We awoke this morning to playful 3 - 4 foot a-frames up and down the shoreline and immediately made the call to start competition for Round 1 of the Billabong Pro Rio. It was a day full of upsets and down to the minute heats.
Local favorite and world number one Gabriel Medina flew his way over Round 2 and straight into Round 3. Photo: ASP
Kolohe Andino put on a big performance to take down World Champ Mick Fanning. Photo: ASP
Taj Burrow put together a well constructed heat to advance straight into the third round. Photo: ASP
Last year's event winner Jordy Smith kept his Rio momentum rolling with a strong Round 1 victory. Photo: ASP
Another local favorite, Filipe Toledo, posted the highest single wave score of the day with a 9.43 in his Round 1 heat. Photo: ASP
John John Florence took to the air and the barrel to defeat Matt Wilkinson and CJ Hobgood in the last minute. Photo: ASP
It took everything he had, but Joel Parkinson found a way to defeat Jeremy Flores and Glen Hall in Round 1. Photo: ASP
Californian Nat Young found the ramps to advance over local favorites Miguel Pupo and Alejo Muniz. Photo: ASP
Josh Kerr loves to boost, so it was no surprise when he took to the air to win his Round 1 heat. Photo: ASP
In another big upset, Mitch Crews defeated Kelly Slater and Peterson Crisanto in Round 1. Photo: ASP
Lots of big matchups to look forward to when we resume competition for Round 2.