After postponing competition since Tuesday in memory of Andy Irons, the Rip Curl Pro Search got back in gear today. Friday proved to be the best day of surf yet at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico. Something tells me Andy was watching from above and gracing his brothers with some surf.
Surprise, surprise, Dane Reynolds was the standout today. Hucking his tail towards the heavens and beyond, Dane just went ballistic. It seems that the implementation of that no losers Round 4 is working out for everyone.
But of course the real drama went down in Round 3 when Kelly Slater faced local wildcard Dylan Graves. The beach was packed with Puerto Ricans flying their flag high anticipating Kelly’s tenth World Title soon to come. The champ did what he needed to do and took care of Dylan. And in the very next heat Jordy Smith faced off against Gabe Kling. Being the only one that can stop Kelly’s tenth World Title from happening, Jordy needs to basically win out. The tension on the beach came through even on the webcast as history might have been made at Middles today. But it wasn’t to be, as Jordy waxed Gabe and also put himself in the quarters after his Round 4 victory. The less heats he has to surf the better.
Things will most likely be wrapping up in Puerto Rico this weekend, and Kelly’s tenth World Title could become reality as well. Basically, if Kelly reaches the semis by winning his quarters heat he will claim it. So make sure you tune in to potentially witness history this weekend at live.ripcurl.com and stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for the exclusive story and photos.—Ryan Brower
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.16 def. Dusty Payne (USA) 9.00
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) 14.10 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.73
Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.04 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.70
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.70 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.90
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.06 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 12.84
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Dylan Graves (PRI) 13.07
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.83 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 11.43
Heat 8: Chris Davidson (AUS) Advances Over Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) N/S
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.27
Heat 10: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.37 def. Dan Ross (AUS) 11.80
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.33 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.54
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.60 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 12.10
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.57, Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.23, Taylor Knox (USA) 13.70
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.20, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.42, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.60
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.80, Owen Wright (AUS) 14.26, Chris Davidson (AUS) 8.16
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.70, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.53, Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.30
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
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