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UPDATE: SLATER ELIMINATED: World Title Race Wide Open

Kelly Slater © ASP/Kirstin

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Drama Goes Down in Thumping Supertubos

Surf News, 18 October, 2012 :  The Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, has been called ON this morning. Rounds 4 and 5 as well as the Quarterfinals are on standby.

'It’s a solid four-to-six feet (1 – 1.5 metres) out there this morning and we’ll be commencing at 8:15am,' Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. 'It’s a bit rough, but there are some good sections and we anticipate a full day of competition. Round 3 is pau and Rounds 4 and 5 as well.  Quarterfinals...

Supertubos. Peniche, Portugal - Eleven-time world surfing champion and current world no.2 Kelly Slater has been sensationally eliminated from round three of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal to leave the ASP World Title race wide open. World no.32 Raoni Monterio didn’t hold back in the thumping 6-8ft waves at Supertubos to have Slater uncharacteristically on the back foot for most of the 30-minute match-up.

Despite hunting the line-up, Slater failed to find any waves with scoring potential to finish on a heat total of 5.27 to his opponent’s total tally of 9.20. Slater said it was one of the most frustrating heats of his career and remains philosophical about the road ahead and the final two events of the season in Santa Cruz and Hawaii.

Just back from injury, an elated Monterio said he knew he had to give his all to defeat the world’s best surfer.


Raoni Monterio © ASP/Kirstin

The 2012 ASP World Title will be awarded to the surfer with the best eight out of 10 ASP WCT results by year’s end. Slater currently carries three event wins (Fiji, Trestles and France), but also a 25th for an absence in Brazil and now two 13ths (Tahiti, Portugal) – today’s result will damage his campaign for a twelfth ASP World Title.

Currently world no.1 Joel Parkinson, world no.3 Mick Fanning and world no.4 John John Florence all remain in contention for the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugal title. (further updates to follow today).

In an earlier upset, teenage tour rookie Kolohe Andino (USA) continued his giant killing run eliminating world no.5 Taj Burrow from the days opening heat of Round 3. Eighteen year-old Andino locked in a 7.00 wave score (out of a possible 10) under Burrow’s priority to advance into this afternoon’s all-important Round 4 heats. The Californian young gun also defeated Burrow in the previous French event.

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RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 10.17 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.70
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.66 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 7.60
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12:50 Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.33
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.24 Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.50
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.33. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.43
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.73 Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.17
Heat 7: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.20 Kelly Slater (USA) 5.27
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16:00 Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.23

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)

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