Joel Parkinson shines in the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

April 22, 2011 | Surfing

Owen Wright: photogenic

Joel Parkinson has been showing a very solid surf at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, in Australia. The former two-time Rip Curl Pro Bells winner eliminated Frenchman Jeremy Flores punctuating the heat with an excellent wave, scoring 9.2 points.

Despite the deteriorating maritime conditions, the ride is on and Parkinson doesn't want to lose the winning pace. "Bells is a different event," Parkinson said.

"At other events you measure your performance by what someone did earlier in the day, but at Bells the conditions will be so different in two heats time, it'll look like a totally different wave. It's the kind of spot where you only try to better your own performance and don't worry about anyone else's."

Kelly Slater is also through to the next stage after beating Stu Kennedy with a fair score: 11.34 points. "I got some small ones just to get a score on the board," Slater said.

"I thought that there would be some sets later in the heat, but nothing came. It was just one of those heats, I've had a whole lot like that out here, sometimes there are long lulls. I can't do much worse than that and make it through a heat. I like to have my bad heats early and get my good ones later."

The Portuguese "Tiger", Tiago Pires, keeps the good momentum and defeated Damien Hobgood to keep the dream of winning a Dream Tour stage alive.

Following men’s competition today, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach completed the non-elimination Round 3 with Silvana Lima, Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore and Coco Ho, all winning their respective heats and advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.33 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.76 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 10.67
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.13 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.16
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.16 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.27
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.26 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.50
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 11.34 def. Stu Kennedy (AUS) 9.30
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.27 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.66
Heat 8: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.54 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.33
Heat 9: Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.17 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.70
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.67 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.16
Heat 11: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.73
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.77

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