Quiksilver Pro (May 26 – June 7) www.quiksilver.com & www.aspworldtour.comAssociation of Surfing Professionals (ASP)2002 World Championship Tour (WCT)
Tavarua & Namotu Islands, Fiji (Tuesday, May 28) Current ratings #5 JoelParkinson (Aus) today posted the Quiksilver Pro’s highest combined scores.The US$250,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) returned to ‘Cloudbreak’for the completion of round two this morning, before six heats of the thirdround were then decided.
Perfect 6ft (2m) conditions persisted all day, though competition did go onhold between rounds due to inconsistent set waves. The lower tide createdepic barrels, however, and led to more amazing rides with competitors backin the lineup.
Parkinson, 21, dominated his match against South African Greg Emslie toamass the best three-wave total of the event for 25.45-points. In his tallya near-perfect 9.7 after emerging from two exceptional barrels on one ride.While his opponent had eliminated New Zealand’s Maz Quinn this morning,Emslie ultimately required a combination of scores worth 15.46-pointsagainst the Australian.
“It was one of those waves you never think you’re going to make from thestart,” explained Parkinson. “Then I made it part of the way and thought Iwas doing well, kept going and realized I had a chance to make it (laughs).When I came out of the second tube I gave myself a 10! I’m stoked with a 9.7though, it’s probably the highest score I’ve had since I’ve been on tour.
“I didn’t go and watch ‘Restaurants’ yesterday, I spent about six or sevenhours in the water here,” he continued, of surfing ‘Cloudbreak’. “Justtrying to get to know the wave and really picking the good ones, like thatone today.”
Ratings #6 Kalani Robb (Haw) eliminated former world #2 MichaelCampbell (Aus) in what proved the day’s most exciting clash. The pair caughtgreat waves early on, before ‘Cambo’ took the lead following a brilliant 9.4tube ride. The Hawaiian then used priority to regain poll position with a7.75 score, and his Australian counterpart was unable to find the next wavehe required.
“It definitely was a really good heat,” acknowledged Robb. “The lead changeda couple of times. We actually almost didn’t have the third round becausethe conditions were looking marginal, but then they started coming in and itwas perfect for big barrels and big maneuvers. Mick and I both got somereally good ones, so I’m stoked.
“Since Tahiti I’m used to it,” he continued, of having opponents score greatrides toward the end of his clashes. “It’s been happening all year, so I’mused to guys throwing nines at me (laughs). It pushes me to surf better, andI know if I make it I must have done something right.”
Reigning world champion CJ Hobgood (USA) dominated his match against LukeHitchings (Aus). The Floridian caught plenty of waves, and ultimately thosethat counted most, including a 9.0 for one tube.
“This one good set came and Luke was a little too far up the point,”explained Hobgood. “It ended up being a really good wave, and after thatnothing seemed to come.
“I’m stoked I didn’t peak and have a crazy heat when Luke was kind of havingan average one,” he continued. “Everyone you go up against now on has won acouple heats, so they have their momentum up too.”
Peterson Rosa (Brz) survived a tough match against 2001 World QualifyingSeries (WQS) winner Mick Fanning (Aus). While the Australian had earlieraccounted for Fabio Gouveia (Brz) with the second highest total of the day(24.0), he made a crucial error by allowing his second Brazil opponent ofthe day to catch a good wave, and then missed the better one behind it. Rosacapitalized on the mistake, having had a slow start to the heat himself.
“I had a couple of wipeouts at the start,” explained Rosa. “Then I got an8.3 and began my heat. In the end he left a nice one go by and I knew I onlyneeded five points, so I was nervous, but I got a 6.2 and made it. I did myjob.”
World #5 Jake Paterson (Aus) created some momentum today, ousting SouthAfrica’s Paul Canning and then fellow Australian Richard Lovett in roundthree. After the initial nerves of round two, the West Australian surfedconfidently against his good mate and will now face Hobgood in the fourth.
“I had a pretty good heat this morning and was pretty nervous, but coming upagainst your friend there were no nerves at all,” explained Paterson. “I hada great time and the waves were pumping. We played ‘rock, paper, scissors’for the first priority and I won, and then I ended up having a better startthan him and got into a rhythm. I had a dream heat.
“It’s good to get out of that 17th place round, not to mention that 33rdround,” he joked. “I haven’t been doing very well lately, so hopefully I’llget a result here.”
Current ratings #8 Shea Lopez (USA) ended Russell Winter’s (GB) tournamenthopes. The ‘British Bulldog’ eliminated Nathan Webster (Aus) with great lastride earlier in the day, but after the Floridian posted a 9.0 in theirmatch, he was unable to repeat the result.
“I got the one good barrel,” said Lopez. “My other waves weren’t reallykeepers, but I guess they worked today. It was pretty nice to have just oneother guy out there. Hopefully it keeps pumping like it’s supposed to.”
Paulo Moura kept the Brazilian flag alive by defeating Australian LeeWinkler this morning. Including Rosa, they are the only South Americans leftin this year’s tournament. He’ll now face defending Quiksilver Pro championLuke Egan (Aus) in round three.
“It was a really hard heat with Lee,” acknowledged Moura. “He’s a greatsurfer, and I knew he would be able to do some good maneuvers on hisbackside out there. I tried to look for the double up waves, which I found,and got a couple of inside barrels for two good scores.
“I’m going to work harder to go further in this competition for theBrazilians,” he continued. “Especially for Neco and Flavio (Padaratz), andGuilherme Herdy, who weren’t able to come due to injuries. It always feelslike it’s the Brazilians against the rest of the world, so that’s why we areso close and support each other.”
Australians Beau Emerton and WCT newcomer Dean Morrison also collected winsin round two this morning, accounting for Brazilians Renan Rocha and formerworld #3 Victor Ribas. They will now face fellow Aussies Trent Munro andDanny Wills, respectively, when round three re-commences.
Official results of the Quiksilver Pro Fiji
- Round Three (losers finish =17th; receive US$4,000)
- H1: Peterson Rosa (Brz) 21.1 def. Mick Fanning (Aus) 18.25
- H2: Kalani Robb (Haw) 23.0 def. Michael Campbell (Aus) 22.4
- H3: Jake Paterson (Aus) 22.8 def. Richard Lovett (Aus) 15.0
- H4: CJ Hobgood (USA) 21.5 def. Luke Hitchings (Aus) 15.75
- H5: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 25.45 def. Greg Emslie (SAfr) 12.75
- H6: Shea Lopez (USA) 18.35 def. Russell Winter (GB) 14.75
Round Two (losers finish =33rd; receive US$3,000)
- H10: Beau Emerton (Aus) 18.25 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 14.75
- H11: Dean Morrison (Aus) 18.0 def. Victor Ribas (Brz) 15.0
- H12: Paulo Moura (Brz) 18.25 def. Lee Winkler (Aus) 13.65
- H13: Greg Emslie (SAfr) 19.75 def. Maz Quinn (NZ) 10.4
- H14: Jake Paterson (Aus) 20.4 def. Paul Canning (SAfr) 17.85
- H15: Russell Winter (GB) 20.1 def. Nathan Webster (Aus) 15.75
- H16: Mick Fanning (Aus) 24.0 def. Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 19.15
Upcoming Round Three Heats
- H7: Taj Burrow (Aus) vs. Shane Powell (Aus)
- H8: Andy Irons (Haw) vs. Troy Brooks (Aus)
- H9: Mark Occhilupo (Aus) vs. Todd Prestage (Aus)
- H10: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Michael Lowe (Aus)
- H11: Luke Egan (Aus) vs. Paulo Moura (Brz)
- H12: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
- H13: Cory Lopez (USA) vs. Darren O’Rafferty (Aus)
- H14: Trent Munro (Aus) vs. Dean Morrison (Aus)
- H15: Daniel Wills (Aus) vs. Beau Emerton (Aus)
- H16: Sunny Garcia (Haw) vs. Shane Dorian (Haw)
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