San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas to face Kelly Slater in Round 3 of Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
The remaining eight heats in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast were completed Tuesday at Australia's Snapper Rocks, with pulsing 2- to 3-foot righthanders racing down the point.
One of the eight featured the return of Hawaii's Andy Irons, three-time ASP World Tour champion, who got his first tour heat win -- posting a 14.57 to defeat fellow Hawaiian Roy Powers -- since returning from a 2009 sabbatical from full-time competition.
"I'm stoked to be back. Everyone’s really nice and cool and really supportive," Irons said. "So yes [it’s great to be back], and with all the fans, you know it means the world to me. It just makes me really want to come back and do well, and not just come back just to be here."
Irons will take on current ASP World No. 8 Bobby Martinez, of Santa Barbara, in Round 3 when competition resumes.
Gudauskas scored a total 13 out of a possible 20 to defeat Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez and advance.
Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30 a.m. Australian time to assess conditions for a possible 8 a.m. start.
Conditions allowing, here's the match-ups for Round 3 today:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 3: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 7: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 11: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Mick Campbell (AUS)
Heat 15: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: San Clemente's Patrick Gudauskas posted a scintillating Round 2 heat win over Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez to advance to Round 3, where he will face Kelly Slater. Credit: © Cestari / ASP
FOR THE RECORD: A photo in an earlier version of this post misidentified Tanner Gudauskas as his brother Patrick.
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