On the verge of number eleven, it’s Ke11y Slater now…

After another incredible day of surfing in Portugal Kelly Slater is one step closer to winning his almost-unfair 11th World Surfing Title.

On the final day of competition Supertubos delivered the goods, with deep barrel riding the theme of the day, and some incredible showdowns.

Thanks to Europe’s surplus of daylight, the event was wrapped up in just under three days.

After Slater got past Taj Burrow in the semifinal with another last-minute 10 point ride, he looked poised to take his third victory in the last five tries.

But the fire in Brazilian Adriano De Souza’s belly was red hot, and he came out blazing in the final with a 9.0, and he held on to take an impressive victory over the seemingly unstoppable Slater.

As usual, Slater was amassing inhuman heat totals in his heats leading up to the final: 19.50, 18.70, 19.30. But Slater’s wave magnetism seemed to disappear in the final. Meanwhile, Adriano made his way into the final by way of some razor thin margins of victory, including the final which was decided by .95.

Now, with only San Francisco and Pipeline left to go and a 12,500 point lead, it would take an absolute act of King Triton himself to topple Kelly’s title hopes. Should he finish ninth or better in the next event he would mathematically clinch world title number 11.

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING FINAL RESULTS:
1 –
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.67
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 14.73

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:
Kelly Slater (USA) 19.50 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.87
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.03

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:
Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.94 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.50
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.70 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 7.67
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.60 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.53
QF 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.60

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING HEAT 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.83 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 3.50
Heat 2: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.40 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.74
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 18.93 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 17.96
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.44 def. John John Florence (HAW) 17.06

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.13, Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.70, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.10
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.30, Heitor Alves (BRA) 17.20, Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.40
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.30, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.64, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.67
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.00, John John Florence (HAW) 17.84, Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.10

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL REMAINING ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 9:
Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.60 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 8.10
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.56 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.30
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.27 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.54
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) 17.33 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 16.96

ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (after Rip Curl Pro Portugal)
1.
Kelly Slater (USA) 58,150 pts
2. Owen Wright (AUS) 45,650 pts
3. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,450 pts
4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 41,100 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 40,950 pts