Kai Otton: looking good at Supertubos

Mixed emotions flow around Supertubos, as Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 starts to define who will be surfing the ASP World Tour in the next season.


Challenging two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves were enough for Brett Simpson to eliminate Matt Wilkinson in the dramatic Round 2 do-or-die.

"We're down here and we just want to get the best waves. I'm excited, it's a bummer for Wilko but we both got chances. I want to keep my dreams alive on this tour and I feel like I have a lot more to give to it so hopefully I can just keep pushing", said Simpson.

Kolohe Andino was responsible for the heartbreak moment of the day, in Peniche. The US surfer narrowly defeated home favourite Tiago Pires, the sole Portuguese representative.

"It's finally paying off, Andino said. "I've been trying really hard to wake up early, stretch and all that stuff. It's a bummer for Tiago (pires), he's probably got all his people down here but it's cool to see that they're really passionate about surfing and their surfers."

Travis Logie survived a hard-fought battle against tour stalwart Damien Hobgood.

"Damo (Hobgood) is a good friend of mine and he's definitely one of the guys you don't want to get out here as he's so good in the barrel," Logie said.

"He's beaten me so many times in all sorts of 'QS and 'CT events so I'm stoked to get one over him but he's a good friend I'm also bummed to see him down. I just want to take a moment to send a shout out to one of my best friend back home, Rat and his sister Jackie their father passed away this morning, this one's for those guys."

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 Round 2 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)