The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford round one was officially completed in 2-3ft surf, seeing 11x ASP World Tour Champion Kelly Slater (USA), reigning World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) and 2x ASP WCT title holder and reigning Bells Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) advance directly into round 3.
Aussie competitors Adam Melling (AUS) and Jacob Willcox (AUS) were forced into round 2 after Slater comboed an 8.33 with a 9.7 on his final wave of the heat. The well seasoned competitor made the best out of small conditions at Rincon.
With two waves in the high seven point range, Parkinson managed to take down both Hurley rider Brett Simpson (USA) and event wildcard Jack Perry (AUS).
Using experience to his advantage, Fanning posted two scores of 7.83 and 7.00 for a heat total of 14.83 against Sebastian Zietz’s (HAW) 12.34 and Indonesian athlete Oney Anwar’s 7.60.
Brazil’s Willian Cardoso successfully defeated world number six, Taj Burrow (AUS) sending him to fight for his spot back in race against Willcox in round two.
Stoked on his best result yet at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Hurley’s Julian Wilson (AUS) just barely took down both Kai Otton (AUS) and Patrick Gudauskas (USA) with a heat total of 14.64 against Otton’s 14.43.
After a good amount of time off last season due to injury, Brazil’s Raoni Monteiro has been training tirelessly in his father’s gym to prepare for the 2013 year, which was obvious through his performance in round one. Monteiro took down both Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA), sending them to round 2.
Santa Cruz rookie, Nat Young (USA) used his fiery backhand attack to come from behind against veteran competitors Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Travis Logie (ZAF). Young didn’t let the pressure of Flores’ quick high scoring start to the heat, distract him from two excellent wave scores at the end of the heat, giving Young what he needed to advance directly into round 3.
The rookie upsets continued with seventeen year old Filipe Toledo’s (BRA) win over Michel Bourez (PYF) and CJ Hobgood (USA).
Organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 7:30am (Australian time) for a possible 8am start.