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Kelly Slater puts in solid performance to advance in Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

March 3, 2010 | 11:11 am

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Kelly Slater put in a solid performance against San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas, besting him on 3- to 4-foot waves in front of a capacity crowd at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Australia's Snapper Rocks.

Slater, nine-time ASP World Tour champion and currently ranked No. 6, negotiated the varying conditions to score 15.37 out of a possible 20 to advance to Round 4, where he will face South Africa's Jordy Smith.

“It’s a tough call sitting super deep because you can take off too deep or get one that doesn’t barrel and there are a lot of bumps,” Slater said. “My first one looked pretty nice, but I couldn’t come out and it went from a 10 to a 2, so it’s a challenge out there.”

Gudauskas was the last remaining ASP World Tour rookie to be eliminated during Round 3. Brett Simpson, from Huntington Beach, was defeated by ASP World defending champion Mick Fanning, 15.74 to 10.43 earlier in the day.

“It’s pretty tricky out there,” Fanning said. "I thought I could have sat a little bit deeper and I was lucky enough just to get two waves like a 6 and I got that good one (9.07). I just looked for waves that would allow two turns at the start.”

The high score of the day was turned in by No. 3-ranked Bede Durbidge, who posted a near-perfect 19.30 out of a possible 20. The Australian blended deep tube rides with progressive forehand gaffs en route to his decisive victory, also posting the day’s highest single wave score -- a 9.93 out of a possible 10.

“I just made that barrel and I just didn’t even care what happened after that,” Durbidge said. “I just went for it. On the ride back on the ski, I was thinking I probably should have finished that wave for the 10, but it’s all good.”

Durbidge is one of the most dangerous surfers at Snapper Rocks, where he took second place in the Quiksilver Pro in 2007, and is hoping to post strong results to open up his 2010 ASP World Tour campaign.

“All my family and friends are here and there’s so much hype around this event, being the first of the year, I would love to win this event,” Durbidge said. “It makes all the difference. There’s a lot more energy for you, and waves come your way.”

Round 3 results:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.46
Heat 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.10 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 13.70
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.00 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.27
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.84 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 6.67
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.16 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 11.26
Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.73 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.40
Heat 7: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.97 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 12.60
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.74 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.43
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.63 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.20
Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.17 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.64
Heat 11: Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.54 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.00
Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.57 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.23
Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 19.30 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 7.37
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.06 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 12.43
Heat 15: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.37 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.56
Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.23 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.77

Round 4 match-ups:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 4: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 6: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater has no problem drawing a crowd, winning his Round 3 heat to advance into Round 4. Credit: Kirsten / ASP

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