Day One of the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley unraveled an exciting thread of fresh drama and budding stars for the ASP World Tour. From Dane's heat which featured nearly ten 360 airs to Rob Machado's victory over an overly-relaxed Andy Irons to the bullying of Jordy Smith in his debut, there was no shortage of telling entertainment. Aside from the girl with the Cody Maverick doll who was perpetually shuffling from the waterfront back to the sand getting her plush penguin some waves, the day was indefinitely highlighted by Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Cory Lopez's high-flying heat.
It seems these guys went above and beyond (literally) in making their point. The heat didn't begin with fireworks, but the by the time the final horn buzzed signaling the end, there was more sulfur in the air than on the Fourth of July.
Kelly kick-started the excitement by posting an 8-point ride consisting of a carving backside 360, quickly followed by a picture-perfect hack in the pocket, and another backside 360. With all eyes on wonder kid Dane Reynolds' response, California's biggest hope for a future world title wasted no time and answered by posting an 8.67 that silenced any skeptics.
Reynolds dropped into the right-hander, gathered speed, and sliced through a Lowers wall with a powerful on-the-rail carve that would've made power-surfing legends Sunny Garcia and Pancho Sullivan smile. After completing his frontside gouge, Dane followed up with a fins-free grab-rail reverse that showcased exactly how diverse the California Prince's repertoire truly is.
While his performance was stellar, Reynolds had apparently just recovered from sickness, but refused to reveal any of its symptoms. Comments Reynolds, "I just felt rusty. I'm still kind of sick still, and that was the most work I've done for a while."
Eight-time world champs are not easily impressed, even if you are a bit sick when you perform. Slater responded to Reynolds' score by taking off on a right and punting a beautiful 360 air, all the while never batting an eye. With natural-born talent like that and decades of competition under his belt, Slater showed the crowd why…well…why he's Kelly Slater.
A self-proclaimed non competitor, Dane Reynolds admitted that Slater's performance gave him an inspirational boost, despite his illness. Reynolds explains, "When I paddle out I'm not really like, 'Oh, I'm gonna beat this guy bad,' but when Kelly got that eight, it really got me going."
Not to be forgotten, Floridian and above-the-lip maestro Cory Lopez was in perfect form throughout the heat ripping apart the lefts as well as the rights. Lopez's apex came as he boosted a massive backside 360 air off a right-hand ramp giving him a combined two-wave score of 15 points to finish off the heat. Unfortunately for Lopez, Slater and Reynolds' momentum was too much, forcing him to a third-place finish and another heat in the Second Round. Slater would go on to win the heat by posting a combined score of 17.17 and Reynolds would take second with a very respectable score of 16.30.
With a heat like that already under the belt on the very first day of competition, things are looking mighty fine for the remainder of the event. Stay tuned to Surfermag.com for further coverage and watch all of the action unfold live by going to boostmobilepro.com.
BOOST MOBILE PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 15.67, Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 14.64, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.33
Heat 2: Ben Dunn (AUS) 14.83, Trent Munro (AUS) 14.77, Daniel Wills (AUS) 11.00
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.00, Bobby Martinez (USA) 10.00, Troy Brooks (AUS) 5.40
Heat 4: Dean Morrison (AUS) 14.94, Neco Padaratz (BRA) 13.76, Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.73
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.07, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.80, Gabe Kling (USA) 7.27
Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.00, Luke Munro (AUS) 9.44, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.16
Heat 7: Frederick Patacchia (HAW) 15.76, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.55, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.16
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.67, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 10.66, Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 8.67
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.17, Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.30, Cory Lopez (USA) 15.00
Heat 10: Rob Machado (USA) 14.34, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.56, Andy Irons (HAW) 9.00
Heat 11: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.67, Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 13.64, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 6.90
Heat 12: Bruce Irons (HAW) 15.66, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.17, Dayyan Neve (AUS) 8.50
Heat 13: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.43, Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 13.80, Victor Ribas (BRA) 13.10
Heat 14: Michael Campbell (AUS) 15.16, Greg Emslie (ZAF) 13.07, Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 11.50
Heat 15: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.00, Michael Lowe (AUS) 8.84, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 6.97
Heat 16: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.50, Royden Bryson (ZAF) 13.50, Chris Ward (USA) 11.16