18 Nov aussies fly flag at reef pro
WAIST-high waves and upsets ruled the day on Hawaii’s north shore during the Reef Pro’s round of 64.
Seeds John John Florence, CJ Hopgood, Ray Monterio and Australia’s Bede Durbridge were all bundled out as surfers struggled to post scores in the atypical winter swell at Haleiwa Beach.
But the news was much better for Aussies Mick Fanning, Yadin Nichol, Matt Banting, Dion Atkinson, Cooper Chapman, Wade Carmichael, Adam Melling, Josh Kerr and Mitch Coleburn, who all progressed through to the round of 32.
It’s a great result for Australian surfing, with over a third of the remaining contenders all from Down Under.
For Fanning, this event is the perfect warm-up for up and coming battle with Kelly Slater for the World title at Pipeline next month and he’s enjoying the chance to test out his quiver in Hawaiian waters.
“There’s no better practice than actually surfing in a real heat,” said Fanning.
“I’m just stoked to be back in Hawaii and surfing the good waves. Unfortunately it’s small out there but, yeah, just happy to be back and surfing.
“The whole year I’ve been pretty relaxed about it all. It’s been one of those things where you obviously set out to win a world title at the start of the year but this year I’ve sort of just been trying to improve and do things that are fun and just try and take it as it comes.
“I know where I am in my life and I know what I can and can’t do. I’m just really excited to surf with all the young guys coming through. Competing against those guys and their different styles of surfing really excites me.”
Round of 64
(1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=33rd; 4th=49th)
H1: Nat Young (USA) 12.93pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.86pts ;
Granger Larsen (USA) 11.34pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 6.60pts
H2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.00pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.93pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.73pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 9.20pts
H3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.20pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.10pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.70pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.66pts
H4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 18.26pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.43pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.43pts ; Sean Moody (HAW) 7.27pts
H5: Dale Staples (ZAF) 17.46pts ; Matt Banting (AUS) 15.70pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 10.27pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.30pts
H6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.63pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 15.60pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 15.53pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.48pts
H7: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.50pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.43pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 11.77pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 9.59pts
H8: Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.44pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.77pts ;
Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.16pts ; Conner Coffin (USA) 9.84pts
H9: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.50pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 14.67pts ; David do Carmo (BRA) 13.46pts ; Luke Davis (USA) 11.66pts
H10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.20pts ; Leandro Usuna (ARG) 11.10pts ; Messias Felix (BRA) 10.63pts ; Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.63pts
H11: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.84pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.16pts ;
Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.70pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.40pts
H12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.00pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.67pts ; Wigolly Dantas (BRA) 12.43pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.90pts
H13: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.90pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 16.40pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.23pts ; Ibelli Caio (EUK) 8.69pts
H14 : Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.16pts ; Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.30pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 10.07pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.68pts
H15: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.50pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 14.10pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.17pts ; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 10.37pts
H16: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.77pts ; Ho Mason (HAW) 13.00pts ; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.06pts ; Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.84pts