aussies fly flag at reef pro


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

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Matt Banting put John John Florence out of the draw. Pic ASP

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Mitch Coleborn survived a close heat with Filipe Toledo and Gavin Gilette. Pic ASP

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Mick Fanning happy to be through. Pic ASP

Grant Sproule
Grant Sproule

Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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