The swell was definitely bigger on Wednesday morning (6 to 8-foot) but the wind was kinda sideshore and the waves were a little sloppy. In the first heat, Mick Fanning rallied after yesterdayâ€™s defeat and knocked out local favorite Balaram Stack with a 15.20.
“It’s always hard when you lose that first round, you’ve got to go back and pick up the pieces and go again,” Mick said. “Wildcards are difficult because they’re usually locals and they know spot. I tried to get moving early and keep moving. The tide was dropping out and I just tried to get them in early. My board yesterday wasn’t working too well, so I went back to my normal shortboard that I’ve been riding all year.”
Heat 5 saw Michel Bourez attempt a superman or two, but it wasnâ€™t enough to take out Freddy P. Heat 6 was all Florida and statemates Damien Hobgood and Gabe Kling definitely didnâ€™t show each other any mercy. Damo opened with a 6.33 and, later, just missed some kind of lien reverse. He took the heat with a 13.13.
Things really started getting exciting in Heat 7, when 24-year-old Brazilian Adriano de Souza met alternate Travis Logieâ€™s explosive lip smashes with 360 reverse sliders and a frontside 360 slob. (I think.) Adriano netted the highest wave score and the highest highest heat total of the day: 9.20 and 17.93. Adriano also won his Round 3 match-up against Pat Gudauskas.
“I’m really happy with my performance today,” he said. “My first heat was better for sure, I got the 9 and the 8, but I tried to get in rhythm in Round 3 and I hope I can keep going and get a good result in here. My house is really similar to these waves in New York and I feel at home out in these conditions.”
As the sky was falling on Wednesday, notebooks were rendered inadequate and I decided to send myself email notes on the second half of the day. I think they sum up the rest of the dayâ€™s highlights nicely–or at least succinctly:
11:36 AM (Round 2, Heat 8 )
Waves coming in w. tide. Cory: huge floater on an overhead wave. OMG, mention of ski assist. Cory gets another massively long floater, at least a three count. Buoys starting to disappear in sets.
12:20 PM (Round 2, Heat10)
Davo niiice left. Kai took this amazing left, walled up beautifully. Kai: huge vertical leap of a floater and smashes the already-curling lip, disappears into the whitewater and hangs on.
1:53 PMÂ (Round 2, Heat 12)
Pat G–Jersey roots? Whole fam is standing behind me on the beach. 7.5 for smooth air reverse. Incomplete alley-oop.
(Round 3, Heat 1)
Taj: Holy alley-oop, seven feet high? Didn’t land it, but so rad. Taj sticks a super powerful air reverse. Adam Melling spins like a top in response, sticks. 2.27??? Taj–two air reversi and a floater. 9.17! If I were watching this on the webcast, I’d still be frothing. To be here in person is… wow.
“It’s pretty good out there,” Taj said. “Us natural footers that like to do airs rub our hands together when wind’s like that. I did that big alley-oop on that first wave and I stacked it, but when I was through air I felt the board sticking to my feet. I knew that heat was going to be fun.”
2:09 PM (Round 3, Heat 2)
Pat G: soaring double grab.
3:26 PM (Round 3, Heat 4) (Last of the day.)
Damo pulls backside grab, back hand? (Indy?) Full rotation. High. Didn’t stick. Bested by Jadson, whose heat score = 13.44.
Oh yeah, and Bobby Martinez cleared Kellyâ€™s path to Round 4 in spectacular fashion. He was set to face Kelly in Heat 6 of the third round on Thursday, but was DQâ€™ed after talking mad shit on the ASP. Something about tennis.
Thursdayâ€™s first heat, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., will pit Josh Kerr against Raoni Monteiro. Check it out at QuiksilverPro.com.
ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Â Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.20 def. Balaram Stack (USA) 7.06
Heat 2:Â Owen Wright (AUS) 14.07 def. Asher Nolan (USA) 11.33
Heat 3:Â Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.10 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.00
Heat 4:Â Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.06 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.73
Heat 5:Â Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.10 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.27
Heat 6:Â Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.13 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 10.00
Heat 7:Â Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.93 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.40
Heat 8:Â Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.17 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 12.50
Heat 9:Â Adam Melling (AUS) 15.70 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.97
Heat 10:Â Kai Otton (AUS) 13.50 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.43
Heat 11:Â Brett Simpson (USA) 12.93 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.20
Heat 12:Â Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.93 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 8.83
ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Â Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.10 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 12.87
Heat 2:Â Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.60 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.67
Heat 3:Â Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.60 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.73
Heat 4:Â Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.17 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 7.93
REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 5:Â Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 6:Â Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Bobby MartinezÂ *Will not be surfed. Martinez disqualified from competition.
Heat 7:Â Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8:Â Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9:Â Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 10:Â Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11:Â Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12:Â Owen Wright (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)