Owen's perfect heat, Julian's ten-pointer and the dull thud of Dane and Kelly landing back on earth…
The pro game is a tough play. One minute you’re sloshing around in the channel gazing at Strider’s steroidal tits, talking about your heat win, the next tears are bubbling in your eyes, hazing everything like a cotton film.
Dane Reynolds, out, to Taj Burrow in round five, but not without catching a couple of grey shacks.
And, Kelly Slater, to Italo Ferreira, for the second time this year, but this time at a wave he’s been throwing apart for 30 years. You could see the dry swallows squeezing down Kelly’s neck as he composed for his post-heat interview.
But, we got new heroes! Owen Wright surfed a perfect heat, the seventh in history. “I never thought I’d get 20 points in my life,” said Owen, his nostrils widening.
And here’s Kelly talking about it.
Julian Wilson went pretty nuts, too. He scored 19.43 in round four against Kelly and Taj.
And how about Joel? Remember him? Maybe 20th or something on the ratings this year. Watch him whale on this bomb. Ten!
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