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Slater Falls while Fanning Advances in ASP World Title Shakeup in Portugal

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Monday, October 14, 2013) – The Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented my Moche resumed this morning in windy two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at the primary venue of Supertubos, completing the first four heats of Round 2 before conditions deteriorated and forced event organizers to call competition off for today. Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal could witness an early crowning of this year’s ASP World Champion, with this morning’s shock elimination of Kelly Slater (http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/mens-profiles/kelly-slater/)  (USA), 41, in Round 2 opening the door for current ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning (http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/mens-profiles/mick-fanning/)  (AUS), 32, to capitalize in his hunt for athird world surfing crown (http://www.aspworldtour.com/2013/10/06/asp-world-title-in-play-at-upcoming-rip-curl-pro-portugal/) . Frederico Morais (PRT), 21, current ASP World No. 96 was the instrument of upset this morning, taking out the 11-time ASP World Champion in Round 2 of competition. The young regular-footer, from the nearby coastal city of Cascais, appeared in rhythm with the tricky morning conditions, executing a number of aerial maneuvers en route to the result of his young career. “I can’t believe it right now, it was a tough heat and I knew Kelly (Slater) could get the score whenever,” Morais said. “Against Kelly Slater, you’re never safe, but I knew with that second good score it was possible and I tried to focus on doing my job and it worked.” Slater was unable to find the best opportunities in a shifty lineup of Siupertubos this morning and was handed his first 25th place finish of the year. Today’s result marks another in the icon’s up-and-down season with Slater holding a mixed bag of results heading into the final event of the season in Hawaii. “Frederico (Morais) had the better waves and capitalized on it, he made a couple big moves,” Slater said. “I’m expecting now that I’ll probably need to win or at least make the Final in Hawaii for a shot at it. We got almost two months now, I’m going to go do some rehab, get my body back together and try to get my mind back in it. If this week works out, great; if not, well Mick (Fanning) has been the great performer of the year. Obviously his results have been great at every event, it’s hard to beat a guy like that.” Fanning, current frontrunner in the hunt for the 2013 ASP World Title, survived a dangerous Round 2 match-up against event wildcard Francisco Alves (PRT) 20, in the opening heat of the day. Despite the challenging conditions, Fanning demonstrated his signature speed and power to advance into the third round and move one step closer to his third world surfing crown. “It’s been a long weel of getting up early every morning,” Fanning said. “This morning, conditions felt alright and once we got out there it felt a little bit weaker with that tide coming in. I’m just stoked to get the heat done and start moving. When you get the wildcard, people always want to see the underdog win, especially in Portugal where the fans are just fanatical but it’s really cool to see. Francisco (Alves) surfs really well.” Michel Bourez (http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/mens-profiles/michel-bourez/)  (PYF) 27, dominated his second round encounter against wildcard Dillon Perillo (USA), 23, putting together multiple combinations in the early minutes of their exchange to net a 14.50 point heat total, the highest of the day. “Dillon (Perillo) is not on tour, but I know him well and I think he was trying to go big,” Bourez stated. “I went there with a plan of putting pressure on him right from the beginning. When I got my two scores I kind of sat on him, I don’t really like to do that but it’s part of the job. Those heats are really slow and there are not that many waves.” Bourez advances directly to Round 3 of competition. Adriano de Souza (http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/mens-profiles/adriano-de-souza/)  (BRA), 26, capped off the morning’s action with a strong performance of his own, eliminating compatriot Raoni Monteiro (http://www.aspworldtour.com/surfers/mens-profiles/raoni-monteiro/)  (BRA), 31, in a spirited display of progressive aerial surfing. Image Credit: http://www.worldspoon.pt/]]>

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