Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Relaxation Round

With only four heats run today, most of the action occured on the beach... Photo: Dorsey

With only four heats run today, most of the action occured on the beach... Photo: Dorsey

Except when the air-off went down between Jordy, Owen, and Jadson in the water. Jordy, the victor. Photo: Dorsey

Except when the air-off went down between Jordy, Owen, and Jadson in the water. Jordy, the victor. Photo: Dorsey

The non-elimination three-man heats of Round 5 started and completed today in Portugal. Davo got a questionable interference, Wilko doesn’t seem to have anything left in the tank after yesterday, Kelly surfed good, but Jordy surfed the best. Maybe Jordy ain’t ready to hand number 10 over to the old man that quick? We shall see…

Jadson was tossing air reverses out as usual, and as usual they were massive. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson was tossing air reverses out as usual, and as usual they were massive. Photo: Dorsey

And Owen had to get himself into the game as well. Photo: Dorsey

And Owen had to get himself into the game as well. Photo: Dorsey

CHECK OUT THE DAY 3 PHOTOS.

CHECK OUT THE DAY 2 PHOTOS.

CHECK OUT THE DAY 1 PHOTOS.

CHECK OUT CARISSA MOORE'S WIN IN THE WOMEN'S EVENT.

Jordy is looking pretty damn collected for a kid who's basically the only one able to challenge Slater's 10th. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy is looking pretty damn collected for a kid who's basically the only one able to challenge Slater's 10th. Photo: Dorsey

I see a tattoo on the pelvis there... Photo: Dorsey

I see a tattoo on the pelvis there... Photo: Dorsey


RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.77, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.03, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.50
Heat 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 13.60, Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.83, Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.08
Heat 3:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.07, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.73, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.17
Heat 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.16, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.57, Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3:Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 4:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

CONTINUE TO THE NEXT PAGE.

"Did you see my heat yesterday? I beat Taj Burrow and killed another World Title hope for him. Want to get a drink after my heat?" Wilko's game. Photo: Dorsey

"Did you see my heat yesterday? I beat Taj Burrow and killed another World Title hope for him. Want to get a drink after my heat?" Wilko's game. Photo: Dorsey

Except it backfired (maybe) because Wilko went out and scored a total of five-and-a-half points. She looks disappointed... Photo: Dorsey

Except it backfired (maybe) because Wilko went out and scored a total of five-and-a-half points. She looks disappointed... Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudang. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudang. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson doing his thing—he'll be up against fellow rookie Pat G. tomorrow in Round 5. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson doing his thing—he'll be up against fellow rookie Pat G. tomorrow in Round 5. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright with another slob today. Slob, not a mute. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright with another slob today. Slob, not a mute. Photo: Dorsey

And the airshow with the three of them kept going... Jordy. Photo: Dorsey

And the airshow with the three of them kept going... Jordy. Photo: Dorsey

CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE.

Owen Wright faces newly-turned giant killer Travis Logie tomorrow. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright faces newly-turned giant killer Travis Logie tomorrow. Photo: Dorsey

Why am I not in Portugal??? Photo: Dorsey

Why am I not in Portugal??? Photo: Dorsey

Kelly, focused on that numero diez. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly, focused on that numero diez. Photo: Dorsey

Damea Dorsey's "Wish You Were Here" postcard sent to the edit staff... Photo: Dorsey

Damea Dorsey's "Wish You Were Here" postcard sent to the edit staff... Photo: Dorsey

BELGAS, Peniche/Portugal (Wednesday, October 13, 2010) – The Rip Curl Pro Portugal completed Round 4 this afternoon in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Belgas.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal executed the three-man, non-elimination Round 4 this afternoon with surfers pushing the boundaries of high-performance surfing and the event setting up for a possible finish tomorrow.

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 2, proved the form surfer of the day, netting a near-perfect 9.93 out of a possible 10 for an incredible aerial 360.

"That score didn't change my approach much actually," Smith said. "Jadson (Andre) and Owen (Wright) can pull big scores out at any moment. I knew I could ease up and needed a solid backup score."

One of the remaining threats in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title, Smith remains nonchalant when discussing his plans for the end of the year.

"It would be nice to win but there's more to life than just the title," Smith said. "It's an incredible opportunity for me to have for someone at my age and I'm just looking forward to the end of the year. I'm enjoying myself."

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, dominated his Round 4 heat today, taking advantage of the non-elimination format.

"This round definitely allows you to relax and loosen up a bit for sure," Slater said. "Of course, winning today takes the pressure off a little bit and let's you bypass a round on the last day."

Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 6, opened up today's action in incredible form this morning, dispatching of Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, and Michel Bourez (PYF), 24, en route to his advancement to the Quarterfinals.

"It's really fun out there but kind of hard to find the ones that really line up," Buchan said. "Matty (Wilkinson) and Michel (Bourez) were really getting frustrated out there, but I was just focusing on picking good waves and surfing them completely."

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, current ASP World No. 20, kept the European contingent progressing through the day, taking out his Round 4 bout and moving to the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

"It's all good," Flores said. "As long as I win heats, I'm stoked. I haven't had the best waves in the last few heats but today was pretty fun. The last few years, I've been trying add airs and fin throws to my repertoire and it hasn't been working. I've moved back to what I do best and it's been working really well for me. I'm stoked to be in the Quarterfinals and hope I can keep going."

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 8am at the primary site of Supertubos to assess conditions for a possible 8:30am start.

When competition resumes, up first will be Michel Bourez (PYF), 24, up against Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, in Heat 1 of Round 5.

Magicseaweed, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for the swell to fill in for a potential finish tomorrow at Supertubos.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be available via live.ripcurl.com.

For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.77, Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.03, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5.50
Heat 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 13.60, Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.83, Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.08
Heat 3:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.07, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.73, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.17
Heat 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.16, Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.57, Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Chris Davidson (AUS)
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3:Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 4:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)