MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia/AUS (Saturday, April 16, 2016) - Sebastian Zietz (HAW), former elite tour competitor and injury replacement surfer on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, has claimed victory at the third stop of the season, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
With a solid swell in the six-to-eight foot (2 - 2.5 metre) range and offshore winds, Margaret River’s Main Break delivered for the final day of the men’s competition in Western Australia as well as the last day of the Australian leg, setting up a dramatic Final between Zietz and Julian Wilson (AUS).
Wilson opened the Final quickly with a score on the board, and continued to lock in more points under Zietz’s priority. Zietz responded by posting a 9.10, showcasing his trademark Hawaiian power and style. With only five minutes left on the clock, a set out the back gave Zietz the opportunity to make up lost ground. Wilson took off on the first wave of the set to separate his score, but Zietz answered back to take the lead. Zietz secured a 17.40 two-wave combined score to defeat Wilson’s 16.67.
“I am stoked,” Zietz said. “The pressure was on and I pulled that last maneuver in the white-water and made it. To win was definitely the goal I’d set for a long time. It is epic to win a CT event being against all the top guys and come out on top. I just want to dedicate this win to my family and everyone at home. Thank you everyone who has pushed me and helped me along the way.”
After narrowly failing to requalify for this season’s elite tour, Zietz has served as an injury replacement across the three Australian leg events. Today’s win now vaults the Hawaiian to No. 2 in the world heading into the remainder of the year.
“Falling off tour was really hard and made me feel like a kook, so I just went home and got a lot of waves to get back into rhythm,” continued Zietz. “I was psyched to hit the Qualifying Series and get the call up for the CT. It was an amazing contest. We had killer waves and good wind. Western Australia in general is epic.”
“I love the wave here and the crowd that comes down,” said Wilson. “That was a good final. Massive congrats to Seabass [Sebastian Zietz] for his first win. We were able to go blow for blow and have two great heat totals out there. I am happy to get a good result here and Bells was a better result than last year. I look forward to the rest of the year and to carry that momentum and fire into Brazil.”
Semifinal 1 saw Joel Parkinson (AUS) battle Wilson for a spot in the Finals. Parkinson fought hard to get the first score on the board, but after posting up the score, Wilson fired back to take the lead. Wilson and Parkinson went wave for wave, but Wilson’s 16.60 held strong to keep the lead. Parkinson was not able to find the score to close the 1.10 point gap.
“It was one wave I missed, I think Julian got a 6.90 point ride on it,” Parkinson said. “It did not matter in the end, but I think it really mattered for the rhythm of what waves were in priority. I am pretty angry at myself and I cannot believe I missed the wave. In a positive way, I am really happy that I am angry. It means I care a lot and that I let another opportunity slip by. I am fired up for the next one.”
Italo Ferreira (BRA), the 2015 Rookie of the Year, faced Zietz in Semifinal 2. Zietz locked in a 7.17 to set the rhythm early. The two battled with each wave and the heat saw multiple lead changes throughout. Ferreira struggled to finish off crucial rides, allowing Zietz to take the lead. Zietz threw up a massive 9.10 to strengthen his score even further. Ferreira was not able to find the 9.50 required to take down the injury replacement.
“It was a good result again,” Ferreira said “I got the same result at Bells, and I am so happy that I have been surfing so well in these first three events. Now it is on to Brazil. I have amazing support there. My focus is to get another great result in Brazil.”
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), winner of back-to-back opening events in 2016 on the Gold Coast and at Bells Beach, retains the WSL Jeep Leader jersey with a commanding 24,000 points to Zietz’s 15,750 points as the world’s best surfers leave the Australian leg.
Highlights from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
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The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Oi Rio Pro from May 10 - 21, 2016
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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Final Results:
1 - Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.40
2 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.67
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.50
SF 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.17
2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Top 5 (after Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 24,000 pts
2. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15,750 pts
3. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14,750 pts
4. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13,700 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13,450 pts
The next 5 surfers invited to compete in the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have been announced, and they are a mix of experience, talent and Supertubes know-how.
The JBU Supertrial is always a hotly-contested event, throwing out a wildcard into the JBay Open as first prize. The invite-only format of this tournament sees some very talented South African surfers putting their hands up to get a possible slot into the contest, but there are only 20 surfers invited in total. The first prize wildcard is much-coveted, as the JBay Open is the only World Surf League Championship Tour contest in the country, and to get into the event could launch a surfer's professional career.
A former World Championship Tour surfer, Ricky Basnett was excited when he got the call that he had been invited to surf in the contest.
Formerly from The Bluff in Durban, Ricky now calls St Francis Bay home, and has been surfing the local waves as well as putting some serious time in at Supertubes.
"I'm stoked to be invited and totally amped to go shred some good JBay," said Ricky when he heard that he had been included. "I just hope that the waves are really good, so we can all enjoy some perfect waves with only 4 guys out at a time. It has been a while since I've put on a contest jersey as well, so we'll see how that goes, but nothing beats perfect Supers"
Sean Holmes is another surfer who needs little introduction when it comes to competing at Supertubes. Sean has had a string of successful results at Supers as a wildcard surfer, including beating previous world champions like Kelly Slater and the late Andy Irons. An excellent tube rider and an exciting, spontaneous surfer, Sean is always great to watch at perfect Supertubes.
Other invites include WQS campaigners Matt McGillivray, Dylan Lightfoot and Davey Van Zyl.
Matt is a talented young natural-footer who calls Jeffreys Bay home. He is currently competing to great success on the World Qualifying Series and has a bright future ahead of him. Dylan is another local surfer and a former event champion who has been training hard and competing successfuly on the WQS as well. Davey Van Zyl has represented South Africa at both the ISA World Junior Championships and the ISA World Surfing Games. He is the current South African men's champion, having won the title at the 50th SA Surfing Championships in Richards Bay last year.
The waiting period for the JBU Supertrial is 1-12 June, with one full day needed to surf the event to completion.
The JBU Supertrial forms part of the JBay Winterfest, the sporting and music festival that will take place in Jeffreys Bay from 6-17 July.
The JBU Supertrial is presented by RVCA. Co-sponsors include Monster Energy, Stance, Oakley.
Wavescape is the media partner.
The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.
There is a Facebook Event Page
The JBU Supertrial is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The JBU Supertrial also is sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL).
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro continued to witness massive upsets in Men’s Round 3 and Women’s Round 2. With elimination at stake in today’s men’s and women’s heats, competitors went all out to keep alive in the event.
The third stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, saw burly 4 to 6 foot waves (1.5 metre) at Main Break in Western Australia.
Matt Wilkinson (AUS), current World No. 1, flew through the opening heat of Round 3 against Matt Banting (AUS). Wilkinson racked up a 2.73 point lead against Banting. Banting needed a 7.23 to knock out the Jeep Ratings Leader, but came up short. Wilkinson will continue his crusade for a third straight event victory as he moves onto Round 4.
“I have made a bit of a change this year and it is definitely the best start I’ve ever had,” Wilkinson said. “That heat was super tough because the sun was straight in your eyeballs as soon as you would look in, and the wind is so strong out there. I had a few bobbles on my waves. I thought I would get more opportunities, but I made good tactical decisions. I felt like I could have surfed my waves a little better, but I have made my heat and now I have two chances for the next one.”
Adriano de Souza (BRA), reigning World Champion and defending event winner, suffered a shock Round 3 elimination by the eighteen-year-old injury replacement Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA). Fioravanti upset the competition yesterday when he knocked out eleven-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and continued this trend today. De Souza posted a 15.50 two-wave combined score, but fell only 0.10 points short of beating the Italian.
“I am in shock,” Fioravanti said. “The waves are super fun and I just tried to surf as hard as I could. Adriano got a big score and I knew I needed a good score. I gave my last one one-hundred percent and luckily I finished the wave and got the score.”
“Leo deserved it to make that heat,” De Souza said. “He has been surfing really well, especially against Kelly and against me he surfed well. Brazil will be the next event for me. I am looking for a good result because now I need it to qualify. The results I have done already are not enough.”
Caio Ibelli (BRA), 2016 WSL rookie, defeated CT superstar and last year’s event runner-up, John John Florence (HAW), in Heat 11. These two surfers are well-acquainted as both faced off at Bells Beach where Ibelli took the win. This heated rematch witnessed both surfers take to the air and pull off massive rides. Ibelli landed a huge ariel in the dying seconds of the heat to edge Florence out by only 0.73 points.
“John John is a really good surfer and I love to watch him surf,” Ibelli said. “I spent my whole life watching him and cheering for him, but now that I am on tour I really want to beat everyone. This was the second time in a row that John John and I met. It was hard. On my second wave I almost hurt myself on the rocks and I thought the pain would not let me surf. At the last second John John let that wave go and I could land an air and make the heat last minute.”
Taj Burrow (AUS), the eighteen year CT veteran, faced Nat Young (USA) in Heat 4. Both surfers came out firing, but it was Young who racked up an 18.10 two-wave combined score to take the win by 3.33 points. Burrow ended his run at Margaret River with a 14.77 two-wave combined score. Burrow announced yesterday that he will be transitioning out of elite competition after the 2016 Fiji Pro.
“I watched Julian’s heat and I liked how he started catching waves from the start and got in the rhythm to keep building on his scores,” said Young. “I went out there with the same game plan and I wanted to catch waves and give myself opportunities. I felt like each wave, I got a little better and kept building scores. It was a pleasure to surf against Taj out there. He has been an idol of mine since I started surfing. It was an honor to surf a heat against him.”
“I am feeling good and I am feeling happy,” Burrow said. “I would have liked to have gone a bit further here at home in front of the home crowd. Now I’ve got one event left, which is Fiji. That is really exciting to me. Yesterday I felt so incredible after I made the announcement. I felt like it was a huge weight off of my shoulders and I am really happy with my decision. I have had such a great career and the best years of my life have been on tour, and I just cannot wait to experience a bit of freedom.”
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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.00 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 9.27
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.40 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.60
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.90 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.80
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) 18.10 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.77
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.90
Heat 6: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 15.60 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 13.10
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.10 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 11.20
Heat 9: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.54 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.16
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.73 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.20
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.27 def. John John Florence (HAW) 15.54
Heat 12: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.43 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.23
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 4: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia/AUS (Friday, April 8, 2016) - The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, the third stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, kicked off this morning with Women’s Round 1 followed by Men’s Round 1 in 4 feet + (1.5 metre) clean waves at Main Break in Western Australia.Matt Wilkinson (AUS), current Jeep Rankings Leader, continues to dominate on the 2016 CT as he defeated the injury replacement Stuart Kennedy (AUS) and Dusty Payne (HAW) to advance to Round 3. Wilkinson came out the gates strong with a 7.17 point ride, and continued to better his two-wave score with a solid 5 point ride. Kennedy and Payne were not able to find big enough second scores to combat Wilkinson.
“This 6’1” board is feeling really awesome, but I just buckled it on my last ride, which is a bummer, but I am stoked to win that heat,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve got some other boards so I should be okay. Hopefully the lefts turn on a bit and I can find some barrels and do some big open face carves.”
Adriano De Souza (BRA), reigning WSL Champion, defeat Trails winner Jacob Willcox (AUS) and Keanu Asing (HAW) in Heat 7 of today’s competition. De Souza held the lead with two 6 point rides. Willcox fought hard to out surf De Souza, but was unable to find the 6.37 score required to beat the defending event Champion. De Souza will advance to Round 3, while Willcox and Asing will battle to avoid elimination in Round 2.
“I am so happy to make this heat especially because Willcox surfed so well and Keanu is a dangerous threat in any kind of conditions,” De Souza said. “I am happy to get these nerves out of my system and come back to the place that gave me a lot of happiness in the past. Now I am trying to find my rhythm and see if I can go far through this contest.”
Italo Ferreira (BRA), 2015 Rookie of the Year faced 2016 WSL rookie Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and event Wildcard Jack Robinson (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 4. Igarashi held control for a majority of the heat, but it was Ferreira who surged ahead of Igarashi by only 1.22 points in the last five minutes. Ferreira landed a massive air-rotation on his last wave, reminding the field of the innovative maneuvers in his arsenal.
“I am so happy that I got those last two waves,” said Ferreira after his heat. “In the first ten minutes I did not catch any good waves where Kanoa got two good waves. In the last few minutes I got two good waves and did a couple of turns and airs. It was ninja and then I was scared when I saw the rocks, but it was so fun.”
CT veteran Joel Parkinson (AUS) faced 2016 WSL rookies Conner Coffin (USA) andRyan Callinan (AUS) in Heat 9. Coffin held control for most of the heat, but it was Parkinson who came back with a huge air that awarded him a 7.17 to win the heat and advance to Round 3. The rookies will compete in Round 2 to avoid elimination from the event.
“That was a really cool heat to surf against two rookies,” Parkinson said. “They are real eager and I was feeding off of their hunger. It was good to have two guys who are frothing on their first time on tour. I had about five different game plans going through my head and everything I tried to do I did the opposite. It’s one of those places where you have to adapt and surf to the conditions whatever way you can.”
Presumed 2016 Title contenders Julian Wilson (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Nat Young (USA) also won their Round 1 match-ups and will compete in Round 3.
Event organizers will convene tomorrow at 6:30am local time for a possible 7am start.
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.34, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.10, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 5.43
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.10, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.47, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.06
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.67, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 9.17, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.60
Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.67, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.54, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.70
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.70, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.27, Davey Cathels (AUS) 10.16
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.10, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 12.40, Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.64
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.14, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.04, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.13
Heat 8: Nat Young (USA) 15.93, Matt Banting (AUS) 15.53, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.60
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.84, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.26, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 10.50
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: John John Florence (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 12: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Shot to all the loggers who made the NMBS Longboard team for this years SA Champs at Mossel Bay from Monday 25 April to Sunday 1 May 2016. Here's the list in no particular order (as received):
Joe van der Linde
CYOH held their first Surf Off Series of 2016 at Loch Ness on Saturday. Clinton Frasier got first bragging rights of the year - getting to stab the samurai into Alex van Rijswijck (2nd), Bruce Campbell (3rd) and Josh Enslin (4th).
Lekker to see the senior surfers out there watching over the groms during their heat in the challenging surf. Always good to have big dudes looking out for lil one's, whilst helping 'em push the boundaries.
Good vibe, good surf and kiff prizes. Smiles all round!
Shot to the sponsors who keep club surfing in PE rocking
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BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Sunday, April 3, 2016) - Matt Wilkinson (AUS) has won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach today, utilizing his electric backhand to best fellow Finalist Jordy Smith (ZAF) in solid six-to-ten foot (2 - 3 metre) waves at the iconic venue in the Australian State of Victoria.
The second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running professional surf event in the world and today proved nothing short of historic with Wilkinson’s victory being the first for a goofy-footer at Bells Beach in 17 years (last won by Mark Occhilupo in 1998).
Following a win at the opening stop of the season on the Gold Coast, the young Australian has gone back-to-back to start the year with today’s emphatic victory. Holding a stunning lead on the rest of the field, Wilkinson will spearhead the world’s best surfers at the next stop on the CT, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, this coming week.
Today’s Final match-up witnessed Wilkinson and Smith exchange huge scores as each battled to hold the lead. Wilkinson unleashed his strong backhand to deliver vertical snaps, earning him a 9.20 and an 8.17, challenging Smith to find two new scores halfway through the Final. Smith finished with a 14.16 two-wave combined score, but it was not enough to beat the Australian’s 17.37 combined score.
“I have been trying to win everywhere forever and it has never happened, and this year I seem to keep picking up trophies, which is making me feel pretty good,” Wilkinson said, “I am so happy to be at Bells. I’ve been coming down to this event for so long, and I’ve always wanted to win it. I finally got my chance.”
“If you improve ten percent in ten different areas in your surfing, you are going to be one-hundred percent better,” continued Wilkinson. “I am on great boards, I feel fit, my surfing feels really good and I am making smarter decisions, such as keeping calm in tricky moments. I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and try to not make any mistakes and throw everything into every wave I catch.”
After suffering a string of injuries in 2015, Smith’s performance at Bells puts his WSL Title campaign back on track. Although Smith experienced an early Round 2 loss at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, he made a major comeback by taking out CT heavyweights to earn a second place win at Bells Beach.
“Last year I had a back injury and struggled through it, but I am glad to make the Final here today,” Smith said. “This year was a little different for me at Bells. I did not have my expectations so high, and I wanted to put on a good performance and surf my best. I am just trying to put my head down and do the best surfing I can and work as hard as I can.”
The second Semifinal witnessed an all out clash between Smith and Mick Fanning (AUS), three-time WSL Champion and four-time event winner. Fanning and Smith went wave-for-wave, but it was Smith who challenged Fanning with a 17.17. Fanning was not able to lock in solid completions on his massive finishing moves and will end his run at Bells Beach with a 3rd place finish. Fanning has stated that 2016 will be a ‘personal year’ for him, and he will take some time off following this event.
“It was great to go up against Jordy. We have had so many battles out here and it always goes one way or the other,” said Fanning. “We both left it all out there, but I had fun. I was laughing and had a good time. It actually felt really good coming up the beach knowing that I am going on holiday tomorrow. I just want to say thanks to everyone for all the support over the last eight months and throughout my career.”
Wilkinson blazed through Semifinal 1 against Italo Ferreira (BRA), the 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year. Wilkinson dropped a 17.27 two-wave combined score, including a huge 9.27, leaving Ferreira in a combination situation for the majority of the heat. Ferreira will end his run with his highest finish at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event.
“That was a great heat and a great surf for me,” said Ferreira. “This is my best result at Bells. It was a great heat for Wilkinson. He was ripping. I am happy. It is a long year and I will continue to do my best.”
Smith took out Michel Bourez (PYF) in the last heat of the Quarterfinals. Smith gained an early lead against Bourez with a 9.27. Both competitors earned high scoring rides throughout the heat, but Smith’s 17.77 two-wave combined score edged out Bourez’s 17.26, giving Smith the slight 0.51 lead to enter the Semifinals.
Fanning narrowly defeated 2016 WSL rookie Conner Coffin (USA) in this morning’s Quarterfinal match-up. Fanning faced much adversity with a tweaked his back from his earlier heat and a broken board halfway through, but was able to eliminate Coffin by only 0.73 points. Coffin threw up major scores to earn him a 16.17 two-wave combined score, but it was not enough to beat Fanning.
“It was a good heat and I had a lot of fun the whole event,” Coffin said. “When Mick went on that first wave of that set I was stoked because I knew there was a wave behind it. I needed a 9.03, but it came in as an 8.33 and that is just the way it goes when you are up against Mick, who was ripping. But I was happy with my heat, I had a sixteen point total and I am stoked with that.”
Despite the loss, Coffin heads to Margaret River as No. 2 on the Jeep WSL Rankings.
2016 WSL rookies Davey Cathels (AUS) and Caio Ibelli (BRA) were eliminated from the competition in Round 5 by Mick Fanning (AUS) and Jordy Smith (ZAF), respectively.
The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro from April 8 - 19, 2016.
High Res Images from this event available for editorial use via Reuters
Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach are available at WorldSurfLeague.com.
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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 - Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.37
2 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.40
SF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.17 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.90
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.30 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.33
QF 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.26 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.00
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.90 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 16.17
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.77 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.26
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 5 Results:
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.50 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 6.33
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.80 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.33
2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Top 5 (after Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 20,000 pts
2. Conner Coffin (USA) 9,200 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8,500 pts
3. Kolohe Andino (USA) 8,500 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 8,250 pts
5. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 8,250 pts
5. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8,250 pts