Julian Wilson boosting to his first ASP World Championship Tour win in Portugal
FRIDAY OCT. 19 -- Cold sideshore winds and rain greeted the crowd as they made their way onto the beach today at Supertubes after a couple of lay days at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. The overnight storm hadn't done much damage to the contest structure or the contest sandbanks but the rain had knocked out the Internet and one of the generators caught fire. And the day's biggest drama was still a couple of hours away, including Raoni Monteiro up against Kelly Slater.
As their heat got underway the conditions were less than ideal with a rip running through the middle of the break and not a lot of clean open face waves on offer, but in the previous heat, Parkinson had wave scores of 8.40 and 6.33 points. It probably wasn't until the last 10 minutes of the heat that anyone seriously considered the possibility that Slater wasn't going to get through. Neither surfer had really put any scoring waves on the board even though Monteiro had a 5.50 for a small one with three turns.
"I knew I had Kelly," Monteiro said later. "I was trying to relax as much as I could and I planned to go out and catch as many barrels as I could. The thing about our heat was that there weren't any barrels. That's why I went for those turns on the small inside one. I was also thinking he had more pressure on him because of the world title race and I had no pressure. They gave me five point something and I felt that was a turning point in the heat. I think Kelly was thinking barrels, barrels, barrels and there weren't any. (laughing) I did it -- I made the heat and I'm stoked."
As the contest carried on , and in a heat that could wind up pitting surfers together for the next 20 years, Gabriel Medina won a battle of the rising stars, sending Kolohe Andino and John John Florence to surf round five.
By the end of the day, Florence and Parkinson were through to the quarters, but John John's run stopped there, as PArko came out victorious. Owen Wright knocked out Mick Fanning in round five, but then later lost to Julian Wilson in the quarters. Fanning is still in the hunt while Slater's job got tougher today.
There are two events to go and the crowning of the next champ is going to come down to the last event at Pipeline. Slater's record at Pipe is unmatched, but over the past year and a half Florence has won unsanctioned contests, star events, and a Triple Crown with his efforts at Pipe. Parkinson is no slouch in Hawaii either, with three Triple Crown titles to his name. It is certainly going to be an interesting end to the year.
Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, has claimed his maiden ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) victory today, besting a rampaging Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, in the dying seconds of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played host to pivotal moments in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as today’s dramatic culmination between two rising superstars.
In a re-match of the surfers’ Final bout from France last season, Medina and Wilson went blow-for-blow in today’s Final in front of a capacity crowd at Supertubos. While Medina favored a more technical approach to the heat, executing a number of progressive maneuvers, it was Wilson’s barrel sense and combination ability that ultimately tipped the heat in the final moments.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Wilson said. “I lost to Gabriel (Medina) on the buzzer last year in France and to beat him back again on the buzzer, I don’t even know how to describe the feeling. He was trying to hold onto the lead in the end there, he pretty much did what I did in the Final last year in France. He was too busy worrying about me, and that wave came in the dying moments and that was the scorer. I don’t know what to say, I’m just so happy.”
Wilson’s final wave, a multi-section barrel followed by a number of turns, came in at an 8.43 and gave the Australian the edge with no time left on the clock. Both surfers arrived to the shoreline without knowing who had won the Final.
Today’s win vaults Wilson from No. 12 to No. 6 on the ASP WCT rankings and sets him amongst the very best surfers in the world for the final leg of the 2012 season.
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.50 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.33
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.24 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.50
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.33 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.43
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.73 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.17
Heat 7: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.20 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 5.27
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.23
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.27 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.83
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.43 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.33
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.27 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.60
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.77 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 9.84
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.50, Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.80, John John Florence (HAW) 5.77
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.30, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.53, Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.26
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.46, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.07, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.40
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.10, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.06, Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.93
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.57 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.84
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 17.03 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 5.80
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 18.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.54
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING ROUND 5 MATCH-UP:
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS:
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Julian Wilson vs. Gabriel Medina
ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts
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