Perfect 10s halt Aussies
BYRON Bay's Danny Wills and a host of other Australians bowed out of the world championship surfing event in Fiji yesterday, the victims of a parade of perfect 10 barrels.
Gold Coaster Dean Morrison is the only Aussie remaining in the contest after eight were eliminated from the Globe WCT Fiji. But but he faces the hottest surfer around in six-times world champion Kelly Slater in the quarter-finals today at the Restaurants break off Tavarua island.
Morrison grabbed a winning ride in the final 10 seconds of his fourth-round heat with Neco Padaratz to advance.
Slater posted a perfect 10 and a 9.67 in his victory over Wollongong's Michael Lowe, while another three rides were awarded the highest possible score in a day of sublime surfing.
Brazilian in the way
Brazilian Peterson Rosa ended Wills' progress in round three, scoring 16.46 to the Australian's 12.67.
Hawaiian Bruce Irons had a 10 in his fourth round win against older brother Andy, the triple world champion, and another perfect ride in his quarter-final win over American Cory Lopez when he somehow emerged from a 15-second barrel on his backhand.
Other Australians to lose yesterday included Trent Munro, Luke Egan, Nathan Hedge, Joel Parkinson (fourth round) and Taj Burrow (third round).
Round three (winner into round four; loser eliminated ? 17th) H14: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 17.54 bt Sunny Garcia (HAW) 16.44; H15: Travis Logie (RSA) 17.33 bt Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.00; H16: Peterson Rosa (BRA) 16.46 bt Daniel Wills (AUS) 12.67
Round four (winner into quarter-finals; loser eliminated ?9th) H1: Phil MacDonald (AUS) 14.17 bt Trent Munro (AUS) 7.67; H2: CJ Hobgood (USA) 19.27 bt Luke Egan (AUS) 13.50; H3: Cory Lopez (USA) 19.37 bt Nathan Hedge (AUS) 16.60; H4: Bruce Irons (HAW) 19.67 bt Andy Irons (HAW) 9.67; H5: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.77 bt Michael Lowe (AUS) 14.63; H6: Dean Morrison (AUS) 14.83 bt Neco Padaratz (BRA) 13.50; H7: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 19.27 bt Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.44; H8: Travis Logie (RSA) 15.34 bt Peterson Rosa (RSA) 14.96
Quarter-finals (winner into semi-finals; loser eliminated ?5th) H1: CJ Hobgood (USA) 19.80 bt Phil MacDonald (AUS) 11.13; H2: Bruce Irons (HAW) 19.40 bt Cory Lopez (USA) 18.10.