Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach has been completed, with the usual suspects progressing. Slater did need a 9.87 in the dying seconds to secure his victory, while Fanning and Parko both progressed relatively easily. “The surf forecast has been downgraded somewhat,” said contest director Damien Hardman, “but we’ll still have waves all Easter.”

In other news, our roving reporter Tone “Spagone” Marshall was out last night (on the job of course) and came across a fire in the Torquay bakery, started by a couple of goons on the piss. No one was hurt, but the loss of a thousand meat pies was said to have devastated the local community.

Tone blew the smoke from his ears and then snapped the following gallery from Day 1. Enjoy.

Toast, anyone?
Slater spins to win.
Careful, she’ll drive you to drink.
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of victory.
Parko sluicing the inside on the way to a 16.20 heat score.


And the crowd goes wild.
Adam Melling swoops fins out.
Slater is in there. somewhere.


Rincon, being uhm Rincon.

Heat 1: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.60, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.33, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.64, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.43, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.83
Heat 3: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.06, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.33, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.16
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.34, Oney Anwar (IDN) 7.60
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.20, Brett Simpson (USA) 10.20, Jack Perry (AUS) 8.87
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.03, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.50, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 10.17
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.33, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.60, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.10
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.06, Dusty Payne (HAW)
14.20: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.87
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 16.43 Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.90 , Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.20
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA)
15.47, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.67, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.23
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.26, Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.77
 Owen Wright (AUS) 13.36
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.14, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.90, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.76


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