Surfers endure flatness and storm as waiting period ticks away. Boredom and impatient anxiety take hold. Mostly boredom. Overhead swell on Wednesday finally cues dual-heat format and the completion of Rounds 3-5.
In Round 3, Owen Wright drops Parko, who can now only lose the Triple Crown to Ace Buchan. Ace must make the final to heist Joel’s third straight VTCS crown. Thrilling!
Kelly Slater clips John (um….John?) Florence in Round 3, then scores a 10 in Round 4, and now faces Ace in the quarters. Drama!
Dusty Payne waits until the second hand reads single digits in his heat against Mick Fanning, then sprinkles Dusty Dust on a Backdoor tube, gets housed for 9.87, climbs out from the combo pit, eliminates Mick from the Triple Crown race, requalifies for the 2011 World Tour, and saves team manager/mentor Dave Riddle from stress-induced medical disaster (a stroke, probably) in one fell swoop. Magical!
Dusty goes on to lose in Round 5 to Kieren Perrow, 17.90 to 17.67. Dave Riddle expected to make a full recovery. Relief!
Steph Gilmore continues to horde trophies, taking out the single-heat Dual for the Jewel — which replaced the Billabong Pro Maui as the Triple Crown’s third female event in 2010 — as well as the Triple Crown race itself. Greed!
Dane Reynolds is still in the contest.Mild interest!