If the opening round of the Quiksilver Pro New York was all about great airs, the second round was all about the airing of grievances.
Despite semi-clean swell from Hurricane Katia filtering in through the day, there were a few very unhappy World Tour surfers.
The most notable bone was the one Bobby Martinez picked with the ASP for its overall structure and apparent similarity to tennis. He unloaded in an interview after beating Bede Durbidge in his round two heat. Martinez has been disqualified and will not surf round three. The ASP stated that he was in violation of several rules from the International rule book.
"I didnt read (the ASP) statement, but I bet it aint good, cuz' they dont like me," Martinez said with a laugh Wednesday night.
Others, particularly Tahitian Michel Bourez, were upset about the conditions and the World Tour's overall return to urban environments and beach breaks.
But not everyone was sour today. Local wildcard, Balaram Stack, didn't fuss when he lost to Mick Fanning. Gabe Kling didn't spout out when he ceded to Damien Hobgood and lost his place on tour. Taylor Knox maintained his poker face, even when he lost to Brett Simpson. Matty Wilkinson threw a bit of a tantrum near the competitor's area, but that was short lived.
Round two and half of round three were completed today. And the surf came to play. Dream bowls it was not, but there were plenty of overhead sets.
"I haven't heard anyone complain about the surf today," said Kieren Perrow, "There were plenty of waves out there."
Perrow made the most of those lines to put down Cory Lopez and kill Lopez's best chance of getting back on the World Tour for the first time since 2007. Perrow bested Lopez by a score of 13.17-12.50 in a heat that many East Coast fans felt could have easily gone the other way.
There was no question of who won the Adriano de Souza vs. Travis Logie bout. Logie, who has made an incredible run to gain back his own lost tour spot, saw his dreams dashed as de Souza basically laid down everything he had -- a serious hack, a backside floater (yes, he still does those) two more fans, a light cutty, and an exclamation pointing air reverse in the shorebreak for a 9.2 -- the highest heat total of the day. Chopping down Logie also helped de Souza's younger Brazilian countrymen, who are on the bubble.
Taj Burrow showed up to punt today, flying to a 17.10 heat total against Adam Melling. Burrow looked completely at ease, flowing the rights to kick insane airs just a few miles from JFK Airport.
The impending guillotine also fell. In addition to Kling, Melling became victim to the ASP's mid-season cutoff. Taylor Knox and Tiago Pires' fate will be decided by the outcome in New York.
Martinez is likely not very remorseful about getting booted. This was, after all, going to be his last event. But surf fans are the ones who will suffer. Martinez was supposed to face Kelly Slater in round three. He beat Slater the last time they met, in Brazil. Now Slater will go straight to the fourth round, robbing New York spectators and webcast fans of a chance to see the 10-time world champ surf one of his rounds, as well as a Martinez-Slater rematch.
Hurricane Katia is no longer strengthening, but she is getting closer to Long Island. The surf should be even bigger tomorrow, and Friday could be the day of the season for New York. The event resumes with the last four heats of round three.
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.20 def. Balaram Stack (USA) 7.06
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.07 def. Asher Nolan (USA) 11.33
Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.10 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.00
Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.06 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.73
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.10 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.27
Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.13 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 10.00
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.93 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.40
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.17 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 12.50
Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 15.70 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.97
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.50 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.43
Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) 12.93 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.20
Heat 12: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.93 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 8.83
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.10 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 12.87
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.60 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.67
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.60 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.73
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.17 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 7.93
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 5: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Bobby Martinez *Will not be surfed. Martinez disqualified from competition.
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)