Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfline Power Rankings Nick Carroll

Nick Carroll’s Power Rankings

Nick Carroll ranks and analyzes the field coming out of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach as we head into the Billabong Rio Pro in 2014.

Sometimes while reading the comments sections regarding Fanning, I get the sense that people are a bit confused about what it takes to be a World Champion. Well, for those who wanted to see it, Mick gave us all another little lesson in the craft at Bells Beach.

Best surfer of the contest. Maybe, on that laughably scored 9.93, he was the best surfer ever at Bells Beach. Of all the surfers currently on Tour, Jordy’s the one most suited to the term “freak.” He could literally do anything. I have no idea what he’ll do next. But, like everyone else, I’ll be watching.

– Nick Carroll -more-

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings Post Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Red Bull Power Rankings

Derek Rielly gives us a review of his top 10 surfers coming out of Bells.

Taj hates to lose a final, hates to lose to Mick Fanning and especially hates to lose needing a piddly seven. Slimmer than he’s ever been and stronger than the Empire State Building, Taj makes his other competitors look like they’re riding with drogues. And yet that face, so forcibly contorted into a smile on the presentation stage when all he wanted to do was give out a maniacal banshee cry.

Owen’s mouth is again filled with the salty taste of blood, pummelling with such fury he turns wave into hamburger. Welcome back!

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wrap Up

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wrap Up ASP 2014

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wrap Up ASP 2014Here are a few good wrap-up articles on the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach:

Surfer Magazine:

No wave will be ridden better this year. It was platinum. It was beautiful and barbaric and it was a 10…except that it wasn’t. … The rest of the draw breathed a sigh of relief, while the contest site buzzed with talk about how Jordy had been robbed. I quizzed six past Bells winners’ opinions on the subject and their reactions ranged from, “He clearly should have won” to “It’s bullshit.” -more-
– Sean Doherty

Stab:

The judges need a check up from the neck up, f’real. Jordy spanked Jules and Freddy P spanked Owen. Kelly said that Jordy’s wave was one of the best waves he’s ever seen ridden. -more-
– Dooma Fahrenfort

GrindTV:

We’re not used to seeing 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater falling off his surfboard. But in his quarterfinal matchup against John John Florence, it was like he put the wrong fins in and used seaweed for wax. “It was a slow heat so the nerves build and I forced a couple of turns. I think after I blew it on that one wave it hit my confidence,” he told the ASP. “I’ve had a couple of things [injuries] nagging me and I haven’t been free surfing enough,” he added. Now he knows what the rest of us 40-somethings feel like—old. -more-
– Justin Cote

Surfing Life:

Before the hooter started, Gabriel Medina and Adriano de Souza pushed each other too far up the point, jostling for first wave and neither giving an inch in the battle for the inside. It was reminiscent of the cycling discipline of individual pursuit, in that it was a standoff, a game of chicken, and that the first man to flinch would eventually perish. As it were, Adriano won the battle, and would go on to win the heat, delivering Gabriel a blow that could have World Title implications. For all the crew who say, This isn’t how competition should be, we say, Boo to you, let’s fucking eat each other. -more-
– Wade Davis

…and Surfing Life’s great final day summary vid:

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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.

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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