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Wright Eliminates Slater in Pumping Bells Beach for Rip Curl Pro Round 2

Posted by: on April 15th, 2009



Owen Wright (AUS), 19, event wildcard, caused the upset of the day in eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending event winner Kelly Slater (USA), 37.

Owen Wright (AUS), 19, event wildcard, caused the upset of the day in eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending event winner Kelly Slater (USA), 37.



BELLS BEACH, Victoria – Pumping surf in the six-foot (2 metre) range and dramatic performances marked today’s action as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers steamrolled through the first 12 heats of Round 2.


The second stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach saw excellent surf on offer throughout the day as the world’s best surfers narrowed the competitive field down to the final 20.


Owen Wright (AUS), 19, Rip Curl Pro wildcard, caused the upset of the event, eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending Rip Curl Pro winner Kelly Slater (USA), 37, during Round 2 of competition. The young Australian drove out to an early lead with his critical backhand attack, netting a 14.67 out of a possible 20, while Slater hunted barrels on his forehand.


“I am really happy,” Wright said. “It has been a long week waiting to surf against Kelly Slater. I have just been relishing it and waiting for it. Out there, I just stayed on my own game and really just concentrated on what I was doing. I just got the set waves and surfed them, then the ocean went flat at the end and I kept the win.”


Wright has been in sterling form in 2009, collecting three ASP Pro Junior event wins as well as a No. 8 spot on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS). Today’s win against the nine-time ASP World Champion was further evidence of the explosive goofy-footer’s world-class form, and a great boost to confidence for the remainder of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.


“I’ll be taking a lot of confidence into my next heat,” Wright said. “I am just rapt with that heat and really happy to get one over Kelly Slater. There won’t be many chances like that one to come around.”


Slater displayed his patented mastery of the Bells bowl, sliding into barrels and smashing the lip on several occasions, but a failed exit on a double-barrel wave cost the Floridian the score needed.


“It was reminiscent of a heat I had out here against Sunny Garcia in 2000,” Slater said. “I needed to come out of a second barrel to get through the heat and fell. Sunny went on to win the event and the World Title. Which is pretty dooming I suppose. I didn’t see too much of Owen (Wright) surfing in the heat, but he did one big turn in front of me and I’ll have to watch the video later.”


The result marks the second equal 17th finish for Slater in 2009, making his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title much more difficult.


“The magic hasn’t been there yet this season like it was last year,” Slater said. “However, I just have to remember that it’s early in the season and there’s a long way to go.”


Joel Parkinson (AUS), 21, current ASP World No. 1, dominated today’s conditions at Bells Beach, defeating 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Round 2. Parkinson unleashed a flurry of fluid carves and explosive lip maneuvers to secure the highest single-wave score of the day, a 9.23 out of a possible 10.


“There is nothing better than coming over the hill for Bells,” Parkinson said. “Especially when you know you have an early morning heat, a low tide, it’s offshore and it is 4-6 foot. It has probably only happened two to three times in my career so I will definitely remember this one for a while.”


Mick Fanning (AUS), 21, former ASP World Champion (2007) and past winner of the Rip Curl Pro (2001), was in sensational form as well this morning, securing the day’s high heat total of a 17.16 out of a possible 20 for his phenomenal forehand performance.


“The waves are pumping right now, it is so consistent,” Fanning said. “It was a bit nerve-wracking not surfing for a week as you normally have the Round 1 surf to work out how things are going.”


Following a brief relocation to nearby Winkipop for Heats 11 and 12, an onshore flow forced event organizers to call competition off for the day.


Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start.


When competition resumes, veteran ripper Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, will take on replacement seed Jay Thompson (AUS), 25, in Heat 13 of Round 2.


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Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.00 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 11.00

Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) 16.93 def. Chris Ward (USA) 10.67

Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.67 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.50

Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.76 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.66

Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.16 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.27

Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.40 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 12.50

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17

Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.67 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.83

Heat 9: Adam Robertson (AUS) 16.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.84

Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.57 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 9.67

Heat 11: Drew Courtney (AUS) 16.07 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.60

Heat 12: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 15.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.47



Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)

Heat 14: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. David Weare (ZAF)



Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)

Heat 5: Adam Robertson (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)

Heat 6: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)

Heat 7: TBA

Heat 8: TBA

Flores and de Souza Make their Moves at the Quiksilver Pro France

Posted by: on September 22nd, 2008



De Souza shakes Aranburu's hand after their action packed Round 2 clash.

De Souza shakes Aranburu



HOSSEGOR, France (Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008) – Twenty-year-old Jeremy Flores (FRA) and 21-year-old Adriano de Souza (BRA) have a few things in common. They both qualified for the ASP World Tour as WQS No. 1 surfers, they are both rated in the ASP World Tour Top 10 and they both won their Round 2 Quiksilver Pro France heats held at Les Estagnots today.

De Souza currently sits in 6th on the ASP ratings, Flores 10th – they both are in a position to improve their ratings at the Quiksilver Pro France now that three of the Top 10 surfers have bowed out of the competition with 33rd place results.

Reigning ASP World Champion and World No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) and World No. 4 Joel Parkinson (AUS) lost their Round 2 heats yesterday. Former three-time ASP World Champion and World No. 9 Andy Irons (HAW) failed to show up for his Round 2 heat against Jihad Kohdr (BRA) today.

De Souza used that knowledge as extra incentive to win a seesaw battle against Aritz Aranburu (EUK) this morning. Aranburu surfed well but will have to wait until the next event in his native Basque country to please the European fans who were out in force today.

“I saw Fanning and Parko lose last night and thought, ‘this is a big opportunity for me to get into the Top 5,’” de Souza said. “That was a tough heat. Aritz had the crowd on his side so it was pretty hard to win but I’m really happy, the waves were really pumping. This event is very important for me so I’m just going to try my best.”

Flores surfed solidly to eliminate Australia’s Dan Ross today. Flores has been outspoken about the pressure he feels to perform at home in France – but he may have stumbled on a solution for that stress this morning.

“I woke up late and got here five minutes before my heat but I felt good because I did not have time to feel any pressure,” Flores said.  “It is great to have all this support from so many people on the beach. I haven’t got through many heats in the past in France so when it happens people are definitely pushing and it is a pleasure. All this support makes me want to win even more and that is why when I lose I am even more frustrated.”

Portugal’s Tiago Pires won a tough heat over Timmy Reyes (USA) to advance to the next round of the Quiksilver Pro. With the exception of a 3rd in Indonesia, Pires has been unluckily eliminated from several close heats this year and has a scoreline riddled with 33rds and 17ths to show for it. He went all out on a wave at the end of his Round 2 duel and earned a 9.00 to advance.

“I’ve had some really tight heats so it feels good to make it through this one,” Pires said. “That wave I earned a 9.00 for was full anger,” Pires said. “I hadn’t caught any good waves and I didn’t want to lose that heat so I just put all my energy into those turns and it paid off.

The fourth and final European to surf in the Quiksilver Pro today, Miky Picon (FRA), was eliminated by Brazil’s Heitor Alves. Alves earned 15.17 points to Picon’s 4.77.

“I had a tough heat yesterday where I could not get any waves so I went out really motivated to surf well,” Alves said. “I was more focused today; I found the rhythm and managed to get an 8.00 then a 6.00 so I am pretty happy to win like that.”

Alves is currently rated 29th on the ASP World Tour and is looking to put in a performance similar to his semifinal showing in California last week. The top 27 guys on the ASP World Tour requalify for the tour the following year – the top 15 guys on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and three wildcards replace the bottom 18 surfers at year’s end.

“I am definitely chasing a big result here in France and I will be more and more focused and prepared because any heat will be important for me. I hope I can requalify without having to surf the last WQS events.”

Californian’s Bobby Martinez and Chris Ward won their Round 2 heats, as did Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia and Florida’s Damien Hobgood. Australians advancing today included Kai Otton, Mick Campbell and Luke Stedman.

The next call on competition status will be made tomorrow at 8:30am.

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Today’s Round 2 Quiksilver Pro France Results:

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.50 def. Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 11.90

Heat 6: Jihad Khodr (BRA) 9.93 def. Andy Irons (HAW) n/s

Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.5 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.83

Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.17 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 7.10

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.26 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 11.34

Heat 10: Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.66 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 2.10

Heat 11: Luke Stedman (AUS) 15.43 def. Ben Bourgeois (USA) 14.84

Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 10.23

Heat 13: Chris Ward (USA) 12.43 def.  Royden Bryson (ZAF) 10.93

Heat 14: Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.50 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 14.84

Heat 15: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.67 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.17

Heat 16: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.17 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 4.77