Brazilian Heitor Alves is known for being one of the fittest surfers on the ASP world tour. His abs are so ripped some say they can watch a french fry travel through his belly. Naturally, he’s also pretty limber, which he had to be to pull his stunning rodeo flip during his Round Two match against local favorite Kolohe Andino at the Hurley Pro on Monday.
Alves needed a big score in the waning moments of the heat in order to catch the high-flying Andino. Even as he paddled into his winning wave the situation didn’t look promising, because to most watching, it didn’t look like it would offer much of a chance for him to perform. But Alves proved everyone wrong on his first big move, launching inverted above the lip while spinning heel side into a complete 360 rotation. He then landed back on the wave face going backwards and spun his board around perfectly. The move is called a rodeo flip, and been landed a few times in ASP world tour competition, but never as cleanly as this version. (See first ridden wave of the following video.)
The flip was the only real maneuver Alves was able to squeeze out of the short ride, but it still netted him a score of 9.0, which was more than enough to get past the highly touted rookie from San Clemente.
Of course, there was plenty of other impressive surfing on Monday, especially from the likes of world title contenders Joel Parkinson and John John Florence who survived their losers bracket heats. Alves, Parkinson and Florence will be joining world champion Kelly Slater and former world champion Mick Fanning in Round Three when competition resumes on Wednesday.
Below are some more highlights from Round Two action.