- World Surf League: Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 and 3, Mick Fanning Defeats Kelly Slater
- Day 6 of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Men's event ran elimination Round 2 and Match-Ups Round 3 in 3-to-4 foot (1-1.5 metre) conditions. Beginning of the event was at Bells Beach, then it moved to Winkipop to capitalize on the incoming tide.
In Round 2, 3-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) drew amazing surfing, defeated 2016 World Junior Champion Ethan Ewing (AUS) with 18.20. Following, he competed against 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in Round 3. Both surfers are tied for four event wins here at Bells. But Kelly Slater struggled with wave selection, fell the round.
2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) was defeated by Frederico Morais (PRT) with 13.94, he finished the this event.
Remaining 5 heats unfinished will start tomorrow.
Mick Fanning said;
“That was a pretty strange heat. The waves slowed down a lot, so it ended up being a bit of a grind between the two of us. Kelly [Slater] and I have surfed a lot of heats together over the years and always really enjoy them, it’s a great test. I definitely would have changed a few things about that heat, particularly my equipment. I should have been on a longer board. I’m excited to surf again. I love this place. It’s the most special stop on tour for me, so a solid result is always what I’m after here.”
Frederico Morais said;
“I knew it was going to be a really aggressive heat because Gabriel [Medina] is a formidable opponent. We were both hassling for the inside at the beginning of the heat so it was intense in the first few minutes. Luckily I got the first good wave. Getting an excellent score at the start put me in a comfortable position that I could just build on. I don’t want to get to ahead of myself. I’m just really pumped to keep surfing because the waves are so fun. Hopefully I can continue to put a show on for all of the people that come down to Bells Beach.”
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.40 def. Glyndyn Ringrose (AUS) 8.83
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.57 def. Samuel Pupo (BRA) 12.83
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.93 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 16.84
Heat 4: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 18.40 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 16.40
Heat 5: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 13.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.33
Heat 6: Joan Duru (FRA) 16.24 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.60
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.26 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.67
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.20 def. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.03
Heat 9: Frederico Morais (PRT) 17.94 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.87
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.60 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 13.74
Heat 11: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 17.00 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.80
Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.70 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.64
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.94 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.57
Heat 2: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.03 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.10
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.54 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.83
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.43
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.07 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 14.34 def. Nat Young (USA) 11.43
Heat 7: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.00 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.33
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.27 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.56
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.53 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.50
Heat 10: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.73 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.00
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.66 def. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 10.60
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.10 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 14.44
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- source : World Surf League