• April 16, 2024 11:14 AM

Round 3

Heat 1: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.50 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.00

Round 3 of the Billabong Rio Pro freatured a barrel shootout between current ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina and veteran Travis Logie. Medina wasted little time in establishing a lead, earning an 8.50 for a deep forehand barrel in the opening minute of the heat.

Medina looked poised for victory when he found another forehand tube for a 6.50, but Logie’s patience paid off. With 1:30 remaining on the clock, the South African drove through an incredible forehand barrel, posting a near-perfect 9.50 for a win over the Brazilian favorite.

Travis Logie’s 9.50 Barrel

photo1 (16) “I’m just baffled,” said Logie. “That was a nice little birthday present at the end. I managed to pull a serious rabbit out of the hat. I don’t know how I did that. I just kept relaxed. It’s you against the ocean and there was nothing I could do.”

 Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 12.03 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 7.33 

With competition solidified as the Best of the Barrels, Nat Young took off early in Heat 2, earning midrange scores in the opening five minutes with back-to-back tube rides.

Another quick barrel with a clean cutback finish improved his bottom score to a 5.93 and forced the rookie Mitch Crews to hunt down an excellent score. The Aussie found a couple tight barrels late in the heat but they lacked the depth and polished exits the judges were looking for.

“It’s who’s in the right spot at the right time out there,” said Young, who advances to Round 4.

Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.97 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 7.63 

2011 Billabong Rio Pro Champion Adriano de Souza battled Basque talent Aritz Aranburu next and both regular-footers struggled to find a rhythm in the shifty barrels at Barra Da Tijuca.

De Souza struck first, finding a crucial 7.67 that held the Brazilian in the lead throughout the heat. Aranburu took to the face with just minutes remaining, but his 3.70 for two average turns would not be enough to surpass De Souza.

Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.70 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.50 

Taking a cue from the other red jerseys, Aussie Julian Wilson took off early, finding back-to-back tubes in the opening five minutes. Kolohe Andino, who had yet to surpass Round 3 on Tour this year, found a tight barrel on his backhand to chip away at the lead.

10 minutes later, Andino forced the heat’s first lead change, dropping into a deep barrel, this time on his forehand, stalling to find full cover and exiting cleanly for an excellent 8.43. Wilson fought back with a long tube ride and stomped out a closing floater for a 7.00 but couldn’t find another midrange score to reclaim the lead.

Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.33 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.90

Thumping barrels continued at Barra Da Tijuca as prodigious BrazilianFilipe Toledo and Australian powerhouse Bede Durbidge took to the water. Durbidge took control of the heat, grabbing-rail and sliding through a backhand barrel completed with a hit for a 7.50. Toledo fought back, smashing a 7.23 of his own.

Durbidge took to his forehand next, navigating a throaty right barrel for a stellar 8.83, leaving the sophomore standout in need of an excellent 9.10. Toledo was unable to find the near-perfect ride and the veteran advanced to Round 4.

“It’s tough drawing a Brazilian here and I knew Filipe would be doing his airs, but I’m glad we had swell,” said Durbidge. “There are barrels, it’s a shootout and I’m glad I got the win.”

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.53 def. David Do Carmo (BRA) 10.93

David Do Carmo took to the water looking to even the odds for the Brazilians–one-for-three in the second elimination round–and continue his miracle run against 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater.

The first half of the heat was quiet, both surfers struggling to find clean exists out of uneven barrels. Going into the final 10 minutes, Slater held a slight lead over the wildcard.

Then came the shootout. Using priority, Do Carmo managed to close out a short tube for a 6.33, forcing the first lead change at the six-minute mark. Slater stalked the lineup and found a deeper barrel and cleaner finish for a 6.60. The heat came down to the final wave: Slater and Do Carmo split the peak but Slater was able to use his veteran talent while Do Carmo’s shallow barrel failed to better his situation.

Heat 7: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.10 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 7.36

2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson and Portuguese tiger Tiago Pires took on barreling Barra Da Tijuca next, with Parkinson establishing an early lead compliments of a 5.00. Pires struggled to find a rhythm, logging only two throwaway scores throughout the first 20 minutes of the heat.

The stylish Australian extended his lead when he navigated a throttling backhand barrel, earning an excellent 8.43. Pires fought back, surviving a late drop into a forehand tube for a 5.90. Pires failed to find another substantial score, confirming Parkinson’s commanding Round 3 victory.

Heat 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.10 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.04

The Hawaiians hit the water with John John Florence taking onSebastian Zietz. Florence started with two quick scores, one keeper on his first wave with a 6.67. Zietz wasted no time to match, sinking into a tight tube for a 7.77.

Seabass improved his standing with a 6.90, coming out of a lengthy barrel finished with a smooth cutback. Florence struggled to find a rhythm in the shifty barrels and found himself needing an 8.00 in the last 10 minutes to avoid elimination. He would make six attempts but would wipeout or be forced to kick out on each wave, accumulating only throwaway scores. Zietz advanced to Round 4, eliminating the 2012 event champion.

“It’s been a tough year and I’ve had some tough draws,” said Zietz. “Jordy (Smith) at Bells wasn’t easy and John John (Florence) out here wasn’t easy either. This is the farthest I’ve made it this year and hopefully I can keep the ball rolling and make Quarters or better.”

Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.83

As barreling conditions continued to ignite the thumping beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca, South African powerhouse Jordy Smith battled Brazilian flyboy Jadson Andre next. Smith struck first, driving through a thick barrel for a 7.60. Andre fought to get on the board, but would log no higher than a high three for more than half of the heat.

A crucial exchanged unfolded with 12 minutes remaining. Andre, who was in need of a midrange 5.00 to overtake the lead, snagged a quick barrel complete with a closeout reentry. Smith quickly answered back on a right, smashing two down-the-line speed turns and finishing with a fins-free snap. The South African’s 8.50 score carried him to a convincing win.

Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.00 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.17

With pulsing surf continuing at the Billabong Rio Pro, Josh Kerr and Alejo Muniz battled for a spot in Round 4. Neither competitor logged a big scores throughout the first half of the match, with Kerr’s midrange 6.17 remaining the heat-high.

Both the Australian and the Brazilian hunted the lineup, but Kerr’s heat total of a 10.00 proved enough for the win.

“It was a grindy heat,” Kerr said in his post-heat interview. “You can’t be everyplace at the same time and it’s really a potluck out there.”

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.73 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.90

With racy barrels on offer, the contestants of Heat 11 had difficulty finding the exit point on most tubes.

After midrange success in the first 10 minutes, Michel Bourez opened it up, scoring an excellent 8.23 for a long tube ride with a clean exit and a smooth cutback. Adrian Buchan improved his early throwaway score but only to midrange level.

Three times in the final minutes, Ace pulled into a barrel but was unable to escape the closeout pits. Bourez holds on to advance.

Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.13 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.43

Heat 12 was another low-scoring affair. Dion Atkinson posted a keeper score on his opening wave against fellow Aussie and World No. 5 Taj Burrow. Unlike most, Atkinson stuck to his guns and worked vertical snaps and carves on the open face for solid midrange scores.

Burrow, however, tried to do more with less. His risky-barrel strategy looked like it was going to be his undoing until the 10-minute mark when he was able to replace an early throwaway with a 7.43 when he dropped into a deep barrel and held on for a clean exit. Atkinson hunted a few tubes of his own, but had little success. After holding the lead for the first two-thirds of the heat, Atkinson went down a midrange score shy of victory.

Round 4

Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 15.34, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.34, Travis Logie (ZAF) 11.93

The three-man non-elimination round began with the lone remaining Brazilian, Adriano de Souza, taking on 2013 Rookie of the Year Nat Youngand veteran Travis Logie.

The passionate South American jumped out to an early lead, posting a pair of 6.67s. Young answered back, posting a 5.17 and 7.17 of his own, while Logie remained quiet.

A crucial exchange unfolded with six minutes remaining: De Souza picked off the first wave of a set, posting a 6.07 for a modest barrel. Young found a backdoor on the following wave, drove deep through the barrel and punctuated the ride with a clean exit for a heat-high 8.17 to take the lead and eventual heat win.

Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.27, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.43, Kelly Slater (USA) 5.30

Bede Durbidge continued to revel in the powerful beachbreak conditions, kicking off his Round 4 campaign with a deep backhand barrel for a near-perfect 9.10. Kolohe Andino got on the board with a solid 7.00 while Kelly Slater was still looking to get on the board 10 minutes in.

Action throughout the second half of the heat slowed, but the Australian backed up his stunning opener with a 6.10, securing a Quarterfinals berth.

Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.53, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.24, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.10

Defending event champion Jordy Smith struck first in Heat 3 against Joel Parkinson and Sebastian Zietz, notching a midrange 6.00. With a strong rip running through the lineup, the Parkinson and Zietz struggled to find the barrels on offer before the South African snagged another 5.53, extending his lead.

Despite the challenging conditions, Zietz battled back, driving through a technical barrel for an excellent 8.17. The Hawaiian continued to hunt the barrel, while Parkinson got on the board with a 7.00 of his own. With both Parkinson and Zietz unable to find backup scores, Smith’s two modest rides secured a Quarterfinals berth.

Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.00, Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.83, Michel Bourez (PYF) 3.20

 

 

With onshore winds strengthening, the barrels began to shut down and Taj Burrow,Josh Kerr and Michel Bourez took to the face to hunt for a spot in the Quarterfinals.

The low-scoring affair was a testament to how trying conditions had become, with Burrow, Kerr and Bourez all struggling to garner even average scores. Burrow’s eventual 9.00 heat total for both a left and a right would prove enough for a Quarterfinals berth.

“It was so difficult, it might have been the hardest heat I’ve ever surfed,” said Burrow. “I was stuck in a rip at the end and it was like river rapids. With the waves I got, I didn’t think I won. I thought, surely the boys did something better than that.”

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Source:- ASP