Men’s Mid Rounds At 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells

posted by / ASP / April 21, 2014

Taj Burrow and that early morning coat of wax.

Taj Burrow gets a grip on the morning.

Filipe Toledo lost to Adriano de Souza and this is how? Hmm..

Filipe Toledo lost to Adriano de Souza and this is how? Hmm..

Gabriel Medina’s morning mallet.

Gabriel Medina’s morning mallet.

John John Florence parts the skies.

John John Florence parts the skies.

In case you needed a reminder, your job sucks. Here’s the Bells Beach water patrol, a job that doesn’t suck… Maybe you should have worked harder in school?

In case you needed a reminder, your job sucks. Here’s the Bells Beach water patrol, a job that doesn’t suck… Maybe you should have worked harder in school?

If Kelly Slater found a barrel at Bells today, than somebody really ought to be able to find that plane.

If Kelly Slater found a barrel at Bells today, then somebody really ought to be able to find that plane.

Glenn Hall is back. He may or may not be better than ever, but was definitely color coordinating in his narrow loss to Robert Kelly Slater.

Glenn Hall is back. He may or may not be better than ever, but was definitely color coordinating in his narrow loss to Robert Kelly Slater.

Hey Joel hey.

Hey Joel hey.

Is it bad when your victory lap is more impressive than what you did in your actual heat? Owen Wright, maybe.

Is it bad when your victory lap is more impressive than what you did in your actual heat? Owen Wright, maybe.

The view from the competitor’s lounge. Swanky, we know.

The view from the competitor’s lounge. Swanky, we know.

Sebastian Zietz.

Sebastian Zietz.

It only takes two Jordy Smith turns to earn eight points. Impressive numbers, big boy.

It only takes two Jordy Smith turns to earn eight points. Impressive numbers, big boy.

Ashely O, Julian Wilson and Nick Pollet — whom, by the looks of it, really wants a sandwich.

Ashely O, Julian Wilson and Nick Pollet — whom, by the looks of it, really wants a sandwich.

Julian Wilson was on fire in Round 3. Just don’t ask that dude on the cliff.

Julian Wilson was on fire in Round 3. Just don’t ask that dude on the cliff.

Mick Fanning.

Mick Fanning.

Taj Burrow, for the boys.

Taj Burrow, for the boys.

How to get a perfect score, by John John Florence. This is step 1.

How to get a perfect score, by John John Florence. This is step 1.

And of course, step 2.

And of course, step 2.

Step 3. Note Gabriel Medina in the foreground.

Step 3. Note Gabriel Medina in the foreground.

Step 4, give me some more.

Step 4, give me some more.

Step 5. Now we’re alive.

Step 5. Now we’re alive.

Step 6. For the chicks — not you Gabe,

Step 6. For the chicks — not you Gabe.

Step 7… really not much going on here.

Step 7…really not much going on here.

Step 8, in which Kelly Slater joins the party.

Step 8, in which Kelly Slater joins the party.

And step 9, in which Kelly Slater leaves the party.

And step 9, in which Kelly Slater leaves the party.

Voila. Perfect 10. (Just do a layback on the inside to ensure it.)

Voila. Perfect 10. (Just do a layback on the inside to ensure it.)

We’re no lip readers, but we’re pretty sure Kelly Slater is saying that, for what it’s worth, Juwanna Mann wasn’t all that bad of a movie.

We’re no lip readers, but we’re pretty sure Kelly Slater is saying that, for what it’s worth, Juwanna Mann wasn’t all that bad of a movie.

Mick Fanning, a star from dawn to dusk.

Mick Fanning, a star from dawn to dusk.


All Photos: Jimmicane

You may kiss the tide
Tide plays the lead role in the story of Bells Beach — and she put on a Golden Globe worthy performance today. From the opening scene to the credits, she had the crowd oohed and ahhed as they chowed popcorn on the edge of their seats. First, we saw low tide majesty. The Bells Bowl was simply pleasurable, hardly even frayed by a side-offshore breeze. And later, at high tide, we saw the damsel known as Rincon in her prettiest sundress. It was a long day (16 heats) and it was a good day (the best so far)!

Put a ring on it
Everybody wants to give the bell a nice ring — they like it that much. They just gotta get through Round 3 first. That wasn’t much of a task for some…

Adam Melling: We’ll stop comparing him to Mick Fanning now. Melling surfed like a brawny, blue-collared wild animal this morning — powerful and punctuated. He surfed like Adam Melling. We dug it.
Gabriel Medina: Gabe VS Bede, how polarizing is that Round 3 heat? Both guys ripped and the judges were forced to choose a school of surfing. Luckily, Gabriel didn’t give them very much of a choice.
John John Florence: He surfed well…more on him in minute.
Jordy Smith: Jordy is a certified moose — who gets eight totally warranted points for two turns? Jordy does. Four points per turn ain’t a bad ratio, and Jordy Smith ain’t a bad man.
Julian Wilson: The contest went on hold for an hour and a half while the tide came up and Rincon got its shit together. Julian Wilson happened to surf against Miguel Pupo in the first heat at the Con. He assured contest directors that they made the right call, coming .07 points shy of a perfect score at his finest moment. Applause.

Honeymooners
How fun is Round 4? So fun. Like Round 1, it’s a no losers Round. But like Round 3, everyone has already built some momentum. It’s a cocktail of both worlds, served ice-cold with the umbrella of a three-man priority system. These men enjoyed the libation today…

Taj Burrow: Couple turns, couple airs, couple extra gallons in the take for a deep run cause we won’t be seeing TB in the peasant’s Round 5. Extra sprinkles for defeating Adriano, who’s been on one hell of a tear lately.
John John Florence: Oh right, John. So he got a 10 today — the first perfect score of 2014. It came from above, in the form of a full rotation twirl more tweaked than an involuntary participant in Dog The Bounty Hunter. Then he did a layback, mostly for good measure. And he did it in a heat against Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina — how good did that feel?
Joel Parkinson: 16.66 never felt so sleepy…Just kidding, kind of. Parko threw a few mallets today, but it was nothing new from the 2012 champ. Maybe he’s saving all the surprises for the final?
Mick Fanning: Mick has been every morning’s earliest bird, paddling out before the coffee is even brewed. He’s getting paid dividends on this investment — especially if you categorize an eight-point ride as a dividend. Which we do.

Tomorrow…
Barring any catastrophic decline in surf conditions, we’ll see either the men’s or the women’s competition get to an early start at Bells Beach. Bring an extra coffee for Mick. And maybe a couple of twizzlers for John.
—Brendan Buckley

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  • rrrppp

    Plane comment is a little distasteful…