Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach R2 R3 R4 Round Up

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach R2 R3 R4 Round Up ASP 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach R2 R3 R4 Round Up ASP 2014Where to start? So much happened over the past two days. If you missed it, here are a few places to look:

ASP R2 Highlight Video | ASP R3-R4 Recap Video

Gabriel Medina vs Bede Durbidge – Controversy erupted in R3 as Medina used his priority to force Bede off a wave, but looked a bit like a diving soccer player trying to sell an interference call. Ya, Bede was pissed…in Bede’s mellow way.

Sean Doherty’s R3/R4 Recap

With his heat against Bede Durbidge seemingly under control, with Gabe leading handsomely and holding priority in the dying seconds, he chose to not simply block Bede from catching the winning wave, he veered left and tried his best to get run over and catch Bede on an interference. There was nothing subtle about his gamesmanship – his hands were in the air before they left the rails, the fade flagrant, and the display of histrionics to the judges wouldn’t look out of place at the soccer world cup in Rio in June. I watched it and had only the one question for Gabe, the big one… why?

The collective goodwill that followed Gabe’s win at Snapper was close to universal. The winds of change were blowing and Gabe was the agent of that change. Brazilian, goofy, young. It wasn’t so long ago that he’d stormed petulantly off stage in Portugal after losing to Julian Wilson in the final, but he’s matured a decade in the year since, far more comfortable in his own skin. He’s won a lot of heats since then and he’s won them in good style and with good grace. And Gabe will win a lot this year. He might win the whole damn thing, but he needs to keep in mind that how he wins will be remembered as much as what he wins. Just ask Kelly, the winningest surfer of all-time who snaked Shane Beschen once and has never been forgiven for it. -more-
– Sean Doherty

John John Florence – JJF woke up. Moving to Rincon helped. In R3, he just about cut Kai Otton in half, and then in R4, he scored a perfect 10 and just about landed on Medina. JJF’s performance even inspired Parko.

John John like just tricked everybody. We watched that and I was just baffled when I saw that. I’m like looking for inside runners and he does that out the back…I was just uh…it kind of inspired me.
– Parko

The Js wake up – JJF wasn’t the only one to wake up. Julian (9.93) and Jordy (9.57) looked back in form.

Sowden Coffee Maker

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Day 1 Highlights

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Day 1 Highlights

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Day 1 Highlights ASP Video

ASP Day 1 Highlight Video

Day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach had some tight heats–some of the high seeds just squeaked through. Once again, the judges reinforced that if a low seed is going out-score a high seed, they need to make it definitive. If it’s a close heat, the high seed is going to get the nod (for example, Slater’s win over Kolohe, Parko’s win over Melling and Kerr’s win over Willcox). Here are our Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Day 1 highlights:

The Drone Cam – We’ve been hoping they’d incorporate this into the live feed for a while now, and we thought it looked awesome. And another.

Occy – Oc is back! So refreshing.

Bede Durbidge – Looks like Bede is going to continue the momentum he generated at Margaret River. He looked good on this 8.17 that help relegate Nat to R2.

Jeremy Flores – This is more of an un-highlight. Before the contest, Flores sent out the following tweet: “For all u fantasy surfers out there i have been kooking it hard. i had 3 free surfs today trying hard and i am still kooking it !!! Last chance to take me off Ur fantasy surf team”. He proved himself right in Round 1. Thanks for the tip JF.

Mick Fanning – This break was made for Mick and he shows us why on this 7.83.

Glenn Hall – Coming back from a brutal back injury in 2013, Micro gets hammered by an inside section.

Slater vs Andino – Kolohe was not happy that the judges gave Slater the nod. It even looks like Slater was a bit embarrassed by the win. You be the judge….was Slater’s 3.77 better than Kolohe’s 3.67? We think Kolohe should have taken it.

Aritz Aranburu – Aritz takes some steam out of The Spartan’s sails with his upset win.

Jordy Smith – Great to see Jordy surfing like we know he can as seen on this 8.00.

Dion Atkinson – He couldn’t get by Jordy in R1, but if he surfs like he did on this 7.50, he has a good shot in R2.

Owen Wright – Has Owen found his form again? He looked great on this 7.10.

Julian Wilson – We were pumped for the Julian/JJF heat. Julian took it without debate with help from this 8.00.

CJ Hobgood – CJ won his heat, but he wasn’t happy with the judges on his 6.83. CJ is all smiles on the beach, but we love when he gets fired up out in the water.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Seedings

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Seedings

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Seedings

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Seedings

Here are the seedings and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach:

1. Kelly Slater 24. Kolohe Andino 36. Jacob Wilcox
2. Joel Parkinson 23. Adam Melling 35. Cahill Bell-Warren
3. Mick Fanning 22. Fred Patacchia 34. Glenn Hall
4. Taj Burrow 21. Jeremy Flores 33. Brett Simpson
5. Josh Kerr 20. Sebastian Zietz 32. Raoni Monteiro
6. Nat Young 19. Bede Burbidge 31. Tiago Pires
7. Michel Bourez 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Aritz Aranburu
8. Jordy Smith 17. Filipe Toledo 29. Dion Atkinson
9. Gabriel Medina 16. Miguel Pupo 28. Travis Logie
10. Adriano De Souza 15. Owen Wright 27. Matt Wilkinson
11. Julian Wilson 14. John John Florence 26. Mitch Crews
12. CJ Hobgood 13. Kai Otton 25. Jadson Andre

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Groundswell

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Groundswell

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Groundswell

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his picks. For his detailed write-ups, check out his forum post. The comp should start today or tomorrow. Now’s the time to second guess yourself and pick a completely new team in a state of panic.

HOT (no surprises here): Mick Fanning, Nat Young, Kelly Slater
Others to consider in this group: Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith

WARM (almost a lock to end up on your teams):
Owen Wright, Joel Parkinson, Mitch Crews
Others: Michel Bourez, Josh Kerr, Adriano de Souza

COOL (You’re rolling the dice here, but you may win or lose the event with these guys):
John John Florence, Filipe Toledo, Bede Burbidge
Others: Julian Wilson, Gabriel Medina, Fred Patacchia

COLD (if these surfers do well, it would REALLY surprise me):
Brett Simpson, Kai Otton, Jeremy Flores
Others: Travis Logie, Tiago Pires, All the wildcards -more-
– Groundswell

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2014

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2014

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Yeah, yeah, yeah…go with the popular pick after his dream run last year. Well, did you watch last year? This wave is tailor-made for Natty boy. I believe this kid will ring that bell multiple times in his career. I believe it should start now. And I believe we are going vert if it does. -more-
– Jimmicane

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

ASP Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Red Bull Cheat Sheet

Taj Burrow. You don’t finish in the top five at the highest level of pro surfing 17 years straight without the deepest competitive streak. Finishing next to last at Margarets, in his own backyard, and beaten twice in a row by Bede Durbidge, is killing Taj. He ain’t sleeping! At Bells his surfing will imprint evident marks on the fat walls and some’ll be calling it the best surfing ever seen there. -more-
– Derek Rielly

Jordy Smith was furious with himself for letting Bede Durbidge sneak a heat-winning wave under priority in their Margaret River quarter final, as he was clearly in trophy-raising form. Last year at Bells, Jordy was once again the surfer of the event, until eventual victor Adriano De Souza outsmarted him and snuffed his flame in the semis. These two wrongs will make everything right in 2014, and Jordy will ring surfing’s loudest trophy. -more-
– Chris Binns

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Captain Kai

ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Pundit Captain Kai

Captain Kai

Captain Kai’s picks

We just stumbled upon Captain Kai’s site. Here’s his take on Fantasy Surfer for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Another guy picking up momentum and showing some serious power in the West, was Jordy Smith. He had a shocker at Snapper, but in West Oz he was looking his mature best and you know he loves Bells. Huge power carves and a big air game will make the Saffa powerhouse a danger man. … The duo of Taj Burrows and Josh Kerr, both looking solid so far this year will also be worth looking at if you don’t want to splash out on your Fantasy Budget on Mick, Joel or Kelly. -more-
– Captain Kai

Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman’s Review of the Surfers

Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman’s Review of the Surfers Fantasy Surfer

Surfline Power Rankings: Andrew Kidman's Review of the Surfers

Surfline Power Rankings

At present, the two-wave structure more often than not rewards mediocrity, surfers attempting to “build a house.” I want to see that “house” destroyed by a wrecking ball of performance. I want to see the surfer that does the best surfing in the heat win. I’m tired of watching average surfing defeat a surfer like John John or Jordy Smith whom both more often than not lose because they can’t find a backup wave. By changing the format to one wave it would force the competitors to go for broke from the get go. -more-
– Andrew Kidman