It’s certainly hard to take out both brothers at once, but in the third round of the Quiksilver Pro, Hanalei’s Bruce Irons, the younger brother of three-time world champion, Andy, was upset
by Brazil’s Raoni Monteiro.
Irons, who landed a huge aerial on the flat of a wave early in the heat to score a 9.0 out of 10, looked to have the situation under control and was perhaps counting his chickens too early.
Monteiro, who was struggling
to find quality waves, kept chipping away and in the last minute, grabbed a wave and launched an incredibly high aerial followed by an even more amazing frontside tail slide re-entry for the win.
“I just worked so hard out there to get some good waves at the end,” Monteiro said in a press release. “At the beginning I did nothing and couldn’t find a good wave. But I just kept believing in myself and had to fight until the end and I came away with the win. I’m just really
happy at the moment. I’m trying to do a few things different
from last year as I got off to a slow start. I want to get some good results under my belt so it takes the pressure off later.”
Meanwhile, Andy was little disappointed in his own performance,
but he took the win over David Weare, in stride and is looking forward to getting the job done on hopefully more long winding point-style waves.
“I got a bunch of small scores at the beginning and then I got one that opened up and allowed me to get some good turns in,” Irons said. “The whole time I knew that Davey could be difficult
in these types of conditions but he didn’t get too many open- faced waves so it was good luck for me. I came to the Gold Coast to surf the Superbank and it would be nice to surf around there tomorrow but I have some great boards that are suited to here, so bring it on!”
There is also a lot of hype surrounding a potential final containing seven-time Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour champions
Kelly Slater and Irons.
Hanalei rookie Roy Powers fell in round three against Damien
Hobgood, who scored a 13.50 compared to Powers’ 8.33.
Round four heats are expected
to take place later this week.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.