BEDE INTO ROUND 3 IN RIO
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Monday, May 14, 2012) – After a four-day break from competition, the Billabong Rio Pro launched back to action at the primary venue of Barra da Tijuca as world’s best surfers did battle in challenging four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) barrels at the primary venue.
FOX Pro Surfer Bede Durbidge (AUS) has moved into Round 3 after a convincing win over Fred Pattachia (USA).
Into super tough conditions, Bede had only been in the water for less than 5 minutes when a perfect 4-6 foot right hand barrel showed up.
Bede was right in the spot and took full advantage, getting nice and deep and impressing the judges. bede was awarded a an 8.00 ride, putting all the pressure back on Pattachia.
Bede then found a small back up wave of a 4.00 only a handful of minutes later, this had Freddie P in a combination situation.
Pattachia never recovered only managing a combined score of 2.64. Bede now moves into round 3 where he comes up against great mate and fellow Aussie Mick Fanning (AUS).
Fellow stable mate Damien Hobgood was not so lucky in his round 2 heat against good mate and fellow American Pat Gudauskas.
Very limited waves and scoring opportunities were few and far between. “I just couldnt find the right waves and the ones that did come my way were just terrible” Hobgood said.
Damien will now look forward to one of his all time favourite waves in the next event of the year in Fiji.
Check out the highlights from day 6 in Rio.