Tense finals set at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015

April 7, 2015 | Surfing
Josh Kerr: doing great things at Bells Beach | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson are out of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015. The quarterfinalists have been decided.

In the clash of the event, with less than five minutes remaining, the 2014 ASP World Tour champion rode a smaller inside wave without priority, rapped three turns to land a 7.17 and the win over Slater.

"That was pretty close. It was a tough heat against Kelly, I knew it was going to be hard. I'm stoked to be in the quarters; it's a tough event, and I'm looking for a solid result here," said Gabriel Medina, who won six out of 11 heats against the Floridian.

Despite waiting for the 20-minute mark to catch his first wave, Josh Kerr took the heat win after the siren in difficult wave conditions.

"A good one came right before our heat started, so I just sat there waiting for one of them. Then it completely changed, the wind came up, and it was really tough," explained Kerr.

Mick Fanning secured a spot in the quarterfinals for the tenth consecutive year. The Australian only controlled Jadson Andre's hopes in the second half of the heat.

"It's really tough out there, and I was really anxious; I was losing my mind. I got lucky with that 7-point-ride, it opened up for me with two sections. The ocean is a tricky beast, but she's gorgeous," concluded Fanning.

Nat Young defeated Jeremy Flores, and he is the last quarterfinalist of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015 | Round 5 Results

Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.53
Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.40 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.17
Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.27 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.60
Nat Young (USA) 14.66 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 5.93

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015 | Quarterfinal Match-ups

Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Nat Young (AUS)

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