- 19 April 2014 | Surfing
The first round of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014 has been completed, in tricky wave conditions.
Kelly Slater snatched a last-minute victory against Kolohe Andino and wildcard Jacob Willcox. Despite Kolohe's early dominance first with a series of clean forehand carves, Slater managed to answer back with experience.
"I made a few mistakes and I was a little nervous to be honest because I haven't surfed in three days," explains Kelly Slater.
"I was going out there in the dark a little bit because I haven't surfed Bells Beach for a year. I was a bit unprepared and because of that I had some nerves in that heat".
Mick Fanning battled veteran Fred Patacchia and injury replacement Glenn Hall. The Australian's surgical rail-game shone in the open walls at Bells, blending seamless forehand carves to net a pair of 7s.
"We come here every year and know what to expect but we always want to up the level even more," underlines Mick Fanning.
"You know what the waves are going to do, you've just got to be on to it. You've got to plan your body and boards around what the wave is doing."
The Margaret River Pro 2014 winner, Michel Bourez, was looking for another big result when he took on Spanish Aritz Aranburu and Australian veteran Adrian Buchan at the Bells Bowl.
The heated battle saw Bourez fire early with a score of 6.17 but he wasn't able to sustain the lead. It was Aranburu who sealed the deal with a 6.43 in the dying minutes of the Heat and sails through to Round 3.
"At the beginning I was competing too emotionally, catching the wrong waves and not doing the right things. At the end I was lucky enough to have a couple of good scores and win the heat. Being comfortable is a big advantage," adds Aranburu.
Gabriel Medina secured his ticket directly into Round 3 after beating Travis Logie and Miguel Pupo. In a flurry of exchanges between all three competitors it was Logie who put up the first score to beat of 6.17, but it was short lived.
Navigating his way through pumping conditions, the Brazilian was able to secure another mid-range score late in the Heat to take the win.
"It's been a long time since I've been home. I was in Hawaii before Australia so I haven't been home in over two months. It's hard, I've been talking to my family in Brazil and I miss them a lot."
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.77, Nat Young (USA) 14.10, Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.90
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.33, Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.03, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 6.47
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.33, Brett Simpson 5.40
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.16, Fred Patacchia (HAW) 11.83, Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.87
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.87, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.77, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 10.56
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 10.77, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.57, Jacob Wilcox (AUS) 5.00
Heat 7: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.10, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.17, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.80
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.97, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.37
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.17, Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.84
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.10, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.50
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.83, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.77, John John Florence (HAW) 9.26
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.70, Kai Otton (AUS) 8.73, Jadson Andre (BRA) 5.27
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.97 def. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 7.93
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 10.34 def. Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 8.27