16 Photos: Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Day 4

posted by / Photos / April 1, 2013

All photos: Stu Gibson

Remember when Jamie O'brien would criticize Josh Kerr's non-aerial game? Haven't heard that in a while.

Remember when Jamie O'brien would criticize Josh Kerr's non-aerial game? Haven't heard that in a while.

Typically this would be a prequel to another routine Slater heat win. Not this time.

Typically this would be a prequel to another routine Slater heat win. Not this time.

William Cardosso, aka the Gentle Panda, proved that turns trump tubes when it comes to surfing Bells.

William Cardosso, aka the Gentle Panda, proved that turns trump tubes when it comes to surfing Bells.

Kelly checking a turn before tube ride number two.

Kelly checking a turn before tube ride number two.

Would you know this man if you saw him in public? You should now. He's in the quarter finals.

Would you know this man if you saw him in public? You should now. He's in the quarter finals.

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.

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.

"What you guys don't like barrels?" Parko pleads his case.

"What you guys don't like barrels?" Parko pleads his case.

The MP grandstand packed all day.

The MP grandstand packed all day.

Even after implementing priority in 3-man heats this year, Adriano Desouza can still find a way to hassle fellow competitors.

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.

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.

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.

Carissa carried by her father and boyfriend.

Carissa carried by her father and boyfriend.

At age 20, she finally gets to ring the Bell!

At age 20, she finally gets to ring the Bell!

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.

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.

Jordy Smith is the standout surfer of this event by a solid margin. Anything but 1st will be a disappointment.

Here's to a final day like this!

Here's to a final day like this!


 

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  • Fernando

    what a prejudiced photo description guys!!!! come on? Kelly did the same thing as Adriano in that final at Kirra. This are THE RULES, not hassle.

  • SCESAaron

    Unreal that there is not one photo of tour rookie Nat the USA runner up. Get with it editor.

  • crackerasscracker

    Yeah, that wasn’t hassling. It was sort of dickish, but tactically solid. And you guys wouldn’t call it “hassling” if Slater did it. (Which he did, @ Snapper). I’m not a huge ADS fan, but the kid deserved that victory, fair and square. He is one of the few Brazilians to come from genuinely disadvantaged circumstances, and we should support athletes like him. Unfortunately, the anti-Brazil bias is still pretty thick in most corners of the surf world–except for the ASP judging, ironically, because it is their job precludes racism. The bastion of white privilege is dying, boys. Slowly but surely. And as with all deaths, there will be some spasms, some kicking and screaming. But it doesn’t matter. It’s happening. Sorry, guys. It’s getting brown in here. (And I don’t mean Hawaiian). Deal with it.

  • dave

    why have so many people turned surfing into such an over competetive and mass capitalistic thing? it seems like so many people are so star struck and will worship people like gods. hilarious little minds.

  • stefano

    well said dave

  • Carlo

    Because Dave, money is required to put on the contests & to incentivize the top surfers with prize money. Where did you go to school? I mean, I’m not College edumacated but dirrrrrrr.