Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Elimination Round Recap

The first wave of eliminations at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal went down this morning and there were certainly some shockers. First off, Dane Reynolds losing to Travis Logie? Huh? This one stings for all the Dane lovers out there because it means less time getting to watch him surf now. But if you watch the heat on demand you’ll see Travis was on point with his fronthand barrels and did in fact beat Dane. Now Travis has got a bigger task at hand for Round 3, Mick Fanning.

This is what was on tap at Supertubos on Monday morning. Photo: Dorsey

This is what was on tap at Supertubos on Monday morning. Photo: Dorsey

How Dane throws these turns and loses to Travis Logie is mindboggling. Photo: Dorsey

How Dane throws these turns and loses to Travis Logie is mindboggling. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith both made good of their opponents today (Bruno Santos and Marlon Lipke, respectively) to continue the heated up World Title race. Mick, Kelly, and Jordy will all have to keep matching each other if they all want to be in this thing.

Another big upset today was Dean Morrison taking down current world number 9 Adriano de Souza. Dingo has already made good use of his replacement wildcard in this event (due to Bede Durbidge having a kid) and look for him to continue to take some names in a vengeful assault on those who made the cut. And on de Souza, he’s about to be overtaken by Jadson for highest ranking Brazilian on tour, something I called earlier in the year.

But the performance of the day went to Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan who made Luke Munro look like a fool—18 points to Luke’s 6.24. Ace’s fronthand was smooth and quick and hopefully this keeps the highest rated goofy on tour currently fired up for his heat against Round 1 standout Dusty Payne.—Ryan Brower

CHECK OUT THE DAY 1 PHOTOS.

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

Some local Portuguese talent. Photo: Dorsey

Some local Portuguese talent. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly made easy work of Bruno Santos is Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly made easy work of Bruno Santos is Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson Andre took the last heat of Round 1 and now awaits fellow rookie Brett Simpson in Round 3. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson Andre took the last heat of Round 1 and now awaits fellow rookie Brett Simpson in Round 3. Photo: Dorsey

AI was in form today but just lost out to Kai Otton in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

AI was in form today but just lost out to Kai Otton in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S REMAINING ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.36, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.10, Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.27
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.70, Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.94, Kai Otton (AUS) 6.93
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27, Andy Irons (HAW) 14.07, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.76

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 7.30
Heat 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.80 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 11.63
Heat 3:Travis Logie (ZAF) 16.06 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.50
Heat 4:Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.67 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.43
Heat 5:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 6.24
Heat 6:C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.16 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 9.03
Heat 7:Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.93 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 8.23
Heat 8:Kai Otton (AUS) 10.83 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.40
Heat 9:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.37
Heat 10:Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.03 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.17
Heat 11:Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.23 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.94
Heat 12:Brett Simpson (AUS) 14.27 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.17

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 2:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 3:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 4:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 5:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 7:Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8:Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12:Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)

Crowd control. Photo: Dorsey

Crowd control. Photo: Dorsey

Bobby Martinez grabbed a much needed heat win today and looked like the Bobby Martinez we all know and love. Photo: Dorsey

Bobby Martinez grabbed a much needed heat win today and looked like the Bobby Martinez we all know and love. Photo: Dorsey

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AI in Portugal. Photo: Dorsey

AI in Portugal. Photo: Dorsey

With non-stop barrels like this one, Travis Logie was able to nearly double Dane's score and send him home packing early. Photo: Dorsey

With non-stop barrels like this one, Travis Logie was able to nearly double Dane's score and send him home packing early. Photo: Dorsey

But not before Dane landed this thing. Yes, he did land this. Photo: Dorsey

But not before Dane landed this thing. Yes, he did land this. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith took care of trials winner Marlon Lipke in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith took care of trials winner Marlon Lipke in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

But Marlon still got a few good ones. Photo: Dorsey

But Marlon still got a few good ones. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly pulling out some tricks. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly pulling out some tricks. Photo: Dorsey

Andy's new do? Photo: Dorsey

Andy's new do? Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas finnered his way past Freddy P. in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas finnered his way past Freddy P. in Round 2. Photo: Dorsey

Freddy P. Photo: Dorsey

Freddy P. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly will have a rematch against Gabe Kling from earlier this year at Lowers, where Kelly made easy work of Gabe. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly will have a rematch against Gabe Kling from earlier this year at Lowers, where Kelly made easy work of Gabe. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson Andre was all smiles after his Round 1 victory today. Photo: Dorsey

Jadson Andre was all smiles after his Round 1 victory today. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy Smith. Photo: Dorsey

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The sheriff of Peniche. Photo: Dorsey

The sheriff of Peniche. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy is looking solid so far and needs to stay on a big roll in Portugal. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy is looking solid so far and needs to stay on a big roll in Portugal. Photo: Dorsey

We'll have to wait for the Dane show to resume in Puerto Rico in a few weeks. Photo: Dorsey

We'll have to wait for the Dane show to resume in Puerto Rico in a few weeks. Photo: Dorsey

Andy Irons. Photo: Dorsey

Andy Irons. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas will face CJ Hobgood when Round 3 gets going. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas will face CJ Hobgood when Round 3 gets going. Photo: Dorsey

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Monday, October 11, 2010) –Supertubos turned on today with offshore three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels for the world's best surfers to sink their fangs into as the Rip Curl Pro Portugal completed Rounds 1 and 2 of competition.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal bore witness to the ASP Top 34 redefining progressive beachbreak surfing with a veritable cornucopia of barrels, power turns and aerials.

Adrian Buchan (AUS), 27, current ASP World No. 6, proved the form surfer of the day, netting the event's high heat total of an 18.00 out of a possible 20 for a series of deep forehand barrels and powerful turns.

"The conditions are pretty hit and miss today with some heats having lulls and others not," Buchan said. "We had really fun waves during that heat. It was really consistent and I was able to find a rhythm pretty quick. My equipment feels really good at the moment and I'm stoked to come back after a disappointing Round 1 heat yesterday with a strong performance today."

Coming off an Equal 3rd last week in France, Buchan is enjoying a solid momentum throughout the European leg and will look to capitalize through the remainder of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

"Definitely coming off of a good result in France gives me confidence here," Buchan said. "I'm having one of the better years I've had on tour and I'm looking to move from strength to strength. Everything is working really well for me at the moment and I love the waves here in Peniche. I would love to come away with a win."

Buchan will take on rookie Dusty Payne (HAW), 21, in Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, survived his Round 2 bout against wildcard Bruno Santos (BRA), 27, this morning, dominating the shifting peaks to the raucous cheers of the thousands in attendance.

"The Portuguese fans are just so passionate," Slater said. "Tiago (Pires) is a national treasure here and every time he paddles out, the whole beach erupts. It's good to see. They love their surfing and that always makes us excited to perform."

Currently hunting down an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title, Slater maintains a focused approach to the job at hand.

"I just have to replicate what I've done so far this season," Slater said. "At the moment, I'm not in a position where I can afford to get throwaway results. If I want to improve my position at the moment, I have to do better than 9th. So it's still super close."

Slater faces Gabe Kling (USA), 30, in Round 3 of competition.

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, current ASP World No. 2, was another top seed to battle a wildcard today, besting Marlon Lipke (DEU), 26, with a comprehensive forehand attack on the righthanders.

"It was pretty challenging in my heat," Smith said. "It was hard to pick out the good ones and I kept finding myself out of position. Marlon (Lipke) obviously knows this wave really well, and at this level, everyone is dangerous. I was fortunate to grab a couple of mid-range scores and he was unable to get a decent second score."

"I'm just having fun and learning as I go," Smith said. "I'm still young and I have a ways to go before I'm at the same level as Kelly (Slater) and Mick (Fanning). The race (ASP World Title) isn't too far apart at the moment, but it's not too close either."

Smith draws Dean Morrison (AUS), 29, in his upcoming Rip Curl Pro Portugal match.

Brett Simpson (USA), 25, 2010 ASP World Tour rookie struck a brutal blow to Portuguese surfing enthusiasts in the final heat of the day, eliminating sole representative Tiago Pires (PRT), 30, from competition with an impressive display of hi-fi surfing.

"The conditions have changed so much since this morning," Simpson said. "We've gone from sucking barrels to really high-performance runners this afternoon. It was really fun but you have to be on your game and adapt pretty quick. Tiago (Pires) is so dangerous in any conditions and he obviously had a lot of support on the beach. It's a bummer to knock him out early, but I'm happy to move through to Round 3."

Simpson will take on fellow rookie Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, when competition resumes.

Travis Logie (ZAF), 31, current ASP World No. 34, caused a major upset this morning, eliminating current ASP World No. 5, Dane Reynolds (USA), 25, in Round 2 of competition. The South African goofy-footer adopted a frenzied approach, collecting a bevy of forehand barrel-to-turn combinations, leaving his Californian opponent behind.

"I've had really bad luck this season so far in terms of waves in my heat so it feels really good to get some good waves finally," Logie said. "You can never discount Dane (Reynolds) in a heat. I had him on the ropes and gave him a rubbish wave and he turned it into something. It's really good for my confidence and I definitely need to get some results here in the back three events of the year. It's really fun out there."

Logie will battle reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

When competition resumes, up first will be current ASP World No. 4 Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, up against Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 22, in the opening heat of Round 3.

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 REMAINING ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 10: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.36, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.10, Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.27
Heat 11: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.70, Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.94, Kai Otton (AUS) 6.93
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27, Andy Irons (HAW) 14.07, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.76

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 14.17 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 7.30
Heat 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.80 def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 11.63
Heat 3:Travis Logie (ZAF) 16.06 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.50
Heat 4:Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.67 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.43
Heat 5:Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.00 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 6.24
Heat 6:C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.16 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 9.03
Heat 7:Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.93 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 8.23
Heat 8:Kai Otton (AUS) 10.83 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.40
Heat 9:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.17 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.37
Heat 10:Daniel Ross (AUS) 12.03 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.17
Heat 11:Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.23 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.94
Heat 12:Brett Simpson (AUS) 14.27 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.17

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 2:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 3:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 4:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 5:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 7:Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8:Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 12:Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)