Surly locals greet the Rip Curl Pro Search on Day One

A fair amount of anticipation has surrounded the kickoff to the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011. Another new venue, a big city, and a surf spot that has it’s share of personality.

Ocean Beach is renowned for angry locals, rip currents, sharks, and big winter peaks.

Day 1 would see all of those, except maybe the big winter peaks. Fun sized peaky surf and clean conditions started the day off before the wind shifted sideshore as the swell increased, making for lots and lots of paddling.

The morning started with Joel Parkinson having what he described as a potential heat winning wave taken from him by a local who refused to clear the lineup in Heat One. Local surfers are generally happy to have the world’s best ripping apart their local beach. Not in Norcal. Locals up North don’t seem to care much for ratings points, heat strategies, or your hipster surf blog. Joel went on to say that at that point he was already having a terrible heat so he wasn’t going to complain to the contest director or anything like that.

Hawaiian Dusty Payne encountered a different kind of local in Heat Four. Dusty picked off an inside wave with 6 minutes left. He stonds stark upright, making to effort to surf the wave. He instead looks back over the shoulder and motions to the churning water behind him. Going straight in, despite still being behind in the heat, he is met by beach commentator Shmoo, where he steps in front of the camera, still visibly shaken.

“I’ve seen plenty of dolphins. That wasn’t a dolphin. Biggest fin I’ve ever seen. Coming right at me.”

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Kelly Slater moved within one heat of clinching his eleventh title by winning his Round One heat today. He will now need to win his Round Three heat to clinch. The champagne is on ice.

Several top seeded aussies fell in the roulette-type conditions at Ocean Beach. Parko, Owen, Mick, Julian, and Kerr all failed to win in Round One. Owen and Joel battled back in Round Two, with the rest yet to surf.

And Dane Reynolds showed up! The Ventura local took a little road trip up North to Frisco for some beers and some duckdives. Dane would finish his first heat one aerial short of victory, and due to deteriorating winds today, he will have to surf the first heat of the day tomorrow. Like most good beer drinkers, Daynolds is typically terrible in early morning heats, so this will be interesting..

Heat 1:
Adam Melling (AUS) 12.50, Taylor Knox (USA) 10.80, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.50
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.60, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.43, Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.00
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.67, John John Florence (HAW) 10.67, Daniel Ross (AUS) 7.00
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.10, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.87, Tom Whitaker (AUS) N/S
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.67, Owen Wright (AUS) 6.10, Dillon Perillo (USA) 4.86
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.03, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.90, Dean Brady (AUS) 9.97
Heat 7: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.10, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.43, Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.33
Heat 8: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.53, Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.23, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.77
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.50, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.10, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.77
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.40, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.33, Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.37
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.10, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.26, Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.10
Heat 12: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.10, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.77, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.30

Heat 1:
Owen Wright (AUS) 11.16 def. Dean Brady (AUS) 8.07
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8.60 def. Dillon Perillo (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.57 def. Taylor Clark (USA) 8.76
Heat 4: Daniel Ross (AUS) 14.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.00

Heat 5:
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Kai Otton (USA)
Heat 10: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 11: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)