Round 3 and 4 Recap. Video: ASP
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.57, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.10, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.90
Round 4 competition continued at Rincon immediately following Round 3, with Taj Burrow leading the 30 minute affair over defending event champion Adriano de Souza and Adam Melling from start to finish.Burrow built momentum throughout the first half of the heat while his fellow competitors took 15 minutes to log scores on the board. While De Souza and Melling eventually notched respectable rides, Burrow's early momentum carried him directly to the Quarterfinals.
The second heat of the non-elimination Round 4 was one of the most anticipated of the event and 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, current ASP WCT No. 1 Gabriel Medina and Hawaiian phenom John John Florence.Slater opened the affair up with some solid scoring rides for a series of power carves on his forehand while Medina struggled, somewhat, in the high-tide Rincon conditions.
However, it was Florence who shook the field with a semi-inverted full rotation aerial followed up by a series of carves and a power layback. The score, the first Perfect 10 of the season, changed the momentum in the heat and the Hawaiian remained dominant, advancing directly to the Quarterfinals.
John John Florence in the air. Photo: ASP
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.66, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.00, Owen Wright (AUS) 12.20While heats 1 and 2 would see lopsided affairs, Joel Parkinson, Jordy Smith and Owen Wright each logged scores early in their battle for direct advancement to the Quarterfinals.
Parkinson surfaced in the lead with unmatched variety, blending his silky rail work and technical no-grab airs, notching a 16.66 heat total and a Round 5 skip over his competition.
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.34, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.17, Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.54
A sterling day of action was capped out in style this evening with the final Round 4 bout between reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning squaring off against a rejuvenated Fredrick Patacchia and an on-fire Julian Wilson.
Mick Fanning executing flawless form over the lip. Photo: ASP
Wilson struggled to find appropriate scoring opportunities while Patacchia bolted out to an early lead. However, it was the two-time event winner Fanning that dissected the Rincon rights with surgical precision, netting a 16.34 and advancing directly through to the Quarterfinals.
Patacchia and Wilson will face off against their respective opponents in Round 5.
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