Round three got underway with pumping sets after four consecutive lay days during the Oakley Pro Bali at Keramas, Bali.
Taj Burrow drove down the line and nailed sweeping forehand carves in heat one, locking in an 8.50 as his top score of the heat.
Burrow placed Brazilian competitor Miguel Pupo into a combination situation as he backed up his first score with a 7.33, taking the lead and progressing through to the fourth round.
A tough battle occurred in heat three as Joel Parkinson just scraped into first position with an 18.60 against Damien Hobgood’s 18.26.
Parkinson pulled into a long barrel ride, transitioning into a round house cutback to score a 9.43 backed up with an equally strong 9.17.
With under 30 seconds to go, Damien Hobgood scrambled for a wave and managed to post an almost perfect 9.93, just unable to top Joel Parkinson’s score.
Josh Kerr selected waves carefully in heat four, locking onto a huge deep barrel and securing an 8.67, followed by another 8.03 barrel linked together with a wrapping carve.
Filipe Toledo was put into a combination situation by Kerr, unable to find the waves to secure a two wave score of 16.71.
John John Florence proved powerful in heat five as he gouged a vicious carve into a wave, using the full extent of his rail to rip the water to shreds.
Florence combined an 8.67 and a 7.60 for a two wave score of 16.07, defeating Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz respectively.
The overhead conditions caused many boards and equipment to be damaged, with Jeremy Flores also taking a nasty gash to his ankle, narrowly missing his Achilles, requiring stitches.
Nat Young released a series of powerful hacks in heat nine, posting a combined two wave score of 16.10 and taking the win against Kai Otton.
Michel Bourez also proved successful against Brazilian Gabriel Medina in heat 10, scoring an 8.67 combined with an 8.27 for a final mid range total of 16.94.
An upset was caused within the dying seconds of heat 12 as Jordy Smith was defeated respectively by Hawaiian Fredrick Patacchia.
Smith was unable to locate the waves that Patacchia waited patiently for during a 15 minute waiting period during the heat, just falling short of a chance at round four.
Round three results:
1. Taj Burrow 15.83 (AUS) 2. Miguel Pupo 9.17 (BRA)
1. CJ Hobgood 12.10 (USA) 2. Adrian Buchan 11.67 (AUS)
1. Joel Parkinson 18.60 (AUS) 2. Damien Hobgood 18.26 (USA)
1. Josh Kerr 16.70 (AUS) 2. Filipe Toledo 6.77 (BRA)
1. John John Florence 16.07 (HAW) 2. Sebastian Zietz 13.87 (HAW)
1. Kelly Slater 13.96 (USA) 2. Putra Hermawan 8.90 (IDN)
1. Mick Fanning 12.53 (AUS) 2. Yadin Nicol 9.73 (AUS)
1. Julian Wilson 14.74 (AUS) 2. Jeremy Flores 9.94 (FRA)
1. Nat Young 16.10 (USA) 2. Kai Otton 15.03 (AUS)
1. Adriano De Souza 13.73 (BRA) 2. Matt Wilkinson 10.67 (AUS)
1. Michel Bourez 16.94 (PYF) 2. Gabriel Medina 8.94 (BRA)
Fredrick Patacchia 12.50 (HAW) 2. Jordy Smith 10.34 (ZAF)
The next call for competition is 6:30am local Bali time (8am AEST) on June 26.
Written by Madison Heinze.