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Round 4 with surprises at the Quiksilver Pro NY 2011"I've never beaten Kelly and I'm just so stoked right now", Josh Kerr

By Andrew Berlin, Correspondent Long Beach
photos by Brian Bohlman

The world's best surfers tore through a marathon on the day 3 of competition with some incredible performances to decide the event's quarterfinalists in pumping six foot (1.5 metre) surf.


Brazilian Heitor Alves, greets a young fan after his heat.

Heitor Alves had an unbelievable day knocking out both Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. "I can't believe it," Alves said. "I'm so tired right now after surfing three heats and happy too. I beat Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning. Thanks to God for everything he has given me. I'm looking for my best result, maybe I'll find it here." He even said that it reminded him of J Bay at points, wow! That maybe an over statement but New York will surely take the compliment.

Owen Wright has become a highlight surfer here at this event scoring a 9.80 today Thursday 8th and knocking out CJ Hobgood. CJ is now officially off the tour with this loss. "I just went out there and knew it would be a hard heat with C.J. (Hobgood) needing a result and me wanting a result," Wright said. "I was excited to get out there to have a good heat. I put together a good one and C.J. just didn't find his rhythm. I really enjoyed it and had a really good time."

Josh Kerr has been the king of this contest throwing in tricks that have rarely been seen and boosting what must have been 2 meters above the waves. He will go against Kelly Slater in the quarterfinals. "I can't believe it just happened like that," Kerr said. "I didn't expect to make that varial and when I did I thought, 'it's time to go now.' Then I got one straight after it. I couldn't have planned it any better. The fans are really cool and it's great to be in New York with everyone screaming, it's great. I definitely gained confidence from that heat. I've never beaten Kelly (Slater) and I'm just so stoked right now."

 
Good weather brought a bigger crowd right on time for the end of round 3
   
 
   
 
Local surfers were also surfing Katia's waves on Thursday september 8th at Long Beach

Thursday results posted below including the quarterfinal match ups. There are 8 surfers left. Who will take the prize?

UPCOMING QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK QUARTERFINALS MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
QF2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)

QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.60 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.93
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 6.67
Heat 3: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.57 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.00
Heat 4: Julian Wilson AUS) 13.97 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.27

QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.93, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.77, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.37
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 19.27, Kelly Slater (USA) 16.20, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.50
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.10, Heitor Alves (BRA) 8.64, Fred Patacchia (HAW) 7.13
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.37, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.30

QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.33 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 10.83
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA) *Was not surfed. Martinez disqualified from competition.
Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.14 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.07
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.37 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.33
Heat 9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 16.43 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.67
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.80 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.14
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.03 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 12.57
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS) 18.67 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.77


 

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