Saturday, May 10, 2014
Updated: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Round 2 of the Billabong Rio Pro wrecked havoc with the top seeds as red jerseys fell in a day of upsets.
David Do Carmo (BRA) was the hometown hero of the day, knocking out reigning World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS).
Fanning needed a near-perfect 9.10 to overcome the point differential but couldn't locate a good option in the tide rolling in.
Do Carmo earned instant celebrity among his fellow Brazilians.
Fanning said it best: "I guess they call it an upset because you get upset."
Unfazed by the early drama, Kelly Slater threw up big carves for scores good enough to knock off the remaining wildcard.
Despite eliminating Brazilian wildcard Peterson Crisanto, Brazilian fans still wanted their photo of the 11X ASP World Champion Kelly Slater.
Adriano De Souza (BRA) surfed through the pain of the contusion he'd incurred in Round 1 and reigned victorious.
A hard-fought and no doubt painful battle, De Souza heads back to his team.
Julian Wilson (AUS) hasn't been in a Round 2 heat since the season opener at the Gold Coast. His dominance in Heat 3 advances him into more familiar territory.
Michel Bourez (PYF) kept busy, notching 13.26 points on eight waves and knocking off Brazilian Raoni Monteiro.
Dion Atkinson (AUS) edged out C.J. Hobgood (USA) by a narrow margin of 0.26.
Hobgood came up short in the seesaw heat against the Aussie.
Hobgood sets out to regroup and prepare for Fiji.
The upsets kept coming as Travis Logie (ZAF) took down Owen Wright, who made the Quarterfinals at Bells.
Kolohe Andino (USA) and Nat Young (USA) watching fellow Hurley surfers in the turbulent surf.
Wright stuck with his aerial game but failed to achieve a clean landing, costing him points and the heat.
Alejo Muniz (BRA) livened up the beach, solidifying a Brazilian representative position in Round 3.
Fred Patacchia (HAW) was disappointed that what felt like a great surf came short of a victory.
The Brazilian crowd will have to wait until Round 3 to see their local superstar, WCT No. 1 Gabriel Medina--at least on the water.
Bede Durbidge (AUS) jumped on 11 waves en route to defeating fellow Aussie Matt Wilkinson.
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) had the round's highest total, registering a 15.70 on his way to Round 3.
Adrian Buchan (AUS) kept busy, edging out Adam Melling (AUS) in the final heat of the day.
Back in the Samsung Galaxy Studio on the Beach the boys were keeping their fans happy!
Tiago Pires taking 'athlete signing' a little too literally.