells early is a lost opportunity, but it’s a long season ahead. I’m going to regroup and focus on Brazil.”

While Monteiro would ultimately fall to two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009) Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in Round 5, Cardoso continued his juggernaut performance at Bells Beach this afternoon, crushing a Round 4 heat and advancing directly into the Quarterfinals.

“This is a huge day for me,” Cardoso said. “I wasn’t even planning on doing this event. After the Gold Coast and Margaret River, I flew home to Brazil. When I got home, I got the notice that I would be in Bells so flew back here. Kelly (Slater) is a hero of mine so to beat him is very unbelievable for me. To get another win this afternoon is even better. Hope to ring the bell for Brazil.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, continued to dominate Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition today, posting an 18.27 in Round 3 and a 19.10 in Round 4 to advance directly into the Quarterfinals.

“Good day at the office for me,” Smith said. “The waves are so fun today. A lot smaller but so clean and plenty coming through. My equipment is feeling really good and I’m excited for a big finish to the event.”

Long considered to be one of the premiere surfers on the planet, Smith has yet to attain an ASP World Title – an omission he’s looking to rectify in 2013.

“Massive upsets today with Kelly (Slater) and Joel (Parkinson) going down early,” Smith said. “Parko was ripping too, huh? Losing with a 10 and a 9? That doesn’t happen very often. It definitely opens up the World Title race though and everyone left in the field will be thinking about it heading into the next few days.”

Other perennial threats to capitalize on the early departures of Slater and Parkinson were Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, who are both into the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Nat Young (USA), 21, 2013 ASP Dream Tour rookie, continued to display a backhand mastery today, eliminating dangerous veteran Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, with some 11th hour heroics in this afternoon’s Round 5. Needing a solid score in the dying moments, Young sprint paddled into a final wave and unleashed a flurry of backhand cracks to the tune of an 8.50 for the win.

“I can’t believe that wave came through,” Young said. “Kerrzy (Josh Kerr) had priority and I guess he didn’t think either of us could catch it, but I just put my head down and somehow got in there. It was my last chance so I just threw everything I had at it and ended up with the score. To be into the Quarters at Bells is a dream come true and I’ll do my best to bring it home for the goofy-footers.”

Young was joined by fellow rookie Filipe Toledo (BRA), 17, in cracking the Quarterfinals.

When competition resumes, up first will be Kai Otton (AUS), 33, against Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, in the opening Quarterfinal bout.

The 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extreme in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa. You can also watch the event live via the Rip Curl Pro iPhone app, available free in the iTunes App Store.

CoastalWatch, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, have called for: A new long period SSW groundswell fills in during Tuesday ahead of a second, larger pulse arriving on Wednesday morning.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Heat 4:
Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.50 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.17
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.47 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.16
Heat 6: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 16.66 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.96
Heat 7: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 19.17 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19.10
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 18.06 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.74
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.67 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.00
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.10 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.56
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.27 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.60
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.73

Heat 1:
Kai Otton (AUS) 15.87, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.03, Nat Young (USA) 10.36
Heat 2: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 16.50, Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.40, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.00
Heat 3: Raoni Monteiro (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 19.10, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.67, Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.03

Heat 1:
Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.23 def. Adriano Buchan (AUS) 15.33
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 15.50 ef. Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.13
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.37 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.63
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.34 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.94

QF 1:
Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
QF 2: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Nat Young (AUS)
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)