ASP 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Day 1 HighlightsDay 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:
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.