Billabong Pro Trestles 2000 – Day Two

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Major title implications for Sunny Garcia hindered on the Kelly Slater versus Shane Dorian heat today in the second round of the Billabong Pro at Trestles. After all the hoorah about Slater being brought in as a ringer, everything changed when Shane Dorian eliminated Slater today in round two.

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It all started when Sunny gave Billabong an earful about bringing in Slater as a wildcard-a move done to get the contest more publicity. Then Kelly went and lost yesterday which set up the showdown today with Dorian. If Slater would have won today then Luke Egan would have had a bye and Sunny would have had to surf in round three. With Slater’s loss, Sunny now gets the bye into the fourth round (the round before the quarters) and Luke has to surf round three. Even if Sunny loses, it’s a ninth place, which at this point is huge in terms of sealing his title hopes.

The heat itself was a barn burner. Slater began with two sevens, while all Dorian had was a 5.5. Thanks to a couple of sets and some strategy, the next wave exchange gave Dorian a 6.7 and an 8.3 and Kelly a third seven-the tide had turned. With three minutes left, all Kelly could do was catch a left that would only earn him a six-his three sevens weren’t good enough.

“At the start, he Kelly got a couple of really good ones and I didn’t,” said Dorian after the heat. “Halfway through, I got my first good one. Then I made a tactical move, kicked out in front of him, and got a good one. He got another one, and I kicked out in front of him again. I was just hoping to get a really good one. When I paddled back out and I heard people screaming and whistling, I knew that there was a bomb coming in. One wave shaped up real nicely and I got an 8.3. Then I kept him off the last wave.”

“I got really lucky. I know that Kelly is surfing really well. I know that he was really excited to try to win this event, but he’s going to have to wait.”

Questioned about beating Dorian both in Tahiti and last nights Surfer poll, Kelly replied, “Shane and I usually have pretty good grudge matches. Shane owed me one for Tahiti this year. I’ll take losing heats for a win. I was lucky to have that win in Tahiti. Things went my way in the contest, and Shane and I had a good final, but it was the same sort of thing. The whole time in the final in Tahiti, Shane would catch a wave, and there would be a two point better wave behind it.”

Slater’s loss meant that none of the wildcards advanced past today. Benji Weatherly, hurting from a very tender and taped up ankle, lost early, as did Donavon Frankenreiter. Joel rkinson was looking really strong yesterday when he won his heat, however a personal emergency forced him to fly home and leave his third round matchup-a third round bye for guess who?

It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
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Other excitement included Nathan “Noodles” Webster’s heat against Paul Canning. Just like every other Trestles contest, Nathan’s wave hogging tactics on the first wave earned him a very questionable interference and a subsequent loss. “It just sucks,” said a pissed off Noodles. “I really don’t know what happened there. I was turned around. I was definitely onto the wave before he was. It’s a tricky one. I’m just fuckin’ pissed off.” His final salute to the judges also earned him a fine from the ASP.

The surf was much better today than yesterday. After the first two heats, Contest Director Joey Buran decided to put the contest on hold through the high tide, resuming around 10:30 when the tide began to go back out. The rest of the week looks to get better and better according to Buran, “By Friday there’s supposed to be a fairly decent increase in the swell, so I think that down the stretch we should have better surf and higher performance for the quarterfinals to the finals.” Until tomorrow.

In case you’re wondering, you can’t be at a contest in San Clemente without running into its most famous citizen-Randall. Its funny how he shows up and people pay more attention to him than the surfers. If you don’t know who Randall is, he’s a fixture in the Lost videos and he spared some quality time for me-check out the short attachment. Until tomorrow. AC

Heat #1
[IMAGE 3] 1 21.40 Michael Campbell Aus
2 19.10 Donovan Franknreiter USA

Heat # 2
1 13.15 C.J Hobgood USA
2 6.25 Benji Weatherley USA

Heat # 3
1 22.60 Shane Dorian HAW
2 22.40 Kelly Slater USA

Heat # 4
1 Conan Hayes HAW
2 Mark Occhilupo AUS

Heat # 5
1 19.75 Flavio Padaratz Brz
2 17.90 Toby Martin Aus

Heat # 6
1 16.65 Paul Canning Safr
2 14.60 Nathan Webster Aus

Heat # 7
1 18.25 Luke Hitchings Aus
2 17.25 Keith Malloy USA

Heat # 8
1 18.45 Richard Lovett Aus
2 15.60 Russell Winter GB

Heat # 9
1 20.65 Michael Lowe Aus
2 19.75 Glyndyn Ringrose Aus

Heat #10
1 19.75 Shawn Sutton Haw
2 18.60 Victor Ribas Brz

Heat #11
1 20.75 Ben Bourgeois USA
2 18.65 Ross Williams Haw

Heat #12
1 22.10 Fabio Gouveia Brz
2 21.15 Greg Emslie Safr

Heat #13
1 22.25 Tim Curran USA
2 19.75 Yuri Sodre Brz

Heat #14
1 21.35 Shane Powell Aus
2 20.00 Neco Padaratz Brz

Heat #15
1 Red 20.50 Daniel Wills Aus
2 Blue 20.00 Todd Prestage Aus

Heat #16
Red 20.90 Beau Emerton Aus
Blue 22.25 Taylor Knox USA
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Heat #10
1 19.75 Shawn Sutton Haw
2 18.60 Victor Ribas Brz

Heat #11
1 20.75 Ben Bourgeois USA
2 18.65 Ross Williams Haw

Heat #12
1 22.10 Fabio Gouveia Brz
2 21.15 Greg Emslie Safr

Heat #13
1 22.25 Tim Curran USA
2 19.75 Yuri Sodre Brz

Heat #14
1 21.35 Shane Powell Aus
2 20.00 Neco Padaratz Brz

Heat #15
1 Red 20.50 Daniel Wills Aus
2 Blue 20.00 Todd Prestage Aus

Heat #16
Red 20.90 Beau Emerton Aus
Blue 22.25 Taylor Knox USA