Owen Wright: backside style

Taj Burrow and Adam Robertson are out of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The shocking early exit of the charismatic Australian surfers was caused by Bobby Martinez and Jordy Smith.

Offshore winds and three-to-five foot (1–1.5 metre) surf at Winkipop were the perfect conditions available for the Round 2 clashes.

Owen Wright, 21, rebounded from a disappointing Round 1 heat yesterday by schooling Brazilian prodigy and Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wildcard Gabriel Medina in their Round 2 clash.

"I knew that he (Gabriel Medina) was dangerous out there," Wright said. "I got a couple of good scores and kept building on them throughout the heat. I had a few nerves in my first round heat and didn't find any form at all, so it felt great to have a good heat. I'm not a rookie anymore, I'm one of the guys in the top few that wants to get higher. It's a challenge, but I'm ready to step up."

The goofy footers struggled to find barrels along Winki’s reef. Wright will face Gabe Kling in Round 3 of competition.

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Kelly Slater: winning form

The 50th Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is on. In the first day of the special anniversary edition surfers enjoyed clean four-to-six foot (1.5-2 metre) waves.

Joel Parkinson was the man of the match. The 30-year-old rider and 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach champion, put in a sensational performance locking in the highest wave score and the highest heat score of the opening day of competition scoring 17.74 to advance directly through to Round 3 of competition.

"I fell off twice on the bowl," Parkinson said. "It was really hard to ride. Then CJ went across to Rincon and got a score, so we followed him over and it worked out for me."

"It's great to get that opening heat win, especially at Bells. You never know what conditions you're going to get in a heat, so to be able to skip round two and maybe get a day off is a huge advantage."

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Simon Anderson: thruster boy

"Thrust" is the new biography of Simon Anderson, the man who invented the famous three-fin Thruster concept. Thirty years after revolutionizing the world of surfing and surfboards, Anderson and Tim Baker publish a book that reveals the details of the revolution.

In over 200 pages, this incredible surf book illustrates why and how Simon Anderson stuck three fins on a surfboard. Photos and additional words by Phil Jarratt, Terry Fitzgerald, Derek Hynd, Andrew Kidman, Hugh McLeod and Reggae Elliss provide 360 º knowledge of the Thruster model.

The surfboard changed forever in October 1980, when Simon Anderson was graduating from Narrabeen. Today, this man still influences the powerful surf industry.

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