Round 2 of the Men’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was finished today, with 3 heats run in round 3 as the conditions got more challenging towards the end of the day.
With the surf rolling in around 6-8 feet with the odd 10-foot washout set, the waves were suited to the power surfers. With a cross-shore wind coming up mid morning, conditions were a bit tricky with fairly bumpy waves. Jordy Smith looked right at home, using his size and power to dismantle the faces of the stormy waves.
Dusty Payne also looked very comfortable in the large surf, with some great surfing in round 2 & 3. Payne was desperately unlucky in his round 3 heat against Taj Burrow needing a attainable mid range score to progress with 10 seconds on the clock, a wave came but ended up closing out.
Unfortunately for Owen Wright he was eliminated in the 2nd round for the second competition in a row. Wright’s timing seems to be a little off, but with two of the next three events at left hand reef breaks you can bet he will turn his year around.
In another surprise, Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez was knocked out in round two. After such a great result on the Gold Coast, people expected the elements of Bells to suit his surfing.
Nat Young provided the final surprise of the day, claiming the high profile scalp of Julian Wilson. The sunshine coast local failed to get a reasonable backup score only needing a 5.0 to progress.
There is much anticipation about the conditions tomorrow with the swell expected to drop off but offshore winds forecast. A lot of the top seeds should surfing, with Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson all yet to surf in round 3.