Quiksilver Pro Round Three

posted by / News / March 8, 2006

It was all about the rookies again today in the remaining heats of roundthree of the Quiksilver Pro presented by Samsung.

The event, the first on the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour, was held in onemetre (three foot) waves at Duranbah Beach which sits just over the hillfrom the home base of Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia.

The Quiksilver Pro has played host to numerous upsets so far but none haveturned more heads than Pancho Sullivan’s (HAW) round three heat 13demolition of defending event champion and current world number three, MickFanning (AUS), who, prior to the event was Sullivan’s training partner.

Surfing in conditions that were much better suited to the dynamic surfing ofFanning, Sullivan showed true determination and strength to gain the speedto enable him to pull off some hefty turns which inevitably won him a berthin round four.

“I’m just ecstatic right now”, said Sullivan. “I knew it was going to beareally tough heat as Mick is one of the most dynamic surfers on tour. We’vebeen surfing and training a lot together in the lead up to the tour and Iknew it was going to take my best surfing to beat him. He can win everysingle event.

Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 16.83 def Daniel Wills (AUS) 11.07
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.46 def Toby Martin (AUS) 15.00
Heat 12: Marcelo Nunes (BRA) 12.83 def {{{CJ}}} Hobgood (USA) 12.16
Heat 13: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 15.40 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.74
Heat 14: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.84 def Dean Morrison (AUS) 11.67
Heat 15: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 16.50 def Trent Munro (AUS) 14.34
Heat 16: Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) 14.67 def Cory Lopez (USA) 5.50

I’m just happy that I got this opportunity to push my surfing out there inthe tough conditions you have to be able to do it in anything. I’ve beenlooking at improving my surfing in small waves in the off-season. If I cankeep up the momentum, I’m hopeful I can make a run for the title with theother guys.


Despite his strong show and his solid stance in the face of adversity,Sullivan admitted that for a while there he was wondering if he was up tothe task.

“I started to doubt myself today before the heat because I was thinking ‘Ihave Mick Fanning and he’s so fast’. I had to reassure myself that I couldwin and that I needed to give {{{100}}} per cent and then live with whatever theresult is.”

Taking out last year’s world number six in Trent Munro was the highlyacclaimed Brazilian whiz kid Adriano de Souza.

Looking very adept in the beach break conditions, de Souza was all overeverything that came his way as he executed some massive forehand andbackhand top turns and aerials.

“I am feeling pretty good,” said the pint-sized 19-year-old. “I can feelmyheart rate is up with excitement as the waves are so similar to my home inBrazil.”

De Souza paid tribute to his fellow rookies and as expected was full ofself-pride with his win over such an accomplished opponent.

“Its excellent, all the guys from the World Qualifying Series who gotthrough round three was great,” said de Souza. “Especially Sullivan gettingpast the big names like Mick Fanning and all the guys from the top 10 oflast year’s tour. I am pretty stoked that I’m through and was able to beatTrent Munro, he surfs really well and is one of my favourite surfers.”

Possibly the biggest spectacle of the day was heat 11 of the round where TajBurrow (AUS) left it to the latter stages of the heat to outclass arampaging Toby Martin (AUS).

Burrow opened up early with a whopping 9.63 out of 10 on his first wave, onwhich he pulled out every trick in the book. Large aerials, tail slides,reverse turns, you name it, Burrow completed it.

Coming back from a foot injury Burrow has been training hard prior to theevent and it really showed but when Martin began to dominate the heat upuntil Burrow’s last ride, things looked shaky for the West Australian.

“It was definitely pretty scary out there,” said Burrow. “I scored that9.6on my first wave but then Toby surfed really, really good. In fact it wasthe best I’ve seen him surf in ages. He ripped this one righthander inparticular and I knew I had a challenge ahead of me.”

“I managed to get a few short ones and then scored a left where I did threebig backhand turns and a reverse. I was definitely under the pump as Tobyput the pressure on. I was worried I wouldn’t get the score that I needed toget in front because the ocean went flat and every minute that ticked by themore worried I was. It’s tricky and you have to work hard, but I can’tcomplain.”

Another to upset the Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour top 10 applecart wasMarcelo Nunes (BRA) who like Burrow pulled out everything in his repertoireto beat last years world number 10, 2001 world champion CJ Hobgood.

“The conditions were hard out there but I did well in that heat because Imanaged to find the right waves,” said Nunes. “I did one air on one of thosewaves and got a good score, a 7.5. It’s always hard to compete against CJgiven that he has been a world champ and has spent many years on the tour.I’m just happy to have beaten him.”

After today’s round three completion it is interesting to note that six outof last year’s tour top 10 have been eliminated from the Quiksilver Pro.

Swell forecasts indicate that there will be a peak in the newly arrivingsoutherly swell tomorrow but it will linger until Friday.

Today’s round three results:

Given that scenario it is very likely that both the men’s Quiksilver Pro andwomen’s Roxy Pro events will be completed come Friday afternoon.

Check into www.quiksilver.com or www.aspworldtour.com for all the updates.

Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 16.83 def Daniel Wills (AUS) 11.07
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.46 def Toby Martin (AUS) 15.00
Heat 12: Marcelo Nunes (BRA) 12.83 def CJ Hobgood (USA) 12.16
Heat 13: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 15.40 def Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.74
Heat 14: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.84 def Dean Morrison (AUS) 11.67
Heat 15: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 16.50 def Trent Munro (AUS) 14.34
Heat 16: Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) 14.67 def Cory Lopez (USA) 5.50

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