Matt Wilkinson: enjoying lefthanders at Steamer Lane

Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and even Mick Fanning will decide the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour title in the last stage to be held in Pipeline, Hawaii.


Parkinson has advanced to the Quarterfinals of the O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012, at Steamer Lane, while Kelly Slater is forced to surf a Round 5 heat. The Australian beated Alejo Muniz and Raoni Monteiro in Round 4.

"It was really slow at the start and I didn't get a wave for about 11 minutes," Parkinson said. "That 9.5 was a good wave. I waited. I figured I wasn't going to waste my time on small waves. I'd rather lose than see someone get the wave that I wanted".

"That heat was really important," Parkinson said. "I'm dropping a 9th and replacing it with a 5th or better now. Tomorrow's a new day and there's still a lot of work to do. It's great to have the title come down to Pipe. It's the best thing to be in it for Pipe and it's good for surfing."

Jeremy Flores was another natural-footer to find success in today's challenging conditions. Like Parkinson, the Frenchman also started strong with a powerful forehand attack on his opening wave, notching an excellent 9.37 for the ride to hold off Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez and Kelly Slater, to earn his Quarterfinals berth.

"That first wave was perfect," Flores said. "It was the best wave I've had so far and I feel better. It's funny, I changed my wax and I actually felt better. It feels good to actually put a heat together. Wave choice out here is important"

Taj Burrow looked sharp in his Round 4 bout. Burrow combined an array of turns and airs to advance directly to the Quarterfinals over high-flying Brazilian Gabriel Medina and dangerous goofy-footer Travis Logie.

"I'm having fun," Burrow said. "The conditions aren't great, they're a little bit slow, but I actually connected quite a few good waves in that heat, so I was pretty lucky. Even on the good ones, they were pretty tricky to ride".

O'Neill Coldwater Classic Round 4 Results:

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.47, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.13, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.67
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.77, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.93, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 7.37
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.87, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.50, Kelly Slater (USA) 13.00
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16.60, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.20, Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.37