World Title Pressure At Pipeline
2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters
The 2013 ASP World Title is coming down to the wire at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, and the stakes were high for Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning in the early rounds of the season finale. With excellent 6-foot surf on offer, things got even more interesting on the second day of competition.
"It seemed like it turned on during my heat and some kind of energy came through for me," said Slater. "I knew I had to make that heat, you cant let those things escape your mind, that was the reality of the situation."
As the swell shifted throughout the day, Fanning found more scoring opportunities going left at Pipeline, but it proved to be too little, too late against John John Florence.
For his part in the day's action Slater very much looked like a man in control of his own destiny.
John John Florence
By the end of the second day of competition, John John Florence had beaten the top surfer in the world, taken the Triple Crown ratings lead, and he's not done yet.
The Fanning camp poised and ready for a long day at the beach.
Hard to imagine a more beautiful sporting arena, and judging by the surf forecast, Pipeline's only going to get better at the end of the week.
CJ Hobgood knows the reef at Pipe as well as anybody, and now he'll have a chance to play the role of spoiler when he faces Mick Fanning in Round 5.
Even though he's out of the world title race, Parko remarked, "I wasn't going to just roll over, you don't really get many chances to win a Pipe Masters and you've got to have a go while you're there."
John John Florence
They call John John Florence the "golden child" for a reason.
Nat Young scored a 9 on this wave, demonstrating that his rookie of the year honors were well-deserved.
It wasn't all perfect barrels and sunshine. Bede Durbidge took a heavy lip to the head, which rang his bell. He was treated by lifeguards and is expected to recover fully.
Looking fit and sharp at Backdoor, Fanning appeared to the man to beat until John John Florence paddled out and upset the power balance.