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Kolohe Andino won with 17.14 combined total in last heat of the day. This was a 9.57. ASP/Kirstin


Adam Melling had the unhappy task of facing an in-form Kelly Slater. ASP/Kirstin


Never mind round two, here's Alejo Muniz. Straight to round three. ASP/Kirstin


Brett Simpson fell to world champ, Mr Parkinson. ASP/Kirstin


Rookies can win at Bells! Like, Filipe Toledo! ASP/Robertson


A recovering (ankle injury!) Gabriel Medina lost out in first heat of the day. ASP/Robertson


Glenn Hall, truly furious on an end section. But, into round two. ASP/Kirstin


A 15.90 total ain't enough to win a heat these days. Just ask Jeremy Flores. ASP/Robertson


Josh Kerr won round one over Dusty Payne and Damo Hobgood. ASP/Kirstin


Julian Wilson scraped a win over Kai Otton and Patty Gudauskas. ASP/Robertson


Kai missed out on skipping round two by 0.21 points. ASP/Robertson


Kelly. Day's highest heat total. 18.03 points. No surprise. ASP/Kirstin


Kieren Perrow slips into round two. ASP/Robertson


Michel Bourez beat Bede Durbidge, but was beaten by Filipe Toledo. ASP/Robertson


Reckon Mick Fanning won? Yeah, Mick Fanning won. ASP/Robertson


Huh. Growing up on a right point does help. Nat Young, won his heat. ASP/Robertson


Joel Parkinson and a heat-winning purse retrieval. ASP/Kirstin


Patty Gudauskas, bounced into round two. ASP/Robertson


Raoni Monteiro beat Matt Wilko and Gabs Medina in first heat of the day. ASP/Robertson


Wilko looked sharp, but will roll the round two dice. ASP/Robertson


Sea Bass, sent to round two by Mr Fanning. ASP/Robertson

Round one of the 2013 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach

Kelly Slater is committed to tour and is surfing like a man who wants a 12th world title. Is there anything more terrifying for the rest of the 34? Today in round one of the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Kelly clocked an 18.07 combined heat total, which included a 9.70 on his last wave of the heat. “I’m committed to the tour this year,” said Kelly. “I think in the past I’ve been of two minds, wanting to compete but also wanting to chase swells around the world, and that’s why I’ve been hesitant to commit before. This year though, I’m committed and focused on the tour. When I stop competing in a few years, I can chase the swells then.”

But while Kelly’s deadly, Joel Parkinson is steady. The current world champ rang the bell in ’04, ’09 and ’11, and looks an awful lot like he’d dig doing it again this year. “Bells is comfortable place for me,” he said after a convincing round one win. “It has so much history and I’ve been surfing the waves, Rincon and the Bowl and Winki, my whole life. I love coming back here to compete and feel very at home. Kelly set the pace at the first stop on the Goldy, but there are a lot of crew right in the mix.”

Julian Wilson scraped past Kai Otton and Patrick Gudauskas today, to scoop his best Bells result to date. “I’m very happy to get through a heat out at Bells,” he said. “I had a bit of success here in my junior career, but lost in round two the last few years. So yeah, I’m into round three and that’s already the best result of my professional career here.”

Currently number five, Jules also made his intentions clear since graduating from sophomore and shaking off the new-to-tour shackles. “A Top 5 finish this year would be great but the World Title is the goal,” Jules said. “I had a pretty good start on the Gold Coast and hopefully I can back it up at Bells and keep the momentum up. The waves are pretty fun and I think today may be the smallest we get it through the window so hopefully we get to finish up in the Bells Bowl.”

While perennial world title chasers Joel, Kelly and Mick all advanced, there was also a push from the younger end of the spectrum. Rookies Nat Young and Filipe Toledo both won their round one heats, as did sophomore Kolohe Andino, with a 17.14 heat total that included a 9.57 for a full-rote exclamation mark. “It’s a weird dynamic on this tour as they’re all your favourite surfers and you want to beat them,” said Kolohe after beating Jordy Smith. “Jordy is one of my favourite surfers and CJ is so deadly. I’m having fun though. I feel like my surfing has improved a lot from last year. Hopefully we get good waves for the rest of the event.”

Tune in tomorrow morning for first heat of round two: Taj Burrow and wildcard Jacob Willcox. Event site here.

Heat 1: 
Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.60, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.33, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.64, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.43, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.83
Heat 3: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.06, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.33, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.16
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.34, Oney Anwar (IDN) 7.60
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.20, Brett Simpson (USA) 10.20, Jack Perry (AUS) 8.87
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.03, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.50, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 10.17
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.33, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.60, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.10
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.06, Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.20, Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.87
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.43, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.90, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.20
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.47, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.67, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.23
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.26, Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.77, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.73
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.14, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.90, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.76

  • Captain Haddock

    Slater looking leagues ahead of the pack. Is he on drugs or something? Someone should ask him.

    • Stab Sucks

      Stab, the best thing you had was free and open commenting, now you ain’t got shit.

      • Mobby Bartinez

        You’re an idiot; it isn’t that difficult to figure out.

  • Michael

    Julian is funny! “I’m into round three and that’s already the best result of my professional career here.” , “… the World Title is the goal.”

  • huss

    I watched that Jordy vid, got really psyched to watch him rip..and got totally underwhelmed once again. tour just mustn’t be the place for this chap

  • dan

    can’t we find some job for joe turpel where i never have to hear his voice again

  • Bobby808

    Did Occy really compare surfing to tennis while talking about ADS’s brief stint at #1 ranking…. Jesus Occ!!!!! Wtffff

  • Rudy

    Go Brazil!

  • Mobby Bartinez

    Okay… what the fuck, I hate Brazilians but how did Kelly’s wave earn him a 9.7 or whatever and Felipe Torpedo get a 8.67 on that one?

    • Rick Cain

      Yeah totally agree.

    • HT

      Wait, are you saying Kelly was overscored? Felipe ripped but it was skatey and the turns inbetween were soft. I would say Kellys wave was almost as good as it couldve been surfed, well linked and a variety of turns

      • Mobby Bartinez

        I am absolutely saying it was over scored. Let’s put it this way, if Kelly had done the same thing that Felipe did, the entire contest would’ve been shitting their pants and his wave score would’ve been a 13.96.

  • Me

    It’s the 30th of April and the chicks are on at clean 4ft bells and the chucks are on but next door only 100 meters away winkipop is 4-5ft super consistent and pumping what the fukput the guys out there.

  • Lupton Pitman

    Beau Foster looks great in that Dragon ad!

  • dgaf

    Occy occy marry me have my children youre the best surfer ever redefining backside surfing

  • wonkah

    Poor old Oney Anwar. 3 months on a poverty boat from bengal, just to get a 7.60..

  • James B

    Is just me, or don´t you guys think Julian Wilson is an absolutely artificial guy? Still a media darling, but looks 100% fake.

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