Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Schedule: Round 2 (Heats 3-12)
Conditions: Three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Bells Bowl.
Heat 3: Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.20 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.34
Hall, who is competing in his first event since his back-breaking injury in Fiji, drew first blood, linking together a series of smooth backhand turns for a 6.67.
Bourez answered back on his forehand, throwing his powerful frame into the Bells walls for a 3.67 and 5.67 to temporarily snatch the lead off of Micro.
The seesaw battle continued when Hall strategically dismantled a set wave for an additional 6.53, regaining the lead. Both Hall and Bourez rode only a total of five waves a piece in their heat, but Hall's surgical performance earned a Round 3 berth, seizing Bourez's momentum following a Margaret River victory.
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.84 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 13.76
The opening exchange was electric, with De Souza's power blasts edging out Simpson's progressive fin-free maneuvers.
The second exchange provided even more fireworks with the Brazilian decimating a running righthander to the tune of a 9.17. Simpson had opportunity on the following wave, but a mistimed reentry ended the potential.
De Souza's Bells Title defense moves to Round 3 while Simpson will look to regroup for Brazil.
Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.84 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.54
Heat 5 got off to a slow start, with both Kai Otton and Raoni Monteiro logging only one small score each by the halfway mark. A crucial exchange unfolded, however, when Otton strung together a series of seamless backhand turns for a 7.17 while Monteiro's flatter set only garnered a 5.67.
Otton locked in to an additional set-wave, carving up a 7.67 to establish a healthy lead. The Brazilian battled back, but his final wave score of 5.87 fell shy of the number needed to surpass the Australian.
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 14.80 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.16
Following an upset in his elimination of Jordy Smith on the Gold Coast, Pires was absent from Margaret River due to a knee injury sustained in training. But in spite of his absence out West, Pires showed no signs of slowing this morning, bolting out to an early lead with crisp, powerful surfing.
Florence posted a solid score early on, but the young natural-footer's full-throttle approach resulted in a number of falls and missed opportunities. Needing a solid score in the dying moments, Florence drove into a Bells righthander, blasting a series of high-velocity maneuvers to net a 7.53 and stole the heat win.
Heat 7: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.23 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.53
Miguel Pupo started things off in Heat 7 against rookie Dion Atkinson with a variety of backhand turns for an opening score of 5.83. Atkinson answered back with a stylish forehand approach of his own, belting a 6.03 to get his name to the top of the scoreboard.
Pupo built on his opening score with an impressive display of speed, power and flow on the open faces of Bells, elevating his combination score by adding a 6.50 and a 7.73, placing the Australian in need of an 8.20 ride to overtake the lead. In the final minutes, Atkinson locked in to a final ride, but failed to find the excellent score needed.
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.10 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.66
Toledo, now his second year amongst the elite, opened up the affair in sizzling form, netting an 8.33 on his opening ride.
Logie answered back with a 7.33, followed by a 5.83 and temporarily captured the lead.
The young Brazilian would have the final say, however, in a relatively slow heat, posting a 6.27 on his final ride and advancing to Round 3.
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.63 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.16
Buchan got on the board first, notching a midrange score. A crucial exchange unfolded soon after, with Wilkinson unloading his progressive backhand attack for an 8.13 while Buchan's surgical approach earned an 8.33. Wilko detonated another set wave shortly after, combining a big carve, a tail-drifting turn and a closing snap for a 7.50 and a spot in Round 3.
Heat 10: Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.70 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.10
Crews has had an impressive rookie run thus far, taking down some big scalps en route to a 9th place finish on the Gold Coast and the young natural-footer continued his run this morning.
Surfing with speed, power and flow, Crews worked over the Bells Bowl with style while Flores was left frustrated with both his surfing and his wave selection.
Heat 11: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 14.83 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.84
Fred Patacchia dissected the Bells Beach lineup with precision and confidence, unloading powerful combinations on his opening two rides for an excellent 8.33 and a 6.50. Unfortunately for his opponent, Jadson Andre, the ocean went quiet shortly afterwards, leaving the Brazilian unable to find any substantial scores.
Andre eventually connected on two-rides, but Patacchia's opening heat dominance secured a Round 2 victory in favor of the Hawaiian.
Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.17 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.70
With the tide coming up, swell energy moved off the Bells Bowl and up to Rincon. Melling capitalized on the conditions available, utilizing his powerful frame and flawless technique to draw lines on the Bells faces.
Andino had an opportunity toward the end of the heat, but Melling utilized his priority to block a potential Andino score.