10-12-2011 - Surfen, Nieuws

Kwart finales bekend van de Billabong Pipe Masters

Zoals we gisteren nog meldde was Pipeline ook vandaag weer super. Met golven van rond de 3 a 4 meter werden de deelnemers wederom flink op de proef gesteld. Net zoals gisteren was de meest opmerkelijke surfer John John Florence. Hij wist een bijna perfecte heat te surfen met een score van 19.10 (van de 20) en scoorde ook nog eens zijn tweede 10 van het evenement.

“That 10 was just a perfect double-up, I just held my line and it was sick,” vldus John John Florence. “The waves keep coming in and they’re so perfect. It’s so fun being out there with three guys and I want to go on every wave.”

Hij wist in zijn heat ook nog eens Kelly Slater en C.J. Hobgood te verslaan en plaatste zich dan ook gelijk in de kwart finales.

“I was so nervous going in to that heat because C.J. (Hobgood) and Kelly (Slater) are so gnarly,” vertelt John John Florence. “I’ve looked up to those guys and it’s fun surfing against them. I think it’s the second time I’ve surfed against Kelly and it’s the first time I’ve beaten him. This is definitely a dream surfing my home break with three guys out and beating Kelly, I’m so stoked.”

Kelly Slater moest het hierna opnemen tegen local Marcus Hickman en wist met een lage score alsnog te winnen.

“I just didn’t get in sync in those in those first couple of heats,” legt Kelly Slater uit. “In the first one I was really off. John John was in sync in that next one and being in the right position here is only a matter of a few feet. You’re either in the right spot or not and when it’s a guy’s heat it’s his heat. I got breathed off on the first wave I took in that last heat and Kalani (Chapman) got a good one and I got cleaned up. I was thinking ‘This probably isn’t a good way to start a heat.’ I was patient after that. I got that first one and the second was just a better wave. That one was nice and open.”

Kelly Slater is dan ook lang geen vreemde voor de Pipe Masters, want hij wist het evenement al meerdere malen op zijn naam te zetten.

“I love this event,” aldus Kelly Slater. “Ask everyone on tour and they’ll probably say it’s their favorite. You get the chance to surf Pipe with a few guys out and have your pick. All young surfers look at it and dream about it. I had a picture on my wall of Pipeline and I thought I’ll never catch a wave like that, so to surf it with one guy with priority, it’s awesome.”

Met zijn winst wist Kelly Slater zich alsnog te plaatsen voor de kwart finale waar hij het zal opnemen tegen niemand anders dan John John Florence.

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Billabong Pipe Masters Round 3 Resultaten:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.34 def. Aamion Goodwin (HAW) 5.03
Heat 2: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 10.27 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.83
Heat 3: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 6.46 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4.10
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.40 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.83
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) 19.10 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.40
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 9.50 def. Marcus Hickman (HAW) 3.56
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.77 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 2.27
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 6.40 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 5.90
Heat 9: Evan Valiere (HAW) 16.14 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67
Heat 10: Shane Dorian (HAW) 11.24 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 5.66
Heat 11: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 18.73 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.60
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) 8.93 def. Ian Walsh (HAW) 5.36

Billabong Pipe Masters Non-Elimination Round 4 Resultaten:
Heat 1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 13.92, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.06, Kalani Chapman (HAW) 12.00
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 17.67, Kelly Slater (USA) 8.50, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5.43
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.10, Evan Valiere (HAW) 10.84, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.17
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.66, Shane Dorian (HAW) 11.87, Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.83

Billabong Pipe Masters Round 5 Resultaten:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.74
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.80 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 14.33
Heat 3: Evan Valiere (HAW) 16.03 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.87
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.23 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 2.30

Billabong Pipe Masters kwart finale heats:
Heat 1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Evan Valiere (HAW)
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)