|JOHN JOHN FLORENCE BRILLIANCE IN THE EXCELLENT BEACH BREAK WAVES
JEREMY FLORES CAUSES MASSIVE UPSET DEFEATING GABRIEL MEDINA
Featured Surfers From Round 3: SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Friday, October 21, 2016)1, John John Florence (HAW) and Frederico Morias (Portugal): Current World No.1John John Florence (HAW), 24, asserted his dominant form in Round Three with impeccable wave selection as the Hawaiian posted big scores right from the opening buzzer to easily advance past lethal wildcard Frederico Morais (PRT). Florence showed a variety of backhand turns in the power section of the waves to quickly build a 16.27 heat total and was never put at risk on his way to Round Four.
2. Jeremy Flores (FRA) And Gabriel Medina (BRA): Jeremy Flores (FRA), 28, posted a huge upset in taking out current World No.2 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in Round Three of the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal today, opening a door for Florence to potentially clinch a maiden WSL title in Portugal. Despite a stronger and faster start from the Brazilian, it was Flores who built momentum throughout their exciting 30-minute battle to continuously improve his scoreboard and eventually push Medina out with a solid 15.77 total.
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS): Former WSL World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 35, was in a difficult position against Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) as the young Brazilian capitalized early with powerful forehand carves, until the Australian found a near-perfect barrel ride to lock-in an impressive 9.33 and eventually take the win and a ticket for Round Four.
4, Michel Bourez (French Polynesia): Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez (PYF), 30, used his full surfing repertoire to eliminate Caio Ibelli (BRA) in their Round Three encounter. Bourez started with a good barrel ride on a throaty left to lock in a good first score and take an early lead, before letting his powerful gauges out on a big and clean wave for a near-perfect 9.70 and a Round Fourth berth.
Other surfers included from their winning Round 2 heats today include Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 3 Results: To Date
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.43 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 12.04
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.10 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.00
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.97 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.90
Heat 4: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.86 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 10.03
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.23 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.37
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 16.27 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.30
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.77 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.17
Heat 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 11: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 3: tbd
Heat 4: tbd