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