Bourez and Fitzgibbons claim Billabong Rio Pro

BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Monday, May 12, 2014): An epic Finals day at the Billabong Rio Pro and Rio Women’s Pro presented by Billabong saw Michel Bourez and Sally Fitzgibbons claim victory after a day of barreling waves at Barra Da Tijuca. 

Michel Bourez won his second WCT event of the season, besting defending event winner Jordy Smith and veteran Taj Burrow before his win over California prodigy Kolohe Andino in a hard-fought final. The Tahitian struck first in the 30 minute affair, posting his two keeper scores of 7.17 and 6.67 in the opening half of the heat. The win vaults Bourez to No. 4 on the ASP WCT rankings.

“This win is amazing and I feel great,” said Michel Bourez. “I didn’t expect to win two events in the same year so it feels brilliant. It’s great to be here in Rio and have another win - I'm so happy. I’m really glad I came and to have a final against a good friend of mine is wonderful. He (Kolohe Andino) is someone I think will be huge in a few years. Rio is beautiful, I love this place. There’s so many things going on and so many people that are passionate about sports and surfing.” 

Kolohe Andino was in stellar form throughout the entirety of the Billabong Rio Pro blending his prowess for the barrel with his above-the-lip game. The progressive talent topped Travis Logie, Bede Durbidge, and 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater while advancing to his first career WCT final, but failed to find the scores needed to surpass Bourez for the win.

“I have so many good memories of Brazil,” said Kolohe Andino. “To make my first WCT Final here in front of the wonderful crowd is a pleasure. I’m very happy with the result.”

Sally Fitzgibbons claimed her first major victory this year, winning the Rio Women’s Pro presented by Billabong with a sensational performance against reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore. While Moore jumped out to an early lead, Fitzgibbons fought back, posting scores of 9.27 and 7.00, securing her second career Rio Women’s Pro victory. Fitzgibbons defeated Coco Ho and defending event winner Tyler Wright before defeating the Hawaiian for the win. Her effort moves her to No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings behind Moore, who remains at No. 1.

“A lot of hard work went into this victory and I’m so happy,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “There’s a great rivalry between myself and Carissa. We always have such great battles and I knew I had to step things up after the Semifinal to take the win. The crowd was sending me great vibes out in the water and that really helped. It’s a long year but I think I have a lot of strong surfing left in me. I’m really excited to get over to Fiji and try and get another result like this.”

Carissa Moore entered her third consecutive final of the season on fire, smashing an excellent 8.50 on her opening ride against Sally Fitzgibbons. While the Hawaiian was unable to put a stop the Australian’s retaliation, the second place finish extends her lead on the ASP Women’s WCT Rankings.

“I wish I had won here in Rio like I did three years ago,” said Carissa Moore. “You come so close and then you don’t get it so of course you’re upset. It’s okay - this is what happens in competition.” 

11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater earned the only perfect 10-point ride of Billabong Rio Pro competition on the very first wave of finals day against Brazilian favorite Adriano de Souza. Slater was unable to maintain his momentum, however, falling to Andino in the Semifinals. Slater’s third place effort vaults the Floridian atop the ASP WCT rankings entering the upcoming event in Fiji.

"I owe that guy (Adriano de Souza),” said Kelly Slater. “He's been killing me - I think he won six in a row against me before today. I felt good this morning and spent a lot of time last night thinking about the situation. It’s important to get into the Quarterfinals. I've had enough of losing to that guy for now. I wanted to try and do well here because I haven’t done well here in a while.”

Billabong Rio Pro Final Result:

  • Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.84 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.43

Rio Women’s Pro Final Result:

  • Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.27

Billabong Rio Pro Semifinal Results:

  • Semifinal 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.73 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17
  • Semifinal 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.30 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33

Rio Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:

  • Semifinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.97 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.00
  • Semifinal 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.17 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.80

Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinal Results:

  • Quarterfinal 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.37
  • Quarterfinal 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.44 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 7.40
  • Quarterfinal 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.67
  • Quarterfinal 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.66 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.20

Rio Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:

  • Quarterfinal 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.47 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.26
  • Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.50 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.00
  • Quarterfinal 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.37 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.43
  • Quarterfinal 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.77 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 12.90

Billabong Rio Pro Round 5 Results:

  • Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 3.37
  • Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.83 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.17
  • Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8.10
  • Heat 4: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.76 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.17


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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 9:03am

Who said firewires (epoxys) don't go good in shit waves.

Kinda weird both winners on Firewires and both second placers on Mayhems.

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Hastoes Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 12:49pm

And i might add, did the firewire boards in question end up snapping in half in the middle of the heat?

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 3:46pm

ha ha..did one really?.....Classic.

Yeah there definitely not unbreakable, no board is, they still are lots more durable then PU boards though as are other similar epoxy composites.

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Hastoes Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 6:12pm

Crap I just re-read my post, and it sounded like I implied that someone broke an epoxy through the middle of a heat, but to my knowledge no firewire has been snapped at this event. And that was my point that they seem more durable than your normal board.
Ive had mine for five years and haven't had a single compression or crease. I had previously been breaking on average at least one board if not two a year.

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zenagain Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 9:11am

•Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.83 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.17


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stunet Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 9:14am

And who said power surfers can't win in gurgly beachbreaks. Bet no-one had Michel as their Fantasy Surfer favourite.

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thermalben Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 9:15am

Not sure about the actual numbers but Kolohe won the event despite receiving an interference (i.e. he won it with a single wave score). 

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donweather Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 11:05am

That would have to be the first time that's ever happened wouldn't it?

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thermalben Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 12:57pm

Surely it has happened before? However I imagine it's a very rare occurence. Someone else might have this stat handy.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 12:55pm

in scrappy close-outs the results were pure luck.

power surfer, aerialist whatever.

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stunet Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 1:05pm

Yeah, I guess that was the point of my earlier post. In those kind of conditions no-one surfs to form, the commentators can bleat all the want about past history and statistics and whatnot, but the result comes down to dumb luck. 

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 3:47pm

And thats what really sucks.

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mackdog Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 2:53pm

What was Pottz dribbling about during the commentary?
Since when does the leader on the WCT rankings wear a yellow jersey?
I think he said it half a dozen times trying to make conversation during rd 5.
He must be looking forward to the Tour de France

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zenagain Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 4:36pm

Didn't you know mackdog? After Michel left the podium they presented him with the green jacket and he got to choose this years menu at the ASP banquet.

It's all frightfully civilised old chap.

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rat-race Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 5:50pm

RE: Yellow jersey,
The ASP has instigated that the No1 ranked surfer will wear the yellow jersey/rashie in all heats.
So... As KS is now No1. ( I believe) he will wear the yellow rashie in Fiji. I believe that Carissa was also wearing it in all of her heats.
I'm slightly confused though because Slater should have been wearing it in the Semi against K-Lo as he had already jumped past G-Med by then... Perhaps the ASP are still slightly unsure of how the world title scoring system works?

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zenagain Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 7:18pm

If Chopes is macking this year, will there be a fight over who gets to wear the brown boardshorts?

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memlasurf Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 5:14pm

And they kept referring to Potter as one of the most successful surfers of all time. Hang on didn't he only win one world title? Are they pumping up their own tyres or what. Potter was a great surfer however there are quite a few around now. Geez am I glad that contest is over it was seriously embarrassing. Looked like Portsea on a really bad day.

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simba Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 6:01pm

yeah i woke up at 3:45 this morning and thought i would tune in and it got worse as it went on,wish i had stayed in bed.Felt sorry for Parkos heat he tried everything but the waves were soooo bad he just couldnt get a score worth having and old De snooza couldnt buy a wave in his heat against Kelly.To sum the contest up ......Crap...dont go back there ASP...please.