And the viewer's spirit finally begins to soar! Day four, Bells…
It’s really easy to lay a shit on the Rip Curl Pro. It’s a contest that should’ve been retired, with all its great memories (1981, Mick’s four wins, Andy, Kelly) a long time ago, but one that now staggers like a drunk: great bursts of sentimentality followed by resentment and maudlin grief.
It’s like second-rate champagne. Once you’ve tasted it, y’ain’t never going to touch it again.
But the WSL show is a class act. No one deviates off script, even the losing surfers.
“It’s not the world’s greatest wave but it…it…provides some good action,” said the vaguely diplomatic Taj Burrow, who came last.
The roving commentator Peter Mel, excellent by any measure and a symbol of the great big-wave surfer, was intoxicated by the merchandise stand.
“Been scenes I’ve ever seen,” he said.
From Martin Potter on the closeout shore break. “This is where all the meat and potatoes come from.”
And so on.
It wasn’t until the iridescent, irresistible Mason Ho, here as an injury replacement, stole a last-minute win against the world champion that the viewer’s spirit began to soar.
“It feels really good to go good in front of all these cool people… whoo… I spilt my heart all over,” he said.
Watch that here.
And the horror of Sebastian Zietz scoring a nine-five and still losing.
Conner Coffin is a young and lovely boy doing beautiful things. Big brown eyes and real yellow hair, too.
Dusty Payne? Bold where others were timid.
Round 2 results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.43 def. Tim Stevenson (AUS) 11.67
Heat 2: Mason Ho (HAW) 10.64 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.80
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.90 def. Timothee Bisso (GLP) 10.50
Heat 4: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.84 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.94
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.87 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 14.50
Heat 6: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.23 def. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 5.27
Heat 7: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.94 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.84
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.10 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.00
Heat 9: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.83 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 16.43
Heat 10: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 13.20 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 10.57
Heat 11: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.53 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.20
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.77 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.23
Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.00 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.83
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 13.50 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 7.67
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.44 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.67
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.47 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.37
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.37 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.60
Heat 6: Mason Ho (HAW) 15.10 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.33
Remaining Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Davey Cathels (AUS)