On Day 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater (USA) came back in the final 8 seconds of his Round 3 heat to defeat local wildcard Nic Muscroft (AUS).
Slater took off on the last wave of the heat needing a score of 8.07 to take back the lead. Wingman Trials winner Muscroft watched the 11-times world champ from the shore. Slater knew he had to pull off something spectacular and launched at the lip and pulled off a full rotation aerial, claiming it as he landed.
1st Kelly Slater (USA) 17.00
2nd Nic Muscroft (AUS) 16.30