Durbidge in Rio Pro final eight

IT CONTINUES to be a mixed bag of results for Gold Coast surfers at the Rio Pro.

Bede Durbidge has produced the best performance of the day (16.33 points out of 20) to launch into the quarter finals of the ASP world tour event.

He’s joined by fellow Australian Taj Burrow as well as South African Jordy Smith and American Nat Young, but local favourite and championship leader Gabriel Medina was eliminated.


Gold Coaster and former world champion Joel Parkinson narrowly lost his heat 11.53 to 11.24 to end up in the repechage round five, along with countryman Josh Kerr and evergreen American Kelly Slater.

They will now have a second chance to stay in the competition.