STEP forward the contenders, day three of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach narrowed down the field in decent to excellent surf.
Left in the game: Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Owen Wright, John John, Jeremy Flores, Josh Kerr, Adriano de Souza, Kai Otton, Brett Simpson, Jordy Smith, C.J. Hobgood and Mick Fanning. The strength and depth from top to bottom is something to behold and if the tour falls off the surf industry bankruptcy cliff, lack of talent isn't at fault. Look for the men to finish up in Friday's predicted solid surf.
After one and a half events in 2012 there is one interesting fact nosing to the surface, none of the young guys bar perhaps John John or Own are challenging to take the overall world title, they lack consistency. Meaning it's a year Kelly can take 12, Fanning another or Parko/Taj slipping just the one. Or perhaps a more median aged Jordy or Adriano claiming their birthright? In other words it could be anyone and by default the event winner becomes a prime 2012 contender.
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