Kelly Slater Is Riding A Merrick And Filipe Toledo Won’t Lose

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All Photos: Corey Wilson

It was a long day. Eighteen heats, or nine hours, or two-hundred-and-something waves — and some of them were actually pretty good. The conditions were everything that the initial forecast said they wouldn’t be (see: really fun) and the surfing? Amazing in hyperbolic terms, or pretty damn good from a more realistic point of view. And a lot of things happen in eighteen heats. Let’s talk about ’em!

Kelly Slater got a 9.5 in his first heat. And no, not on a FireWire. On that 9.5, Kelly looked as sharp as the Kelly we’ve seen hoist 11 championship trophies. Really fast, really powerful, very frank. And now that he’s declared his retirement Instagram post a joke, what’s really stopping him from ditching the whole entrepreneur thing, slapping a Quik sticker back on the nose and winning like nine more times? (Filipe Toledo is.)

Mason Ho didn’t win. In fact, he lost. He couldn’t flaunt the Mick-beating magic that he found in Round 1 and went down to Gabriel Medina in a heat that offered about as much opportunity as the North Korean government — even the defending champ could only gather a ten point total. Until next time, Mr. Ho.

Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson look really good. It’s Bells. Don’t look so surprised.

But Adriano de Souza looks better. ADS has a real connection with this place. After the event last year — despite the fact that the next tour stop was in his home country of Brazil — Adriano stayed an extra week or so just to surf Bells. Just to surf Bells. His rail work is powerful enough to drown half of Torquay (or at least win and subsequently break the Bell again).

Jordy Smith might win. But for real this time. He used to put too much focus on freesurfing, so last year he stopped caring about that and put all his energy into the tour. Then he focused too much on tour, so now he’s putting all his energy into those man turns? Whatever it is, it looks good.

You’re going to have to pry the yellow jersey off of Filipe Toledo: Well probably not you, but maybe Gabriel. Filipe is consistently mind-blowing. Every single time he stands up is exciting. He’s got one of the best pull ratios in the history of the sport and his surfing could actually alter the landscape on tour — you just can’t score turns higher than the airs that he’s sticking. The worst he could finish at Bells is 5th. Smells like the beginning of a Title campaign to us.

In other news, John John lost and Kelly Slater will surf against Gabriel Medina in Round 5. One of those things should excite you and the other should feel deflating. We won’t say which is which though. Because, you know, this is no place for bias.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1:
Kelly Slater (USA) 16.90 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.33
Heat 2:
Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.93 def. Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 14.00
Heat 3:
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.67 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 13.44
Heat 4:
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.84 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 13.00
Heat 5:
Owen Wright (AUS) 16.10 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.76
Heat 6:
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.00 def. Mason Ho (HAW) 8.10
Heat 7:
Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.84 def. Brett Simpson (AUS) 12.73
Heat 8:
Nat Young (USA) 14.37 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.73
Heat 9:
Jordy Smith (AUS) 14.03 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.90
Heat 10:
Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.87 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 7.00
Heat 11:
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.57 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.10
Heat 12:
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 10.76

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Results (1st to QF, 2nd & 3rd to R5):
Heat 1:
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.46, Kelly Slater (USA) 15.93, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.43
Heat 2:
Owen Wright (AUS) 15.97, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.70, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.96
Heat 3:
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.97, Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.17, Nat Young (AUS) 13.96
Heat 4:
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.47, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.17, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.90

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 5 Match-ups (1st to QF, 2nd = 9th):
Heat 1:
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 2:
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 3:
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 4:
Nat Young (USA) vs. Nat Young (USA)

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results (1st to QF, 2nd & 3rd to

Heat 1:
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.17, Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.04, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.36
Heat 2:
Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.50, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.37, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.40
Heat 3:
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.37, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.67, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 5.03
Heat 4:
Coco Ho (HAW) 13.97, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.77, Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.74

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-ups (1st to QF, 2nd = 9th):
Heat 1:
Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2:
Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3:
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4:
Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)