Surfers Comment On Round 2 Of 2010 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
After Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the surfers were interviewed and shared their thoughts on their stellar performances in this round and the competition in general.
Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach completed round 1 at Bells Beach over the weekend and was moved to Thirteenth Beach for the second round to take advantage of the two-to-three foot (1 metre) beachbreaks.
Chris Davidson, a veteran of the international stage, proved to be the form surfer of the round. Davidson’s forehand was unmatched in terms of speed and ferocity as he bested Jay Thompson 16.13 to 16.10.
“The waves start pumping for our heat and it’s a shame as Bottle (Jay Thompson) was surfing so well,” Davidson said. “He probably would have won any other heat, but that’s the tour, sometimes you just have those heats. I’m feeling good though. I feel healthy and I’m looking forward to the rest of the event.”
Fear of elimination keeps the surfers on their feet as the ASP Top 45 is being reduced to 32 following the fifth event of the season.
“I’m just happy to get on a roll here at the start of the year,” Davidson said. “With the mid-year cut to 32, the pressure is on all of us to perform. I started out the year well with a 9th on the Goldy and I’m looking to go better here down at Bells.”
The flawless performance of Bobby Martinez, current ASP World No. 3, sent local wildcard Adam Robertson packing.
“I knew that Robbo (Adam Robertson) was going to be a challenge,” Martinez said. “He surfs great no matter where he is, but at home, he’s really good. He showed everyone last year how dangerous he can be and I wasn’t taking him lightly.”
Gabriel Medina, wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, caused the biggest upset of the event thus far, defeating the 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood, in Round 2.
“I’m very happy right now,” Medina said. “I had good confidence from winning the other day (in the Rip Curl International Grom Search Finals) and the conditions today suit my surfing. C.J. (Hobgood) is an amazing surfer and this is the biggest win of my career.”
Brett Simpson lofted an incredible full rotation Alley-oop, scoring a 7.83 out of a possible 10 and securing his Round 2 win over Kekoa Bacalso.
“I dropped in and it looked pretty fast,” Simpson said. “I didn’t think I could fit two nice turns so I just went for the Alley-oop tried my luck. There are tons of guys that could do it – it’s all about sticking them at the right time and I did it.”
When competition resumes, Adriano de Souza will be up against 2010 ASP World Tour rookie Brett Simpson, Martinez will battle Drew Courtney, and Davidson will take on Luke Stedman in Round 3.
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