- 10 May 2013 | Surfing
The top seeds have advanced through to Round 3 of the Billabong Rio Pro 2013, surfed in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves, at Barra da Tijuca.
Kelly Slater, 41, returned to Rio de Janeiro, after a 2012 absence due to a foot injury. The iconic natural-footer was completely dominant in his Round 1 clash.
"Based on the years prior, I thought last year was going to be turns and maneuvers and there were a lot of barrels. I had stitches in my heel last season and could probably have attended if it was just barrels, but I couldn’t really do turns with the stitches in my heel. Lesson learned and I’m here this year", reveals Slater.
"Most of the waves this morning have been closeouts, but I figured at some point today it’s going to get good. There were some unbelievable barrels down the beach".
Joel Parkinson, Adriano de Souza, Jordy Smith and Gabriel Medina have also won their Round 1 heats. Medina posted the day’s highest heat-total, 18.00 out of a possible 20. Following an injury at the opening event of the season on the Gold Coast and a less-than-successful run at Bells Beach, he appears fit and focused at home in Brazil.
"After Bells Beach, I came home and worked with lots of doctors and rested for this event. It’s home in Brazil for me and I want to do well in front of my family and friends. I’m feeling pretty good – getting stronger every day", says the young Brazilian gun.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, current ASP WCT No. 7, long-heralded as one of the premiere surfers on the planet, has been in blistering form in 2013 and opened up his Billabong Rio Pro campaign with an impressive 16.94 out of a possible 20 showing today to advance directly into Round 3.
Rounding out today’s action was a stellar showing from the 2013 rookie class with Sebastian Zietz, Glenn Hall and Nat Young, 21, all posting Round 1 wins.
When competition resumes, up first will be Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, and Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) in the opening heat Round 2 of the Billabong Rio Pro.
Billabong Rio Pro Round 1:
Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.50, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.27, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 1.40
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.07, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 7.56, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 1.83
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.66, Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 8.93, Taj Burrow (AUS) 8.67
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.20, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.27, Jack Freestone (AUS) 7.96
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.34, Messias Felix (BRA) 9.83, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 2.47
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.30, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 4.63, Gustavo Fernandes (BRA) 1.46
Heat 7: Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.46, Travis Logie (ZAF) 10.00, Julian Wilson (AUS) 1.46
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.00, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.26, Damien Hobgood (USA) 4.04
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 11.46, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.74, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.37
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.94, Adam Melling (AUS) 12.44, Kai Otton (AUS) 5.53
Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.27, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.77, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.27
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.43, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.56, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.43