What the pros said on day two of the Rip Curl Pro.
Some of the biggest turns you will see all year went down today. Despite the labelling of Bells as “a burger” not worthy of its place on the dream tour, chew on this. It’s still 4-5 foot, overhead and worth appreciating the best surfers in the world tear the back out of it. There isn’t one pro on tour that doesn’t want to ring that bell, no matter how hard they have to work for it. If you’re a genuine surf fan, watching the world’s best make strawberry jam out of the victory at sea-like conditions will still make you smile. Today Tracks asked the winners from each heat to describe what motivates them to be the best in the world.
Nat Young doesn’t want to sink under the weight of expectation.
“The beginning of last year I had a bunch of good results in a row and I thought I was getting results without thinking at all. I’d paddle out and I knew I would make heats. I started losing and I started over thinking things and questioning things I was doing and questioning my boards and questioning everything. At the moment I’m prepared. I surf a lot, I train and my boards feel good. So pretty much now I’ve got to let go of the things I can’t control and focus on what I can do. I know I can do really well out here so I need to focus on the things I can do. Everything else is out of my control.”
Joel Parkinson isn’t ready for a “real job”.
“I think its more so now simply the enjoyment of it. I enjoy it and I don’t want to get a real job (laughs). I want to keep doing it for quite a few more years and while I’m surfing good enough and feeling fit enough to do it I will.
Josh Kerr draws inspiration from Filipe.
“It’s kind of hard for me to think like that because I’ve always looked up to those original guys that were Godfather’s of aerials. Christian Fletcher, Ratboy [Jason Collins] … all those guys. To have the young guys now look up to what I do is a trip and different. I just look to those guys now to get my inspiration and keep that dream alive and hope that I can keep pushing myself. Kelly is also a big inspiration in that too. He’s continually pushing himself. So I look to both sides, young guys like a Filipe and Kelly, to keep myself hungry.”
Owen Wright just wants to have more fun.
“Before every year at Bells I would watch footage of Occy. But this year I’ve just been having such a good time, surfing with my brother, heading down south and I’ve skipped past that. As a result I just feel really good. This year I think having fun is what’s really driving me. It’s taken a lot of tension out of competing. I still watch Occy and feel inspired but now I’m just about having fun.
Why Julian Wilson doesn’t care about rivalries.
“To be honest I just try to focus on the conditions because it’s really all about putting on a good performance. There are only 36 of us on tour so we’re going to match up quite a bit. Some of us match up more than others and have had some good battles but I just try and focus on the basics and that’s putting on a good performance for me. I’m sure there was a lot of fire coming from Andy towards Kelly in their rivalry but I’m still in the early stages of my career and trying to work my way up [the rankings].
Watch all the Heats on Demand Here
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.33, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 11.73, Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.63
Heat 2: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.00, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.33, Kai Otton (AUS) 6.00
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.67, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.06, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 7.73
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 15.33, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.47, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.17
Heat 5: Mason Ho (HAW) 13.13, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.10, Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 13.00
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.76, Matt Banting (AUS) 11.83, Joe Van Dijk (AUS) 8.23
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA) 11.50, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.20
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.33, Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.74, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.67
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.80, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.77, Adam Melling (AUS) 9.94
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.90, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.63, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.86
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.47, Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.37, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 8.57
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Match-Ups: Heat 1:
Heat 1:Mick Fanning (AUS), Joe Van Dijk (AUS
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), C.J Hobgood (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 6: Kolohe Andino (USA), Glenn Hall (AUS)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS), Fred Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Italo Ferreira (HAW)
Tune in tomorrow to watch Live Here
A huge thanks to Isuzu for providing the Tracks team with vehicles for the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach