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ASP World Tour back in action at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

April 6, 2010 | 12:59 pm

Brett Simpson won his Round 2 heat to advance at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was completed Tuesday, after event organizers decided to relocate to nearby Thirteenth Beach, Australia, to take advantage of the available 2- to 3-foot swells on offer.

Australia's Chris Davidson received the overall high score of the round, besting fellow Australian Jay Thompson, 16.13 to 16.10, on running right-handers to advance in the second event of the 2010 ASP World Tour.

"The waves start pumping for our heat, and it’s a shame as Bottle [Thompson] was surfing so well," said Davidson. "He probably would have won any other heat, but that’s the tour, sometimes you just have those heats. I’m feeling good though. I feel healthy and I’m looking forward to the rest of the event."

Competitors have felt added pressure this year since the introduction of a new format that will reduce the roster from 45 to 32 surfers after the fifth event of the season, the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in August.

"I’m just happy to get on a roll here at the start of the year," Davidson said. "With the mid-year cut to 32, the pressure is on all of us to perform. I started out the year well with a ninth on the Goldy and I’m looking to go better here down at Bells."

World Tour rookie Brett Simpson, from Huntington Beach,  punctuated the afternoon action by lofting an incredible full rotation Alley-oop, bringing him a score of 7.83 out of a possible 10 to secure his victory over Hawaii's Kekoa Bacalso, last year's ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year.

"I dropped in and it looked pretty fast," Simpson said. "I didn’t think I could fit two nice turns so I just went for the alley-oop tried my luck. There are tons of guys that could do it. It’s all about sticking them at the right time and I did it."

Event organizers will reconvene for a possible 7:30 a.m. start. When competition resumes, up first will be Adriano de Souza, from Brazil, against Simpson in the opening heat of Round 3.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 2 results:

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.16 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.06
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.43 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.84
Heat 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.24 def. Adam Robertson (AUS) 14.07
Heat 4: Neco Padaratz (BRA) 12.03 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.60
Heat 5: Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.06 def. Blake Thornton (AUS) 7.46
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.23 def. Marco Polo (BRA) 9.84
Heat 7: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.60
Heat 8: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.83 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.54
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.10 def. Dean Morrison (AUS) 9.43
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) 11.94 def. Nate Yeomans (USA) 5.60
Heat 11: Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.13 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 16.10
Heat 12: Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.56 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 9.83
Heat 13: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.66 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 8.70
Heat 14: Drew Courtney (AUS) 12.84 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 8.27
Heat 15: Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.50 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 2.43
Heat 16: Owen Wright (AUS) 9.84 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 9.10
Round 3 matchups:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 7: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Neco Padaratz (BRA)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Drew Courtney (AUS)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 13: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 14: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 15: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 16: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo:  Brett Simpson won his Round 2 heat to advance at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Credit: Kirstin Scholtz \ ASP

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