Rip Curl Pro Portugal Completes Two Heats of Round 3
The Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, completed the opening two heats of Round 3 today before calling competition off due to slowing conditions.
John John Florence (HAW), 19, ASP WCT No. 4, was victorious in the opening heat of the day, surviving a slow affair with Travis Logie (ZAF), 33. The talented Hawaiian, who suffered minor injuries two days ago while chasing a perfect hollow wave down the coast from Peniche, continued his impressive form at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Florence advances directly into Round 4 of competition.
Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, closed the day’s action out with a high-flying affair against Brett Simpson (USA), 27. Medina impressed on both his backhand and forehand with a number of progressive maneuvers to take the Round 3 win.
“That was a tough heat against Brett (Simpson),” Medina said. “He surfed so well and I really thought he was going to get the scores on this last wave but he didn’t make that last air so I’m stoked to make this one. That’s an important round for me,I really want to get a good result over here.”
Medina advances directly to Round 4 of competition.