Bells Beach turned on the style today with clean 3-5 foot surf in the Victorian sunshine.
The Mens round 3,4 & 5 heats were all finished with some shock results. Also, we saw the Womens champion handed the famous bell.
In the womens final, Hawaiian Carrisa Moore took down Australia’s Tyler Wright in the pumping surf. Moore finished the final with 15.40 while Wright could only manage a combination score of 8.00. Moore has won the last two ASP events putting her in pole position in the chase for the World Title.
With the “Beach Full” sign put up for the second day in a row, not everyone was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the surfing. The first shock of the day was Kelly Slater loosing his round 3 heat to Brazilian giant killer Willian Cardoso.
The next heavyweight to depart was Joel Parkinson loosing his Round 3 heat to another Brazilian in Raoni Monteiro. Even though Parkinson had scored a 10 and had a combine score of 19.10, Monteiro managed two high 9’s posting a heat total of 19.17.
Although the top two seeds had lost, we were treated to some wonderful surfing. Jordy Smith and Andre De Souza are arguably the two standouts of the event. Both have displayed a powerful forehand attack, destroying the Bells bowl on their way to the quarterfinals.
Mick Fanning, is also through to the quarterfinals after his round 5 victory over Monteiro, Fanning looks to be building momentum at the business end of the contest.
Commentators had dubbed it the “Day of the Brazilians”, and Filipe Toledo reaffirmed this with a display of electric all-round surfing to dispatch tour veteran CJ Hobgood in the last heat of the day.
The second half of the draw looks to be the toughest, with the inform De Souza facing the momentum gaining Mick Fanning, while South-African powerhouse Jordy Smith will duke it out with the exciting Toledo.
Competition organisers are hoping to run the finals either Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.
QF1 – Kai Otton v Taj Burrow
QF2 – Willian Cardoso v Nat Young
QF3 – Adriano De Souza v Mick Fanning
QF4 – Jordy Smith v Filipe Toledo