The 50th Anniversary Rip Curl Pro returned today to the famous Bells Bowl with a solid swell pulsing.
Yesterday’s Winki tubes were replaced with some head high offshore walls at the main venue this morning. Round 3 of the men’s competition hit the bowl at 7:30 am sharp.
Joel Parkinson was the early standout of the round, easily taking out a semi-injured Jeremy Flores with ease. Joel managed to rack up 18.13 points, as the Frenchman struggled to break double digits for his two wave total.
As the day wore on the swell deteriorated, along with the conditions, as the wind swung side-onshore, eventually halting the men’s competition at the end of the round.
Honestly, round 3 was about as predictable as James Bond getting laid in a James Bond movie. The top seeds beat the not top seeds. In fact, Joel Parkinson and Tiago Pires were the only two black jerseys to advance today in 12 heats. On to round 4! Tomorrow maybe!
The women then took to the water for their round 3 bouts in lumpy conditions. Results below.
Hopefully the winds will improve for the morning call. 7 am aussie time, which is 2 pm califoria time.
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.33 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.76 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.67
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.13 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.16
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.16 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.27
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.26 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.50
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 11.34 def. Stu Kennedy (AUS) 9.30
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.27 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.66
Heat 8: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.54 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.33
Heat 9: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.17 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.70
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.67 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.16
Heat 11: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.73
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.77
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Chris Davidson (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Jadson Andre (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS)
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.00, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.33, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 5.77
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.84, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.33, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 6.54
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.57, Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.76, Pauline Ado (FRA) 9.56
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) 10.83, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 9.47, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.77