Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, and only eight blogs remain in the fiercest battle since the dawn of Internet. In the Round of 16, we saw some major upsets and some landslide victories.
As if nearly slicing off his heel wasn't bad enough, Joel Parkinson was another victim in Marine Layer Productions powerful run to the top. In one of the more highly anticipated heats of the week, Dane took down Parko 86 percent to 14 percent. Marine Layer Productions will have their work cut out for them now, as they'll now face Anastasia Ashley and her strong Twitter following. Will bikini photos edge out black-and white-folk surf videos? You never know what you're going to get with Dane, but you can bet it will be entertaining.
Pat Guadaskas disappointment from an early round loss at J-Bay was quickly overcome by a stunning victory over Dion Agius. The Three Tree blog probably came into the heat as the underdog, due to Dion having the advantage with nude images of girls on his site, but The Three Tree's didn't back down and rose up victorious over Dion 52 percent to 48 percent.
Lewis Samuel's time may have unofficially come to an end, as Dooma's Rumors narrowly defeated PostSurf in a 52 percent to 48 percent victory. The people have spoken and surf gossip/rumors may be more interesting than harsh realities/borderline career-ending stories on the surf industry. Despite PostSurf going down in the Round of 16, it's still pretty impressive it made it that far—considering the site hasn't had a new post in nearly a year.
The Round of 8 begins today and it's unknown what will unfold in the week to come. Will brotherly love, hot girls in bikinis, pure randomness that somehow includes surfing, or actual straight surfing be the secret to victory? Stay tuned to find out.
Heat 1: Marine Layer Productions v. Anastasia Ashley
Heat 2: Dooma's Rumors v. Surfy Surf
Heat 3: The Three Tree v. Korduroy
Heat 4: Follow The Fish v. Swaylocks
Round 16 Results:
Heat 1: Marine Layer Productions 86% def. Joel Parkinson 14%
Heat 2: Dooma's Rumors 52% def. Post Surf 48%
Heat 3: Anastasia Ashley 55% def. Transworld Surf 45%
Heat 4: Surfy Surf 59% def. Josh Kerr 41%
Heat 5: The Three Tree 52% def. Dion Agius 48%
Heat 6: Follow The Fish 69% def. Young Wise Tails 31%
Heat 7: Korduroy.Tv 51% def. Stab Magazine 49%
Heat 8: Swaylocks 69% over The Surfer's Journal 31%