Rip Curl Pro Search "Somewhere in Indonesia" Day 3 Round 2 Completed
Friday, August 1, 2008 – The remaining six heats of Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Search were completed this afternoon in speedy, low-tide four-foot (1.5 metre) waves at the primary venue “somewhere” in Indonesia.
Stop No. 6 of 11 on the 2008 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search went on hold for most of the day before event organizers decided to complete Round 2 in hollow lefthanders, which bore witness to some of the more dramatic performaces of the event.
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), current No. 22 on the 2008 ASP World Tour ratings, lit a fire this afternoon securing deep tube rides and executing beautiful forehand carves to net a day’s high heat total of a 17.33 out of a possible 20, eliminating Leonardo Neves (BRA) from competition.
“The tide is super low out there right now but these conditions really suit my surfing,” Patacchia said. “I think I managed to pick off the best waves in that heat and they really opened up for me and allowed me to perform. I’m stoked to advance through Round 2 and I’m looking forward to the rest of the event.”
Patacchia will now face Luke Stedman (AUS) in Round 3 when competition resumes.
Rip Curl Pro Search 2008 "Somewhere in Indonesia" Day 3 Round 2 Highlights
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“I’ve yet to really have a breakout result this season,” Patacchia said. “I feel like I have been building momentum the last two events though and the wave here in Indo is one that I could really do well at. I think the swell is supposed to pick up over the next few days and I hope it does – game on.”
Daniel Wills (AUS), current No. 34 on the ASP World Tour, survived a hard-fought Round 2 heat this afternoon, narrowly eliminating highly-touted rookie Dane Reynolds (USA) from Rip Curl Pro Search competition. In the dying moments of the heat, Wills used a priority tactic to draw an interference on Reynolds, causing the youngster’s triple barrel finale to become nullified.
“No one wants to win heats that way but it’s a competition and that’s how it goes sometimes,” Wills said. “I had a good start to the heat and then held priority for the back half. I should have done my job a little better and stayed on him a bit closer towards the end and I would have been in better position to perform on that wave, but that was my mistake and I had to take off anyway.”
Mikael Picon (FRA), current No. 26 on the 2008 ASP World Tour ratings, overcame the dangerous low-tide conditions this afternoon to advance past 2008 Dream Tour rookie Jay Thompson (AUS) with a solid 16.94 out of a possible 20.
“I lost a bit on skin on the reef on my elbow and my foot and my ass but it was worth it to get through the heat,” Picon said. “It’s so shallow out there this afternoon, but I am very happy to advance through to Round 3. The wave here is good for me on my forehand and I am hoping for a good result here.”
Surfline, official forecasters for the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling for an increase in swell during the night and throughout tomorrow.
Event organizers will meet tomorrow morning at 7am to make the call for a potential 7:30am start.
REMAINING RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 2 RESULTS
Heat 11: Daniel Wills (AUS) 11.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.67
Heat 12: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 17.33 def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 9.87
Heat 13: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 11.83 def. Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 8.84
Heat 14: Mikael Picon (FRA) 16.94 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.83
Heat 15: Ben Dunn (AUS) 16.67 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.83
Heat 16: Mick Campbell (AUS) 15.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 10.67
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Daniel Wills (AUS)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 3: Luke Stedman (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Michael Campbell (AUS)
Heat 7: Dayyan Neve (AUS) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Mikael Picon (FRA)
Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Ben Dunn (AUS)
Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)
Heat 14: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 15: Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 16: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Chris Ward (USA)
The event will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com/
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