Kelly has won title number eleven for the second time. In stormy onshore peaks at Ocean Beach, Slater was able to out-surf the Brazilian duo of Medina and Pupo to claim his round 4 heat, book a spot in the quarterfinals, and mathematically clinch his unheard-of 11th world surfing title.
The young goofyfoots put up quite a fight in the puntable conditions. Neither of them was able to land anything huge though, which is what it’s going to take down the champ, especially when the ASP owes him a world title because they made an unbelievably amateur error the other day..
The day would also hold a couple more bits of drama. Patrick Gudauskas, sitting at 34 in the ranking, absolutely needs a result in this event in order to secure a spot on tour next year, much like last year when he was facing elimination after the tahiti event. Much like last year, he was able to throw down a flip in order to win his heat, except this time he may have fractured his ankle in the process. This flip was a much loftier version of the trick, and his back foot was compressed on the landing, causing him to ride out in agonizing pain. Ex-rays will show if he has any chance of competing in his round 5 heat, which will most likely be run on Tuesday. Jordy Smith, who is no stranger to heat injuries, was unable to get the heat win despite ten minutes in the lineup by himself.
Josh Kerr boooked himself a quarterfinal slot in dramatic fashion, pulling out an enormous alley-oop in the dying seconds for a 9.53 to vault himself past Parko. In his attempts leading up to his final waves, he came within a hair of pulling a massive 540 alley-oop. Check it on the live replay for the sickest 1.67 you’ll ever see.
Competition will look to resume tomorrow, and the forecast for Tuesday is shaping up very nicely.
UPCOMING RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.67, Taylor Knox (USA) 9.94, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.43
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.17, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.33, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.83
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.60, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.83, Owen Wright (AUS) 9.36
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.63, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.57, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 0.00
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.44 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.83
Heat 12: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.46 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.90