First waves ridden at the 2016 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

March 25, 2016 | Surfing
Mick Fanning: fit to win at Bells | Photo: Sloane/WSL

The first day of competition at the 2016 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach had six heats. Davey Cathels and Kanoa Igarashi won their Round 1 clashes.

Cathels opened the event with a surprising performance in the long and perfect Australian right-handers. Igarashi followed with a competent approach in the three-to-five-foot surf.

"The last time I was here was four years ago, and I broke my leg. I have only been here for about four to five days, but I am around really good friends. I feel super comfortable and know exactly which waves I want because I have such good people around me," explained Kanoa.

Mick Fanning posted the highest two-wave total of the day - 16.93 points - and forced Keanu Asing and Mason Ho into a do-or-die repechage round.

"I think on the Gold Coast I was more outward, so in this event, I try to turn it more towards me. I am still feeling free and relaxed and just approaching it a bit different. It's calmer down here at Bells," added Fanning.

Gabriel Medina has also moved through to Round 3. The Brazilian prodigy managed to beat Conner Coffin and Timothee Bisso with a couple of good scores.

"Gold Coast was pretty fast for me because I lost in round three and after that I came straight to Bells. I have been training and want to do well here. It's a hard wave for goofy, but I've been training as hard as I can and want to get a good result," concluded Medina.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2016 | Round 1 Results

Davey Cathels (AUS) 15.20, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.60, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.00
Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.84, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 11.40, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.57
Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.04, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.67, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.46
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.84, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.37, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 10.53
Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.93, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.77, Mason Ho (HAW) 9.76
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.23, Tim Stevenson (AUS) 10.60, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.00

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2016 | Round 1 Match-Ups

Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (HAW)
Nat Young (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Josh Kerr (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Matt Banting (AUS)
John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA)

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