10-12-2011 - Surfen, Nieuws

Kieren Perrow wint de Billabong Pipe Masters

Vorig jaar wist Kieren Perrow de Billabong Pipe Masters bijna te winnen, maar moest het helaas afleggen tegen Jeremy Flores. Dit jaar was niet minder zwaar voor hem maar hij wist toch de finale te bereiken, en wist daar landgenoot en goede vriend Joel Parkinson te verslaan.

“It took me up until now to get over getting second to Jeremy last year” verteld Kieren Perrow. “It’s so good to get back here. I just felt so comfortable the whole time. I’ve had such a great event anyway and coming in to today, it was just amazing. The waves have been phenomenal. I haven’t surfed Pipe like that in my entire career. This is pretty much the pinnacle for me.”

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De finale moest Kieren Perrow het opnemen tegen Joel Parkinson. Deze kon niet echt in het ritme komen in de finale en moest het al snel afleggen tegen Kieren Perrow.

“It’s a hard one to lose because you’ve only got one guy to beat and you’ve beaten so many, but it’s the hardest one to win,” Aldus Joel Parkinson. “I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Kieren (Perrow). He’s a true Pipe Master and one of the best guys out there and I’m so glad he won.”

De weg naar de finale was alles behalve makkelijk voor Joel Parkinson. Zo moest hij in de halve finale opnemen tegen Kelly Slater, hier wist hij in de laatste minuut een 8.6 te scoren terwijl hij een 8.21 nodig had om te winnen.

“I knew my work was cut out for me,” verklaart Joel Parkinson. “Surfing against Kelly (Slater) is the biggest thing you can do. After he got that 9, I thought, ‘here we go.’ I thought he peaked against John John and he was just at it again. That wave just came to me. It was one of those situations where you forget about everything else, am I in the right position, am I doing anything right. Conditions are not perfect at all, but there are some really good waves.”

Ook Kelly Slater liet gisteren weer zien waarom hij al elf keer de ASP World Title heeft gewonnen. Want in de kwart finale tegen John John Florence wist Kelly Slater met nog 3 minuten op de klok alsnog zijn overwinning te pakken. Met slechts een paar tiende punt verschil.

 “I was just going to try and have some fun because I didn’t want to run and I thought we’d find another day,” aldus Kelly Slater. “I figured I’d try and get in that head space and I’d ride a short board and I actually got a really good left and my board was wrong for it. I thought it was going to cost me the heat. It just came to me in last three-or-four minutes. I’m just trying to hold John John (Florence)at bay because he’s going to rule Pipe for the next 20 years. I just want to get a couple before I’m done. He’s been the man to beat out here. He’s had two 10s and a couple of high 9’s.”

Kelly Slater wist helaas niet te winnen tegen Joel Parkinson en werd in de halve finale uitgeschakeld.

“Joel controlled it from the beginning with a 7 to start,” vertelt Kelly Slater. “He was holding position from there. I got the 5 and we were in the cycle where he had priority besides that one that I got that 9 on. I’m super surprised that he got both of his good scores on the lefts because we’re usually looking at the right on days like today. He was just in sync with it and there’s not much you can do about that.”

Billabong Pipe Masters Finale Resultaten:
1 – Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.17
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.00

Billabong Pipe Masters Semifinals Resultaten:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.23 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 16.83
SF 2: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 4.07

Billabong Pipe Masters Quarterfinals Resultaten:
QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.00 def. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 9.43
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.53 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.70
QF 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.70 def. Evan Valiere (HAW) 3.66
QF 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 17.23 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.26