SNAPPER ROCKS 2012

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2/28/2012: Four heats of the non-elimination round 4 and all of round 5 completed yesterday in choppy, chunky and mixed up conditions at Snapper Rocks. Taj Burrow, Julian Wilson and Ace Buchan surfed in the final heat of round 4. Julian started off solid with a 7 point ride that started out with a good air and could have scored a little higher if he was able to finish with a big move. He never found a backup score and finished 3rd. Taj scored a 9.27 halfway through the heat for a huge gouging first turn and a big blowtail snap to end the wave – he backed it up with an 8 point ride for the heat win. He ended up buckling the board he's been riding all event but said he's got some good backups for the rest of the contest. He moves into the quarters and faces Ace Buchan who ended up advancing out of round 5. Here's the video of the heat: JULIAN vs TAJ vs ACE


Taj Burrow. Photo: Quiksilverlive.com.


Taj Burrow. Photo: Quiksilverlive.com.


Taj heading back out with his backup. Photo: Quiksilverlive.com.

Julian came up against Joel Parkinson in round 5 and once again started off the heat great with a 7.43 but just never found a back-up wave and ended getting combo-ed by Parko who scored the events first 10 point ride. Here's the heat: JULIAN vs PARKO


Julian backstage before his heat.


Julian Wilson. Photo: Quiksilverlive.com.

Possibly the highlight of the day was in the King of the Grom's event featuring the best under 16 groms in Australia. 13-year-old Jack Robinson stole the show on his …lost surfboard – posting a 9.33 and 9.8 for some huge tweaked out airs. The kid has perfect style and form at only 13. It was a pretty mind blowing performance. Couldn't find a video but the Quik people would be crazy not to put something up.


Grom stuck it.


“Wrap, snap, air revo… yawn…”. Kolohe and Beschen rocking the Mike Ho “Legend” tee.

2/27/12: Round 3 completed yesterday. Kolohe Andino came up against Adriano. He mixed it up with a variety of airs and wrapping tight radius turns but Adriano ended up getting the nod. Kolohe may have been under scored on his 6.67 for a slob air on the first section into a series of carves and and lip bashes. The kid looked world class none-the-less and showed he deserves to be part of the big show. Here's the video – KOLOHE vs ADRIANO


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: Surfline.com

Julian Wilson vs Adam Melling. Julian rode the third different board in the contest in as many heats. Rnd 1 on his Mayhem, Rnd 2 on his JS and now back to a different Mayhem than the first heat. He threw down a 9.57 on his very first wave for massive lip hack to fin throw on the first turn. He went on the score another 9 point ride and ended up with the highest heat total of the round. He said he rode the board the day before and knew it was the one – “In my first two heats I wasn’t myself – it didn’t feel like it was coming together for me. Then in that heat I felt a lot better, felt solid on my board and good to get some high scores.” Check out the heat replay: JULIAN vs MELLING


Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: Transworld Surf

TAJ vs LOGIE. In a strange one Taj came out of the gates with a flurry of signature speed turns and fin throws but then started waving for a board change. His board caddy came running down to the rocks with his other Mayhem shaped board but eventually Taj waved him off and stuck with the original board. He's riding a “mutated” version of the Whiplash with some specific tweaks just for Taj. Travis kept it really close with his usual reckless approach to backside surfing. Watch the heat here – TAJ vs LOGIE


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: Surfline.com

In the Women's Malia Manuel won her round 3 heat on her Mayhem shaped board and now moves directly into the quarter-finals of her first event on tour.


Photo: Transworld Surf

2/26/12: Round 3 on today. Kolohe goes down to De Souza . He may have been under scored a little on his 6.67 but he looked world class none the less. Here's round 2 update from Mayhem's blog.

-Taj was up first and just completely went to town against Dane Reynolds (I suppose you have to) . Couldn't find any photos, but the video is good stuff, here….
TAJ vs DANE. Taj has Travis in Rnd 3

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Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: Transworld Surf


Photo: ASP

-Travis Logie, riding the same board (Taj Burrow's trade back Driver) that he used for some of his best heats last season, was electric and used his quick surfing and Alejo's mistakes, to score a convincing win. Here's some highlights of his lightning quick, backhand rage. TRAVIS vs ALEJO. Travis has Taj in Rnd three. I am pretty sure he will ride the same boards (tajs old board) against him again. In France last year Travis pretty much beat Taj on that board, but the judges saw otherwise… fun drama.


Photo: Surfline.com

- CJ went out on one of his 5'7 Grockets in Rnd 2 and, in my opinion, should have won against Kieran Perrow. KP got the good tubes, but CJ was kinda going nuts with tight, explosive backside snaps. At times the board looked a bit short n wide, but CJ told me that people have seen him on 5'10 round tails for long enough and he wants to have fun and ride different equipment. CJ vs KP


Photo: Stab Mag


Photo: Transworld Surf

- Kolohe came back with some force and beat out Brett Simpson in a heat where both of them launched some crazy airs. I was most stoked on the tight clean arcs on Kolohe's carves actually. KOLOHE vs BRETT


Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: Surfline.com


Photo: ASP

2/24/12: Round 1 of the Women's was completed and round 1 of the Men's completed. Malia Manuel and Carissa Moore won both their round 1 heats on their Mayhem shaped surfboards. Snapper came to life for round 1 of the Mens. Taj Burrow blew up one wave but couldn't get a back up score and went down to a fired up Freddy P who did some of the best backside surfing of the day. Taj goes up against Dane Reynolds in round 2 – that should be a good one. San Clemente's Kolohe Andino came of up against the Kelly Slater and wild card Garrett Parkes. Kelly pretty much showed why his is an eleven time World Champ, scoring an 8.93 and 9.87 in the first 10 minutes for some ridiculous barrels. Kolohe vs Brett Simpson in round 2. Julian never really got a going and lost to Ace Buchan. Julian vs Kai Otton in round 2.


Kolohe Andino. Photo: Surfline.com/Swilly


Taj rode his Mayhem shaped surfboard in round 1. Photo: Surfline.com/ASP


Julian Wilson. Photo: Surfline.com/Swilly


World Champ Carissa Moore started her 2012 campaign with a win. Photo: Surfline.com/ASP


Malia Manuel and Silvana Lima. Photo: Transworldsurf.com/Checkwood


Malia Manuel. Photo: Transworldsurf.com/Checkwood


Carissa Moore. Photo: Transworldsurf.com/Checkwood


Carissa Moore. Photo: Transworldsurf.com/Checkwood


Taj Burrow. Photo: Transworldsurf.com/Checkwood

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