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Zietz was in flawless form, eliminating defending Vans Triple Crown champion John John Florence (HAW) in Round 3. Zietz wins a record $100,000 bonus in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Series, hydrated by vitaminwater, as well as a $30,000 Harley Davidson and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch. "I kind of wasn't ready for it," Zietz said. "John John (Florence) is my favorite surfer at the moment. He missed that first one and I got priority from him. He was looking at Backdoor, so I knew it must have been good. I saw him fall on that last one and it was lucky for me and unlucky for John. I'm still focused on the contest, this all hasn't really sunk in yet and I'll celebrate everything after it's over. But beating John John I feel like I can beat anyone."© 2014 ASP/Dunbar
The ASP World Title Race drama continued today as Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning put on a show in the classic Pipeline conditions while battling for their respective rights to win the coveted Billabong Pipe Masters. Joel Parkinson, current ASP WCT No. 1, improved his chances of clinching a maiden ASP World Title, taking a Round 3 win over deadly wildcard Kalani Chapman with textbook barrels at Backdoor "It's good to get in the water and start the game," Parkinson said. "It was torture watching yesterday, but it's a nervous frustration. You've got to scramble at the start and stay patient at the end. I tried to get a couple of early ones and then wait. I got folded on a crazy left and then found that perfect drainer on the right. Backdoor can offer the best section to lay one over and it had the perfect part to lay one over. It felt so good to do that." Mick Fanning who was in contention for the title heading into the event, was eliminated from competition by wildcard Shane Dorian, ending his chances of a 3rd ASP World Title.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Kelly Slater, current ASP WCT No. 2, was methodical in his Round 3 heat, navigating both Pipeline and Backdoor with precision for a commanding win over wildcard Billy Kemper. Slater earned the day's highest heat total, an 18.63 out of 20, for his efforts. "It drives you nuts when you're in the event and the waves are so good on the opening day," Slater said. "Backdoor got a little better today because the swell got a little more North, but last night was A-plus Pipe and everyone knew about it. There are really good waves out there. We were scrapping to get anything going and I just got in synch. Billy (Kemper) and I were scrapping for sure and he let me know he wanted to win that heat as bad as I did." "We've had enough time to think about it," Slater said. "We're all processing it in our different ways. Mick (Fanning) is probably the most relaxed because he's a long shot. He knows what he has to do, he needs to win heats, whereas if I make it through the next heat then Parko (Joel Parkinson) has to beat me, but Joel and I aren't going to come up against each other unless we're in the Final. If you're thinking about that during your heat, you're not thinking about what's going on in the water. You have to be clear minded from all of that stuff."© 2014 ASP/
Reynolds, a wildcard into the event, posted the only perfect 10-point ride of the Billabong Pipe Masters so far, driving through a deep backdoor barrel en route to eliminating Adriano de Souza in Round 3. Reynolds' perfect score came in his second heat victory of the day after besting Kai Otton, in Round 2 in their morning match up. "There weren't any rights out there," Reynolds said. "It just looks like the right swell and size for the rights but they weren't coming in. On my right, it was crumbly and I was trying to get under the lip. It crumbled and I just got under the whitewash. I was deep and just pushed through it. It's the first 10 I got out here. I've been competing a lot this year still. I don't think there is a shifting of gears, you're just trying to make due with what comes to you."© 2014 ASP/
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