#5 – Adriana De Souza – Heat 5 – 8.10
Most surf fans in The States griped when ADS won the tour 2 years ago. His stink bug stance, claims and repetitive lip bashings wasn’t exactly poetry in motion. Admittedly, we felt the same way until we heard a story that his older brother worked his ass off to save money to buy Adriano his first used surf board for $7.
I’m pretty sure that story is made up but anyway ADS didn’t grow up like Kolohe and should be respected. Here, ADS late drops on a big one, throws in a couple carves and finishes with his signature claim. Adriano took down his fellow countryman Jadson Andre in Round 2.
#4 – Joel Parkinson – Heat 4 – 8.33
Do you think Parko gets tired of over slicing waves like a seasoned surgeon’s scalpel? I don’t think so. Here Joel, 2012 World Champ, shows his moves, with a clutch 8.33 to overtake rookie Leonardo Fioravanti.
#3 Owen Wright – Heat 3 – 8.50
O-Dog casually tears this wave apart on his backhand, taking his time setting it up before unleashing on the end section. This guy is a year removed from a major head injury and is ripping harder than ever. He looks poised to go far here at Margaret River. He takes down rookie Zeke Lau with ease to move onto Round 3.
#2 – Ethan Ewing – Round 2 – 8.60
Ethan Ewing is one of the most talented and stylish rookies to come on tour in a long time. His style is comparable to Andy Irons but honestly this 8.60 seems to be overscored. 3 turns, boring, except the first carve. I’ve done that last carve 100x and I’m a bald dude with a bum ankle. Santa Barbara legend Connor Coffin beat Ewing to advance despite the inflated 8.60.
#1 Ace Buchan – Heat 9 – 8.83
Ace jams it on the first one and keeps his speed throughout the ride for an 8.83 vs Freddy Wap Morais. The second and third turn were the most critical and Ace kind of fluffed it on the end section but still advanced to Round 3 with an excellent score.