All photos: Stu Gibson
Remember when Jamie O'brien would criticize Josh Kerr's non-aerial game? Haven't heard that in a while.
William Cardosso, aka the Gentle Panda, proved that turns trump tubes when it comes to surfing Bells.
A 19.10 heat total will normally win you a heat. Unfortunately for Parko, Raoni Montiero surfed the heat of his life and took down the current world champ.
Even after implementing priority in 3-man heats this year, Adriano Desouza can still find a way to hassle fellow competitors.
Kolohe Andino surfed well again but was overmatched by Adriano's speedy aggression on the Bells bowl.
It'd be interesting to compare Carissa Moore's turns with some guys on tour. We'll just say, most guys would be worried surfing a heat against her here.
Josh Kerr's priority slip-up cost him when Nat Young hustled into a long, Rincon right with :30 left, and blasted it to the tune of an 8.5.
Jordy Smith is the standout surfer of this event by a solid margin. Anything but 1st will be a disappointment.