Details coming. An epic day of comp. Medina comes from behind in the last minutes TWICE to beat the best at Snapper: Taj in the semis and Joel in the finals. Not to forget beating Mick Fanning in the quarters.
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) and Michel Bourez (PYF) went head to head in Heat 2 of Round 3 today, and the powerful pair didn't disappoint, finishing the heat separated by less than one point. Patacchia took the win, thanks to his heat high score of 7.00 (out of a possible 10), that he notched for a series of precise backhand turns.
"I'm glad we waited for these waves," Patacchia said. "It's still difficult out there, but it's pretty fun when you get the right waves. We've had a few days off so it was great to get back into competition. It's never easy coming up against Michel (Bourez), he's so powerful and has had good results here before so it's great to make it through to Round 4."
Mitch Crews (AUS), 2014 ASP WCT Rookie, caused the upset of the day when he eliminated fellow Queenslander Julian Wilson (AUS) in an exciting back-and-forth battle. Crews out positioned last year's ASP WCT No. 6, caught the best waves and sealed the heat win with an excellent 8.33 (out of a possible 10) that he clocked for a long grinding Snapper wall that he attacked with reckless abandon with snaps and carves all the way down the line. Crews will face Taj Burrow (AUS) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) in Round 4.
"I knew I had to be on the best waves coming up against Julian (Wilson). He's one of the top guys, so I had to be smart and not make stupid decisions,” said Crews. “I've been dedicated, eating better and looking after myself. I'm confident that I'm as fit as anyone else and it's good to see everyone support me.”
Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion, dispatched Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) in one of the most exciting match-ups of the day. Reynolds defeated Fanning in Round 1 last week and this re-match has been the talk of the town ever since. The first half of the 30-minute encounter saw the two post a couple of average scores, leaving the heat open for the taking. The last few minutes saw a flurry of rides, but deep bottom turns and explosive snaps put Fanning in front with a high-scoring 8.50 (out of a possible 10) to send the Californian packing.
"The third Round is the most dangerous Round," said Fanning. "Coming up against competitors like Dane (Reynolds) can ruin your momentum for the rest of the year. It was really tricky out there. Out in the water I felt pretty good at the start. I was lucky enough to get the one near the rock, which allowed me to open up a little bit."
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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.93 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.93
Heat 2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.93 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.10
Heat 3: Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.16 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.76
Heat 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.20 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 9.96
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.16 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 4.77
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.83 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.46
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.57 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.67
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.00 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 5.33
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.57 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.33
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA) 15.17 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.60
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.20 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 15.90
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.66 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 13.24
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)