Kelly Slater: now, he might start loving Portugal

Kelly Slater has conquered the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in Peniche. The 9-time world championbeated South African Jordy Smith, in a crazy European final. He is now very near the 10th title.

It was the clash of leaders, surfed in three-to-five foot waves and sunny blue skies of Supertubos.

“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”, said Slater.

Watch the final highlights, HERE.

Several thousands of spectators held their breath, as Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith fought one of the most nervous finals of the last WCT years. Slater surfed 13 waves to score a total of 13.33 points.

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.”

Nevertheless, the race for the Dream Tour title is still on. The surfing circus now heads to Somewhere in Puerto Rico for the Rip Curl Search.

The 2010 ASP World Tour ends in Hawaii with the Triple Crown of Surfing.


Final:

Kelly Slater USA
Jordy Smith ZAF

Semis:

12.20 Chris Davidson AUS
16.03 Kelly Slater USA

10.57 Jeremy Flores FRA
14.00 Jordy Smith ZAF