|John John Florence to Join Brazilian and Aussie Competitors in Quarterfinals
It was a day to crack the bottom of the rankings wide open for Owen Wright (AUS), before the critical new Mid-season Cut. Taking the win over American surfer Nat Young, Wright was able to edge over his competitor with consistent waves, and clean surfing, proving he is still a dominant surfer on the Championship Tour.
Ethan Ewing (AUS) will head into his first Finals Day at Bells Beach along with West Australian dynamo Jack Robinson with the duo hoping to keep the Bells trophy on Australian soil in 2022.
Rookie Callum Robson (AUS) showed he is a force to be reckoned with, taking down four-times Bells winner and event wildcard, Mick Fanning (AUS). Fanning brought the flare in his display of skills, riding each wave to the end and giving the crowd the show they wanted. However, Robson kept his cool and seemed unfazed by the three-time WSL champion, coming in to steal the heat with a last-minute 7.77 ride (out of a possible 10).
“When I saw that wave coming in I just took a deep breath and was like, alright, this is my chance,” said Robson. “I felt like I got a little bit stuck at the start and then I got my third turn on the bowl, I actually got a good turn off and then I got lucky with that little dream inside roll. Waiting on the beach, I couldn’t really hear but my mates were giving me thumbs up and as soon as I heard it over the loudspeaker to confirm, a lot of emotion was felt. I made so many mistakes in that heat so to just give myself a shot at the end and capitalize on that, I was just over the moon. I had to fully almost just surf a brand new heat with 15 or 14 minutes to go or whatever it was.”