Quik Pro: Day 2

Poor waves plague the second day of competition at Snapper

| posted on March 06, 2011

Brett Simpson managed to find a few rippable walls on the lower tide, enabling him to post the highest combined wave score of Round 2. Photo: Glaser

It’s been so long since Round 1 of the Quik Pro that it feels like a different event. Today was like no other day we’ve been forced to sit through at the world-famous snapper rock—the swell was way too south and 90 percent of the waves pushed out to sea with no scoring potential whatsoever. The sweep was so strong from the southerly angle that competitors had to paddle as hard as they could just to hold position at the top of the point at Snapper.

Bede Durbidge was the first of many to suffer a loss without ever getting a chance to ride a decent wave, as 16-year-old wildcard, Matt Banting, was able to pick up the only clean walls and put up a couple average scores in to affect a shocking upset.  Matt now faces Kelly Slater in Round 3 for his second chance to beat the 10-Time World Champ, who is more than twice his age, while Matt is around the same age as Kelly’s daughter, Taylor.

Later in the day, with the waves improving enough for the guys to ride a few clean walls each and create a little drama for the day, the Brazilians went on a tear.  The key to their success (besides being talented surfers) was sucking it up and surfing with energy and urgency as if the waves were firing. Of exceptional note was rookie Alejo Muniz, who has been surfing at a level capable of winning any heat he finds himself in during the remainder of the comp.

Two bright spots amongst an overall demolition of America surfers (that saw both the Hobgoods, Pat Gudauskas, Taylor Knox, Gabe Kling, and Bobby Martinez lose) were the performances of Dusty Payne and Brett Simpson.  Both surfers looked very relaxed as they posted high scores with little effort. For 2011, they appear ready to take their competitive surfing to the elite level and challenge the established hierarchy of the WT for a coveted position in the top 10.

Bede Durbidge suffered the biggest upset of the event when he got knocked out by wildcard Matt Banting in the second round. Photo: Glaser

Josh Kerr was one of the standouts of the low tide expression session. Photo: Glaser

Strong currents and winds would have made competition nearly impossible without jet ski assistance. Photo: Glaser

Round 3 will see another match-up between Kelly Slater and wildcard Matt Banting. Photo: Glaser

  • Gram

    For years I’ve wanted Hawaian surfers to recognize they are part of the USA. You actually labeled Dusty Payne an American! They are US Americans before Californians, Floridians, or Hawaians. That was really nice to read.

  • AL M

    Hawaii was stolen from the Hawaiians by the Oppertunists and the U.S. Marines. Read a F@ck’n history book. They should be there own country. The US Congress has recognized the atrocity and apologized for unlawfully taking Hawaii. Its in the congressional records. Read!!! Then you won’t look like such an idiot.

    On another note. Dusty was ripping way harder than usual. Looks like that DHD was going way better than his so called model with Channel Islands.

  • yep

    Hawaii would be part of Japan if it werent U.S. and its their not there.

  • right

    It should also be “it is” instead of “its”, lol.

    But the surfing was pretty good too 🙂

  • Whamo

    Yep, it’s it’s not its and weren’t not werent. Hawaii needs to get over being stolen. How many “Hawaiians” are natives these days? When I lived there it seemed like the island was Japanese. Many of the so-called Hawaiian surfers are haoles. Of course, the real locals, Dane K., Barry K., Brian K., Larry B., and Buttons seem to have a natural connection to the waves that’s missing in haoles.

  • sir

    fine we will give hawaii back, good luck defending yourselves

  • uhh

    AL M is an idiot