J-Bay's Big Day

Dominant ... Kelly Slater

Dominant ... Kelly Slater

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WHAT a day - commencing with Curren vs Occy before moving into perhaps the best day of competition ever seen on the Dream Tour. Curren edged Occy in the Clash of the Icons in solid surf at the start of the day, remarkable in itself, but as the tide dropped out J-Bay transformed itself into a high performance machine - flirting between deep makeable barrels, critical walls and endless opportunities for floaters - with three barrels a wave not out of the ordinary. This was 'that day' which as a local you would be talking about for years and it is such a refreshing change to see the Dream Tour lucking into a swell like this. Standout performances were required from each heat winner. Dane Reynolds and Joel Parkinson scored perfect 10s with Kelly Slater taking the highest heat total of the day, dropping two 9s out of his combined scores. If you could give the day of competition a score it would have to be a 9.9 or perhaps even a 10. Click through to review some of the top performances of the day. Pictured above Dane Reynolds on his way to scoring a perfect 10 point ride during Round 2. Check out the heat video HERE.

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Speed blur, and it was fast ... Mick Campbell

Speed blur, and it was fast ... Mick Campbell

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King Kelly was truly back to form as he stormed through his Round 2 match-up destroying Nic Muscroft 18.84 to 9.34. With two throwaway 9 point rides Kelly effectively won his heat twice over. He also made waves with the news becoming public knowledge of him being a main player in a potential breakaway tour. Read Tim Baker's ASL story HERE. Alternatively if you want to just want to watch him at his best click HERE.

Mick Campbell

Undercover ... Bede Durbidge

Undercover ... Bede Durbidge

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Mick Campbell pulled into a few barrels during his Heat 10 triumph over Tim Reyes in the late afternoon. Check out the heat video HERE

Bede Durbidge

Came from behind to win ... Michel Bourez

Came from behind to win ... Michel Bourez

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Bede slipped through a classic heat against Greg Emslie who surfed to a really high standard throughout. Check out the heat video HERE

Michel Bourez

Eliminated from the event by Bourez  ... Mick Fanning

Eliminated from the event by Bourez ... Mick Fanning

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Michel Bourez of Tahiti bottoms turns on his way to defeating Mick Fanning in Round 2. Check out the video HERE.

Mick Fanning

Right direction ... Kai Otton

Right direction ... Kai Otton

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Mick Fanning of Australia floats off the top of during his Round 2 elimination. Mick was on fire for most of the round only narrowly losing right at the death by 17.17 to 18.27 to an outstanding ride by Michel Bourez. Check out the heat video HERE

Kai Otton

It got pretty hairy for Kai Otton in his hard-fought 12.90 to 11.23 victory over Fredrick Patacchia. Check out the heat video HERE


Ed Temperley

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