- 17 November 2013 | Surfing
Mick Fanning and Dane Reynolds have managed to escape defeat during Round of 64 of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, in Haleiwa.
With waist/head-high waves on offer, John John Florence had the shocking exit of the event caused by Dale Staples and Matt Banting. Other top seed casualties included CJ Hobgood, Brett Simpson, Bede Durbidge, and Raoni Monteiro.
World title contender Mick Fanning hit the water drawn against wildcard Dane Reynolds, Conner Coffin and Maxime Huscenot.
"There's no better practice than actually surfing in a real heat, I'm just stoked to be back in Hawaii and surfing the good waves. Unfortunately it's small out there but, yeah, just happy to be back and surfing", says Fanning.
"The whole year I've been pretty relaxed about it all. It's been one of those things where you obviously set out to win a world title at the start of the year but this year I've sort of just been trying to improve and do things that are fun and just try and take it as it comes".
For Reynolds, the experience was enough to make him wonder if he could ever requalify through the 4-man competition scene should he ever want to.
A former elite member of the ASP World Tour and one of the most innovative and original surfers on the planet, he's an occasional and welcome wildcard entrant into a variety of events these days.
"Its pretty tough being a wild card out there, not so much in this event but in the WCTs because you are going up against the top seed first round and its pretty daunting," said Reynolds.
"I was actually thinking out there after the first couple exchanges... I'd get eaten alive on the WQS, because I am so bad at positioning and paddling and that is such an key element in competing in 4-man heats."
Reef Hawaiian Pro | Round of 64
Nat Young (USA) 12.93pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.86pts ;
Granger Larsen (USA) 11.34pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 6.60pts
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.00pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.93pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.73pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 9.20pts
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.20pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.10pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.70pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.66pts
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 18.26pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.43pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.43pts ; Sean Moody (HAW) 7.27pts
Dale Staples (ZAF) 17.46pts ; Matt Banting (AUS) 15.70pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 10.27pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.30pts
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.63pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 15.60pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 15.53pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.48pts
Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.50pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.43pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 11.77pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 9.59pts
Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.44pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.77pts ;
Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.16pts ; Conner Coffin (USA) 9.84pts
Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.50pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 14.67pts ; David do Carmo (BRA) 13.46pts ; Luke Davis (USA) 11.66pts
Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.20pts ; Leandro Usuna (ARG) 11.10pts ; Messias Felix (BRA) 10.63pts ; Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.63pts
Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.84pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.16pts ;
Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.70pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.40pts
Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.00pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.67pts ; Wigolly Dantas (BRA) 12.43pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.90pts
Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.90pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 16.40pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.23pts ; Ibelli Caio (EUK) 8.69pts
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.16pts ; Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.30pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 10.07pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.68pts
Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.50pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 14.10pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.17pts ; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 10.37pts
Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.77pts ; Ho Mason (HAW) 13.00pts ; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.06pts ; Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.84pts