Shea’s Fantasy Surfer Picks » Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

JOHANNA BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Friday, April 9, 2010) – Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion, has claimed his fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Bell over reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Johanna Beach..The second stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was completed over four different venues this year, with Round 1 at Bells Beach, Round 2 at Thirteenth Beach, Round 3 and the opening half of Round 4 at Winki Pop before the final day was completed at Johanna Beach..Following a relatively slow start to the highly-anticipated final, Fanning unleashed with a 7.17 to take the lead. The lightning-fast Australian strung together a series of high-speed manoeuvres to pull ahead and put the Floridian on the ropes..However, Slater answered back with an incredible Alley-oop aerial manoeuvre, boosting so high his feet separated from his board before he recovered for an 8.93. Slater then paddled into another excellent wave, scoring an 8.10 to bring his total to 17.03 out of a possible 20 – a lead that Fanning would not surpass.. Bobby Martinez (USA), 28, was one of the form surfers at Johanna Beach, opting to surf the lefthanders down the beach with unparalleled style and aggression, linking razor-sharp turns with massive aerials to best 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, and defending Rip Curl Pro Bells winner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, before falling to Slater in the Semifinals..Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, has been near unstoppable since December, making the Finals in his previous four events (collecting three victories), before falling short against Fanning in today’s Semifinals. Despite the loss, Burrow’s Equal 3rd sees him retain his position as ASP World No. 1.. Photo: joliphotos.com