Slater Bests Jordy To Win Rip Curl Pro Portugal

It wasn't like Jordy got smoked by Slater or anything today... Photo: Dorsey

It wasn't like Jordy got smoked by Slater or anything today... Photo: Dorsey

CHECK KELLY’S MASSIVE ALLEYOOP AGAINST DAVO IN THE SEMIS IN THE VIDEO ABOVE.

AND ABOVE IS THE FINALS HIGHLIGHT.

But Kelly still came out the victor. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

But Kelly still came out the victor. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

10 in '10 for Slater is now that much closer. Get used to that because we're most likely going to be hearing it and seeing it on Quiksilver shirts everywhere for years and years to come. That is unless Jordy can pull off something of epic proportions to win his first and halt Kelly's tenth.

Jordy did what he had to do in this event though: make it as far as Kelly to keep this thing alive—bettering Kelly would have been the ideal finish for Jordy though. Tens of thousands of Portugal's surf fans amassed the sand to watch the final go down today—they love their surfing. The dropping tide created shallow, sucky lefts in the final, which suited Kelly's surfing much better because of the necessity for those rapid, projecting backhand snaps and floaters to connect to the open sections. Jordy did land a backside frogleap (fake superman) and finish off with two decent snaps, giving him the highest wave of the heat at a 7.10. But Kelly's back-up bettered Jordy's by a full two points.

And she loved watching world ranked number 1 and 2 battle it out in the final. Photo: Dorsey

And she loved watching world ranked number 1 and 2 battle it out in the final. Photo: Dorsey

Here's a short sequence of Kelly's alleyoop that sent Davo packing in the semis. Photo: Dorsey

Here's a short sequence of Kelly's alleyoop that sent Davo packing in the semis. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 2. F—k that thing is huge. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 2. F—k that thing is huge. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 3. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 3. Photo: Dorsey

And he nails it, good for 9.33 points. Photo: Dorsey

And he nails it, good for 9.33 points. Photo: Dorsey

Slater is locked and focused on number 10 right now. He could wrap it up in Puerto Rico if Jordy gets anything less than a 5th (or if Kelly gets a 3rd or better)—and today's victory by Kelly knocked Mick out of the equation, so it's all on the South African's shoulders. We'll have a full rundown of World Title possibilities in the upcoming days, but for now, let us reflect on just how good the inauguration of Portugal's event to the permanency of the tour actually was. And with the two finalists being the two going head-to-head for the title, what more of a finish could you have wanted?—Ryan Brower

Here are the ASP World Title race scenarios straight from ASP World Tour Manager Renato Hickel:

“If Kelly gets a 3rd or better In Puerto Rico, he clinches the title; Kelly gets a 5th/9th, Jordy needs a 1st; Kelly gets 13th/25th, Jordy needs a 3rd; We can also say that if Jordy gets a 5th or worse, Kelly is the Champion—even with a 25th.”

Davo had to just give it up for Kelly. Photo: Dorsey

Davo had to just give it up for Kelly. Photo: Dorsey

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RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.43

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 16.03 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.20
SF 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.00 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.57

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 9.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.50
QF 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 15.24 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.56
QF 3:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.17 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.67
QF 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.70 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.50

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.84 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.94
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.10 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.83
Heat 3:Owen Wright (AUS) 13.40 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.73
Heat 4:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.16

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

1.Kelly Slater (USA) 58,000 pts
2.Jordy Smith (ZAF) 48,750 pts
3.Mick Fanning (AUS) 41,250 pts
4.Taj Burrow (AUS) 34,000 pts
5.Adrian Buchan (AUS) 33,750 pts

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To say the beach was crowded on the final day of the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal would be an understatement. Photo: Drosey

To say the beach was crowded on the final day of the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal would be an understatement. Photo: Drosey

Pat G. landed another rodeo flip in a heat today—kid's got them on lock! Here's a short sequence. Photo: Dorsey

Pat G. landed another rodeo flip in a heat today—kid's got them on lock! Here's a short sequence. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 2. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 2. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 3. Photo: Dorsey

Shot 3. Photo: Dorsey

And he nails it. Photo: Dorsey

And he nails it. Photo: Dorsey

Even Pat's surprised he keeps nailing those rodeos. Photo: Dorsey

Even Pat's surprised he keeps nailing those rodeos. Photo: Dorsey

This guy got the clip! Photo: Dorsey

This guy got the clip! Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright was finally the one who had to take care of recent giant killer Travis Logie. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright was finally the one who had to take care of recent giant killer Travis Logie. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly, yet in another tube. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly, yet in another tube. Photo: Dorsey

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Jordy's silky smooth air reverse that sent Pat G. home packing. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy's silky smooth air reverse that sent Pat G. home packing. Photo: Dorsey

And then an Ocho Cinco-ish claim from Jordy. Better than Adriano's I'll admit. Photo: Dorsey

And then an Ocho Cinco-ish claim from Jordy. Better than Adriano's I'll admit. Photo: Dorsey

I'll take one of those right here! Photo: Dorsey

I'll take one of those right here! Photo: Dorsey

Jeremy Flores put up a big semis result today. Photo: Dorsey

Jeremy Flores put up a big semis result today. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly fooling around. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly fooling around. Photo: Dorsey

In the final it was Kelly's backhand that got the job done. Photo: Dorsey

In the final it was Kelly's backhand that got the job done. Photo: Dorsey

Squeeze it out Jordy. Photo: Dorsey

Squeeze it out Jordy. Photo: Dorsey

Now he's ready. Photo: Dorsey

Now he's ready. Photo: Dorsey

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Owen Wright is making a strong case for the Rookie Of The Year title. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright is making a strong case for the Rookie Of The Year title. Photo: Dorsey

Unlike the kid in the infamous "Jeremy Hates Kids" clip, this one was smart enough to bring a sharpie to get Owen's signature. Photo: Dorsey

Unlike the kid in the infamous "Jeremy Hates Kids" clip, this one was smart enough to bring a sharpie to get Owen's signature. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas put up a big quarters result today. Photo: Dorsey

Pat Gudauskas put up a big quarters result today. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly busting the fins out. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly busting the fins out. Photo: Dorsey

Travis Logie is going to Puerto Rico with a few scalps in his bag. Photo: Dorsey

Travis Logie is going to Puerto Rico with a few scalps in his bag. Photo: Dorsey

If anyone's going to challenge Owen for R.O.Y. it's Jadson Andre. Photo: Dorsey

If anyone's going to challenge Owen for R.O.Y. it's Jadson Andre. Photo: Dorsey

Number 10 almost seems like just a formality now for Kelly. Unless Jordy can do something of course. Photo: Dorsey

Number 10 almost seems like just a formality now for Kelly. Unless Jordy can do something of course. Photo: Dorsey

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10 in '10? Photo: Dorsey

10 in '10? Photo: Dorsey

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 14, 2010) –Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, has collected his 44th elite tour victory, besting current ASP World No. 2, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, to take out the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in glassy three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Supertubos.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played a vital role in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title and was privy to some of the most high-performance surfing the world has ever seen.

Although composed and relatively under-the-radar throughout the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater struck stealthily in the Final, locking in two solid backhand waves in the shifting conditions, and staving off a late charge from the young South African.

"It was actually a pretty slow Final with neither of us getting any waves of consequence," Slater said. "I was trying to stay busy but neither of us could get a solid wave. I actually nearly ended up reaching my wave maximum out there so I kind of had to slow down and try to wait for waves that mattered. Jordy (Smith) has all the talent in the world and he's capable of getting a score at any time. It wasn't over until the horn blew."

En route to an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title, the iconic Floridian moves one step closer to clinching, with a strong possibility of doing so in the upcoming event.

"It's obviously a very big deal for me," Slater said. "If it happens, it will be a major accomplishment for me in my life. I'm fortunate to have an amazing circle of friends around me: my girlfriend Kalani, Belly (Stephen Bell), Travis (Lee) and a bunch of others. Today's win puts me another step closer and we'll see what happens in Puerto Rico."

Smith fought valiantly throughout the 40-minute Final, posting the highest single-wave score of a 7.10 of a 10 for a backhand Superman air, but was unable to find a worthy backup score.

"I guess I felt a little out of rhythm in the Final," Smith said. "I was able to notch up one good one, but couldn't find a backup. That's the way it goes sometimes. I'm still happy with the result and the way my year has gone so I'm just staying positive and we'll see how we end up."

The last one remaining in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title, Smith acknowledges the tall feat that lies ahead and is philosophical when discussing the remainder of the season.

"I've had a blast here in Portugal," Smith said. "We've had some really fun waves. I was stoked to be in the Final with Kelly (Slater). I'm stoked to be in the race still with him. He's someone I've looked up to my whole life and it's an honor to be up there in the rankings next to him. I'm looking forward to the next event and hope we get some more fun wedges."

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 3, bowed out of Rip Curl Pro Portugal competition in Round 3 of competition, and with Slater's victory today, has also bowed out of the 2010 ASP World Title Race.

The 2010 ASP World Title Race will head towards Puerto Rico for the next stop on the ASP Dream Tour.

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, matched his best result of the year today, posting an Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Unable to overtake a rampaging Smith in their Semifinal bout, Flores remained content with his result, moving from 20th to 15th on the ASP World Title Race rankings.

"It's been a good contest for me for sure," Flores said. "I've been readjusting my approach to surfing and focusing on the things that work best for me. I think it helped a lot here in Portugal and I'm stoked with moving up on the rankings. Hopefully I can get some more good results before the year is out."

Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, took it to Slater in the Semifinal bout, putting the champ on the ropes until Slater pulled out an incredible Alley-Oop 360 for a 9.33 in the dying minutes to take the heat. Davidson's Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal marks his best result of the season, moving him from 17th to 13th on the ASP World Title Race rankings,

"What can you do when the King (Slater) pulls something like that?" Davidson said. "All I could do was salute him. It's been a good event for me, and I felt like I surfed pretty well against Kelly, but when he goes and pulls a 360 Alley-Oop on a nothing wave, it's hard to fight back. Hopefully someone can throw a wrench in the works and send the title race down to Pipeline."

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

The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico from October 30 through November 10, 2010.

For more information, log onto aspworldtour.com.

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.43

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 16.03 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.20
SF 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.00 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.57

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 9.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.50
QF 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 15.24 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.56
QF 3:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.17 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.67
QF 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.70 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.50

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL MEN'S ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.84 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.94
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.10 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.83
Heat 3:Owen Wright (AUS) 13.40 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.73
Heat 4:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.16

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

1.Kelly Slater (USA) 58,000 pts
2.Jordy Smith (ZAF) 48,750 pts
3.Mick Fanning (AUS) 41,250 pts
4.Taj Burrow (AUS) 34,000 pts
5.Adrian Buchan (AUS) 33,750 pts