BELLS BEACH, Australia (AP) — John John Florence won the men’s event after fellow American and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater was eliminated in the quarterfinals, while American Courtney Conlogue took the women’s competition at the Bells Beach World Surf League stop.
Florence beat Filipe Toledo of Brazil in a close final Saturday. Toledo needed a score of 6.98 points when he caught his last wave with 12 seconds left, but the judges awarded 5.90 and Florence won 14.30 to 13.98.
Australian Ryan Callinan defeated Slater 12.67 points to 5.67 in the first quarterfinal heat of the day in two-meter (6 1-2 feet) swells.
Slater was eliminated in his second-round heat in the WSL’s season-opening event two weeks ago on the Gold Coast in Australia’s