Sunday, May 11, 2014
Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014
Men's competition resumed with Barra Da Tijuca ready to deliver.
It was obvious early on that high scores were going to be found inside the barrel.
The day started yet again with an early upset. Gabriel Medina (BRA) was eliminated in Round 3 by Travis Logie (ZAF).
Logie toppled the home-crowd favorite Medina with a deep barrel ride for a 9.50.
Logie breaking finds a clean exit out of his last-minute barrel.
Medina suffers his earliest elimination as World No. 1.
The boys cheer on Logie after his win.
Logie heads straight to Round 4
Julian Wilson (AUS) trying to stay focused before his Heat 4 matchup with Kolohe Andino (USA).
De Souza powered through the pain from a contusion on his leg in his Round 3 victory.
De Souza keeps Rio's dreams alive for a Brazilian event champ.
Andino readying to get back in the water for Heat 4.
Andino tore through a number of forehand and backhand barrels for an upset victory over Wilson.
A look at Andino's top wave from the beach.
Bede Durbidge (AUS) stalling in the tube to get that full coverage for maximum points.
Filipe Toledo (BRA) was one of five Brazilians eliminated in Round 3.
Wildcard David Do Carmo (BRA) hope to keep his miracle run alive but fell short to 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA).
The local crowd had Do Carmo's back from start to finish.
Slater thought he'd picked the wrong side of the final wave he shared with Do Carmo but he'd tallied enough for a Round 3 victory.
Slater continues his Rio campaign.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) preparing for his matchup against the tiger Tiago Pires (PRT).
Parko led Heat 7 from beginning to end.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) put an end to the upsets, knocking off Jadson Andre (BRA) in Heat 9.
Josh Kerr (AUS) stayed just ahead of Heat 11 opponent Alejo Muniz (BRA) for a Round 4 advancement.
Taj Burrow (AUS) settled in to the barrel game with more polish than his Heat 12 opponent Dion Atkinson (AUS) and advanced to Round 4.
With conditions holding steady and swell on the horizon, Round 4 was called ON.
2013 Rookie of the Year Nat Young (USA) found an 8.17 ride in the final minutes of Round 4's opening heat to earn a direct Quarterfinals berth.
De Souza stayed busy against Young but will now have to get passed Slater in a Round 5 elimination heat.
Smith had found his grove by the time he came up against Parko and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Round 4 Heat 3.
Trying to push through chunky barrels proved difficult for Parko, who will now face Michel Bourez (PYF) in Round 5.
Tomorrow's opening Round 5 heat combatants Slater and De Souza
Without a solid backup score, Zietz finds himself in Round 5.
By the time Round 4 was coming to a close, the water had become so frothy and turbulent that Zietz and his fellow riders left the beach exhausted.
Burrow gets ready to enter the water for the second time
Burrow pulled out the best scores in the quickly-deteriorating conditions for a direct advance to the Quarterfinals.
Despite losing all but one of their Brazilian surfers to elimination, the excitement on the beach never subsided.