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BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Friday, March 29, 2013) Kolohe Andino (USA). - The ASP Top 34 returned to battle today as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford completed Round 1 of competition in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Bells Beach..Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for this year's world surfing crown and the perennial threats were in blistering form on opening day..Kelly Slater (USA), 41, 11-time ASP World Champion, posted an emphatic victory over a lethal Adam Melling (AUS), 28, and wildcard Jacob Willcox (AUS), 15, in Round 1 of competition this afternoon. Slater's commanding display at Rincon point netted him the day's high heat total of an 18.07 out of a possible 20, including a near-perfect 9.70 on his final wave of the heat...Following a Runner-Up finish in 2012, Slater is back with a vengeance this season, collecting a win at the opening event on the Gold Coast and announcing his intentions for the year ahead..Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, reigning ASP World Champion, has collected three Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach victories (2004, 2009, 2011) throughout his storied career and the stylish natural-footer continued his impressive run at the iconic break in Round 1 this morning..Parkinson was joined by Gold Coast stablemate and two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009) Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, today as back-to-back Round 1 victors with Fanning slicing through the morning conditions and directly into Round 3..Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, current ASP WCT No. 5, survived a hard-fought battle with Kai Otton (AUS), 33, and Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 27, to punctuate this morning's action...Long considered one of the premiere surfers on the planet, Wilson's start to the 2013 season has positioned the young Sunshine Coaster in the hunt for the 2013 ASP World Title..While the top seeds dominated the opening day proceedings, rookies Nat Young (USA), 21, and Filipe Toledo (BRA), 17,
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Friday, March 29, 2013) Kolohe Andino (USA). - The ASP Top 34 returned to battle today as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford completed Round 1 of competition in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Bells Beach..Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for this year's world surfing crown and the perennial threats were in blistering form on opening day..Kelly Slater (USA), 41,...
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