- 12 May 2014 | Surfing
Adriano de Souza is the only Brazilian left in the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro, as competition moves to the quarterfinals, at Barra da Tijuca.
The first heat of the day featured a barrel shootout between 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.
The Brazilian 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.
"I'm baffled. That was a nice little birthday present. I got two good waves and I pulled the rabbit out of the hat at the end of the heat. I don't know how I did that, I'm speechless," says Logie.
Thumping barrels at Barra Da Tijuca saw Australian powerhouse Bede Durbidge deliver today's top performance. First he faced prodigious Brazilian Filipe Toledo in Round 3, and later his success continued against Americans Kolohe Andino and Kelly Slater.
"Preparation is key for me. I love getting fired up before the heats and surfing with lots of aggression so I just need to keep that going. I feel right at home here because I grew up surfing conditions like this," adds Durbidge.
Jordy Smith is one step closer to defending his title after eliminating Brazilian Jadson Andre in Round 3, as well as Joel Parkinson and Sebastian Zietz, in Round 4.
"These days you have to pull everything out from the get go. Jadson is an incredible surfer and really had the crowd behind him. It played on my mind a bit but got me fired up to do better. I'm feeling more confident than ever," concludes Smith.
Billabong Rio Pro Round 5 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zeitz (HAW)