At the Billabong Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the slogan seemed to be “that’s a wrap.” The tag line caught on and infiltrated Instagram alongside the smiles of several professional surfers as the contest came to a close. Overall, this contest served USA well. Unfortunately, the Brazilians had a sure-fire blowout. Medina looked deflated as he fell to South Africa’s Travis Logie in a ride that can only be described as mind-blowing. Travis was deep in the tube, and it spit him out. Upsetting Medina (falling from number one to number four on the WCT) on his own turf with a miraculous wave was quite the statement for underdog, Logie. Travis Logie would later succumb to what can only be described as Kolohe Andino’s best contest result to date. Another powerhouse Brazilian, Adriano de Souza, failed to get another score after Kelly Slater pocketed a perfect 10-point ride. Are you ready for the kicker? Slater made it out of this seemingly impossible, below-sea-level barrel!
During the men’s semis and finals, the waves were tough but contestable. Surfers had to use every inch of the coastline at Barra Da Tijuca. The most interesting semi was an all-American standoff between legend, Kelly Slater, and prodigy, Kolohe Andino. Andino had already surpassed his personal best by making it to the semis. His strategy was to stick with where the waves had been breaking consistently. His approach emitted relaxation and confidence but was somehow bursting with energy. He really came into his own. Kolohe later relayed that he found his “rhythm.” With less than four minutes and thirty seconds to go, Kolohe fired off an amazing air-reversal. He held up his hands in prayer position; some speculated in repartee that it was meant for Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer statue located in Rio). Kelly Slater answered back with a small barrel and a tail slide. Kolohe threw up another air. Both contestants waited in suspense for their scores to come in. They stood there awaiting the results. Andino vanquished Slater, splitting hairs by a meager margin. Showing American sportsmanship, they shook hands. Meanwhile, Bourez and Burrow were pretty evenly matched in the beginning, which always makes for an exciting semi. But, Bourez would powerfully grab the lead over Taj Burrow. It was Bourez against Andino in the finals. They made the most of the conditions. Michel Bourez of Tahiti took his second victory of the 2014 ASP WCT season, bumping him up to number four in the rankings.
For the women, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons took the victory. In the finals, Hawaii’s Carissa Moore fired off signature, polished moves as she and Sally Fitzgibbons recreated their healthy rivalry. Sally Fitzgibbons was able to hold onto the lead and captivate the crowd. As usual, they both exchanged pleasantries, leaving the fight in the water.
The highlight of Rio was the tenacity that lay within the American professional surfer. Kolohe Andino, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, and Lakey Peterson all made it to the semis. Kelly and Carissa are both currently in the number one spots. Lakey’s third place finish earns her the number five spot. Andino, fresh to the ASP WCT, jumped to the number twelve mark.
Now that’s a wrap, Rio!
Billabong Rio Pro Final Result
Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.84 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.43
Rio Women’s Pro Final Result
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.27
Billabong Rio Pro Semifinal Results
Semifinal 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.73 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17
Semifinal 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.30 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33
Rio Women’s Pro Semifinal Results
Semifinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.97 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.00
Semifinal 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.17 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.80
Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinal Results
Quarterfinal 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.37
Quarterfinal 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.44 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.40
Quarterfinal 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67
Quarterfinal 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.66 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.20
Rio Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results
Quarterfinal 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.47 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.26
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.50 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.00
Quarterfinal 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.37 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.43
Quarterfinal 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.77 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 12.90
Billabong Rio Pro Round 5 Results
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 3.37
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.83 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.17
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8.10
Heat 4: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.76 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.17
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