J-Bay Open Round Three
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It was clear at the beginning of Round Three that the surf is not what would the competitors would depend on but rather their raw talent. Rookie Wiggolly Dantas faced two-time J-Bay champ Joel Parkinson in Heat 5. While Parko earned the highest heat total of the event during Round 2, a combination of spotty sets and Dantas’ excellent-range score eliminated Parko from the contest, a major upset! In the next heat, rankings leader Adriano de Souza easily defeated wildcard Dane Reynolds. In Heat 8, meanwhile, reigning World Champion Gabriel Medina scored a near-perfect two-wave total — 19.07 — throwing huge airs for three rides in the nine-point range, coming out strong and with confidence.
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (15.50) def. Owen Wright (15.40)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (15.50) def. Italo Ferreira (12.83)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (17.94) def. Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (8.40)
Heat 4: Nat Young (16.87) def. Adam Melling (8.03)
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (15.13) def. Joel Parkinson (12.40)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (13.17) def. Dane Reynolds (11.90)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (17.50) def. C.J. Hobgood (13.83)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (19.07) def. Matt Wilkinson (16.07)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (14.16) def. Kolohe Andino (12.27)
Heat 10: Keanu Asing (14.83) def. Josh Kerr (12.33)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (15.67) def. Bede Durbidge (15.67)
Heat 12: Alejo Muniz (17.83) def. Filipe Toledo (17.23)