jueves, 21 de abril de 2011

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach - Day.2

The 50th anniversary of this historic contest, up until yesterday, had been all about Bells Beach nostalgia and past champions, but today it was upstaged by the perfect weather and the best swell of the year at Bells' little sister, Winki Pop. Located a few hundred yards to the east of Bells, most surfers agree that Winki Pop is the better high performance wave. The Bells bowl can have a fat shoulder on large swell, while Winki Pop provides speed down the line with barrels and juicy sections to hit.
Round two is probably the most stressful round of a world tour event. No one wants to find themselves there after a round one loss, because a round two loss means equal 25th -- otherwise known as "last place." Jordy Smith was an angry man yesterday after losing his first round heat against the local wildcard surfer, Adam Robertson, who has grown up surfing Bells and Winki. Smith was feeling real pressure -- a loss in the second round could jeopardize his whole 2011 title campaign while Robertson, who finished second to Joel Parkinson in 2009, had nothing to lose but a bit of local pride.
Organizers had run round two of the women's in near perfect Bells, but made the call to shift it to Winki Pop because they were worried that the highest tide of the year was going to make Bells uncontestably deep. Smith and Robertson, in the first heat of round two, were the Winki Pop guinea pigs, both tearing the clean six-foot walls apart. The result of the heat came down to the last two waves ridden, with Smith taking the first wave of the set and Robertson taking the bigger second wave.
Martinez has struggled with form for over a year and results have been hard to come by. Considering he'd just defeated Taj Burrow, the current number twoin the world, you'd think Bobby would have been satisfied with getting through to the next round, but he was still not completely happy with the result and let fly during a post heat interview about the scoring. You can always rely on Martinez to call it how he sees it.
On the women's side, Carrisa Moore came back from a round one loss to rack up the best combined heat score of the whole event with two nine point wave scores in her heat against wild card Nikki Van Dijk.
Results and Videos...
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.43 def. Adam Robertson (AUS) 16.26
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.70 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.90
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.16 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.93
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.24 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.04
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.44
Heat 6: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.10 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 11.84
Heat 7: Gabe Kling (USA) 11.67 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.00
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.84 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.84
Heat 9: Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.10 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.83
Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.10
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.10 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.97
Heat 12: Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.77 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 8.06

Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Stu Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 8: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)