Billabong Pipeline Masters: Day 2

posted by / News, Photos / December 10, 2013

A whole pot of liquid assets. Photo: Brent Bielmann

A whole pot of liquid assets. Photo: Brent Bielmann

John John's magic. Photo: Brent Bielmann

John John's magic. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Kelly Slater set out for his Round 3 heat soon after this photo was snapped. On his walk, he received a kiss on the cheek from Mick Fanning's mother. Take that, mind games. Photo: Sherman

Kelly Slater set out for his Round 3 heat soon after this photo was snapped. On his walk down the beach, he received a kiss on the cheek from Mick Fanning's mother. Take that, mind games. Photo: Sherman

Why grab rail? Kelly has no answer to that question. Photo: Taras

Why grab rail? Kelly has no answer to that question. Photo: Taras

Nat Young stood out and stood tall today. Photo: Taras

Nat Young stood out and stood tall today. Photo: Taras

Julian Wilson and the road ahead. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Julian Wilson and the road ahead. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Admire it, but don't kiss it goodbye. Miguel Pupo is officially re-qualified for the 2014 world tour. Photo: Taras

Admire it, but don't kiss it goodbye. Miguel Pupo officially re-qualified for the 2014 world tour. Photo: Taras

Miguel Pupo, in the honey hole. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Miguel Pupo, in the honey hole. Photo: Brent Bielmann

"Actually, could we get those kegs on Saturday now? Sweet, thanks mate." Mick Fanning. Photo: Sherman

"Actually, could we get those kegs on Saturday now? Sweet, thanks mate." Mick Fanning. Photo: Sherman

Backdoor is for lovers, and Mick Fanning plays with heart. Photo: Taras

Backdoor is for lovers, and Mick Fanning plays with heart. Photo: Taras

Prince of Pipe, John John Florence. Photo: Taras

Prince of Pipe, John John Florence. Photo: Taras

Fallen soldier Bede Durbridge. To add loss to injury, Nat Young stole the heat while Bede dealt with his ruptured ear drum on the beach. Photo: Taras

Fallen soldier Bede Durbridge. To add loss to injury, Nat Young stole the heat while Bede dealt with his ruptured ear drum on the beach. Photo: Taras


 
The world title could have been decided today. If Kelly Slater had lost, Mick Fanning would be giggle-drunk off champagne right about now. But he is Kelly Slater, and so he did not lose. He shooed Mitch Crews in Round 3 and won his no-losers heat against Miguel Pupo and Sebastian Zietz. He still needs to win the contest in order to win the title, but the dream stays alive for the old King. On the other side of town, Mick defeated Kaimana Jaquias in Round 3 but lost to John John Florence in the all-winners round. The title will still be all Mick’s if his warpath takes him to the Semis. In order to do that, Mick would have to beat CJ Hobgood in Round 5 and Yadin Nicol in the Quarters — certainly no chumps. It is alleged that the waves will be massive on Saturday, so now you have something to look forward to. You’re welcome.

Other highlights:

Bede Durbridge dropped a 9.40 in his Round 3 heat with Nat Young. Then, with just under ten minutes left, he ruptured his eardrum on a Backdoor doggy-door gone awry. Nat was left out the back, searching for a score with nobody to contest him for it. He found it — what a closer.

John John Florence and Gabriel Medina surfed against each other. Two faces of the future, together, at Pipe. Gabe built a house called momentum and put JJF on the ropes. A loss to a rival on his home court? Nah. With a few minutes left, and a big score necessary, John negotiated a Backdoor runner for a 9.83 points. Maybe Rio, Gabe.

Miguel Pupo is officially re-qualified for the 2014 WCT. Cue the Will Smith song.

Yadin Nicol got a 10. After a steep drop at Pipe, Yadin nearly got bucked off twice by zits on the face, but he held it together and got spat out. It was the second perfect score of the event, but we’ve got a hunch there’ll be more come Saturday.

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  • Ben

    If Mick makes it through CJ, then the title is his. Yadin is way to starstruck by the big guns and makes terrible choices in heats. What a shame, Mick is rewarded for an interference with JJF’s removal from his draw!

  • Kaipo Gomes

    Holy shit! Hold the phone. Did anyone notice the biggest news of all here? Pete Taras went to the North Shore himself and shot photos. How did he do that? Meds? What happened to the travel phobia? Good photos but I guess Source Interlink has tightened the screws with all employees if they made Taras leave the Orange curtain.

  • chaser

    What about the nip slip caught on camera?

  • ItsOnlyAParkinglotWang

    Stoked to see Pete Taras all up in it on the Rock, fecker is one of the best surf photo-journalists in the biz and one hell of a game changing magazine photo ed. Go get ‘em Petey Gunns ;-}