Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Highlights
Claiming his third win at the event, Mick Fanning hung on to beat Taj Burrow in the final of the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. "It's a special one for me," said Fanning. "The first trip I ever did was down here, and I've been coming here every year."
With a second-place finish at Bells, Taj Burrow now sits fifth in the world going into the contest in Brazil, an event he's had a lot of success at. Could this be the start of something special for him?
Ever the strategist, Fanning sits with coach and mentor Phil McNamara. The two have been together for years, and it's their conversations that have led to three world titles.
John John Florence
Despite calling it a "bummer," with a third-place finish John John Florence took his best result of the year away from Bells Beach. He also posted the only 10-point ride of the entire year.
Julian Wilson finished his run at Bells a bit flustered. After losing to Fanning in the second semifinal, he stormed up the beach and into the contest scaffolding, upset that the beach announcer had gotten a score wrong. Regardless, he was unable to turn the heat and make his first Bells final.
"I'm going to be angry at myself for a few hours," said Kelly Slater after making uncharacteristic mistakes against John John Florence in the quarters.
A pair of seven-point rides in the quarterfinals wasn't enough to carry Joel Parkinson to a win over Wilson. That said, his surfing is as clean and stylish as ever.
Need A Moment
Burrow was a media darling up until he lost the final and went underground.
The biggest surfer on the world tour, Jordy Smith used his size to his advantage until he came up against Wilson in a back-and-forth Round 5 battle. Intent on contending for a title in 2014, Smith will look to Rio in May to keep the good results coming.
Adriano De Souza
Hoping to repeat as a Bells winner, Adriano De Souza found his quarterfinal result unsatisfactory. Not to be kept down for too long, he'll look forward to the upcoming contest in his native Brazil.