De Billabong Rio Pro is in volle gang en inmiddels is men al bijna toe aan de kwartfinales. Hieronder kun je het verslag van de tweede ronde lezen, de hoogtepunten hebben we voor het gemak op een rijtje gezet. De organisatie van de Billabong Rio Pro deelde deze wedstrijdverslagen met ons.

Daarnaast kun je ook nog even een aantal heats bekijken. Alle andere heats kun je uiteraard checken via de website. Het vervolg van de Billabong Rio Pro is bovendien live te volgen via de webcast op de site.

Heat 1: David Do Carmo (BRA) 14.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.26

The opening heat of Round 2 kicked off with fireworks. Billabong Rio Pro wildcard David Do Carmo came out of the gates on a tear against reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning, blasting a 7.00 for three big turns on his forehand and improved his situation with two backhand blast for a 7.93.

With Fanning against the ropes, the veteran worked to battle back, logging a series of midrange scores. The Australian continued to hunt the lineup, but was unable to find the near-perfect 9.10 needed, confirming the shock upset by the young Brazilian.“I’ve been watching Mick my whole life,” Said David do Carmo. “He’s the best in the world.”

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 11.84 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 6.77

Fired up from the Brazilian upset over Fanning, the crowd looked for a repeat as wildcard Peterson Crisanto took to the water to face 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater.

Unfazed by the energy on the beach, Slater opened with seamless carves for a 6.67. A midrange score on a tight tube ride left Crisanto on the hunt for a 7.30 with 10 minutes on the clock.

Slater used priority to deny Crisanto a building wave and closed on a layback that improved his bottom score to a 5.17. Crisanto botched the landing of an air reverse on a last ditch effort to overcome the lead but came short of the 7.84 needed to avoid elimination.

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