Kelly Slater: title number 12 is in the horizon

Kelly Slater has been eliminated of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012, in Supertubos, Peniche. The Floridian may have compromised the chances of clinching the 12th world surfing title.


Slater has been defeated by Raoni Monteiro in the Round 3 of competition, after failing to find any waves with scoring potential to finish on a heat total of 5.27 to his opponent’s total tally of 9.20.

The 11-time world surfing champion said it was one of the most frustrating heats of his career and that he didn't want to hit the water because of the weak wave conditions.

Kelly Slater will have to wait for a very good combination of results to secure the 2012 ASP World Tour title, with only two stages remaining until the end of the season.

"It's not the end of the world," Slater said. "Nobody died, I just lost a heat. It's a bummer for me, but it's just the way it is. There's only one way to go at Santa Cruz for me. I've surfed there once and I got last in my first heat, it was in 1994 I think. We'll see what happens.

Points are awarded with the best eight out of 10 ASP WCT results. Slater currently carries three event wins (Fiji, Trestles and France), but also a 25th for an absence in Brazil and now two 13ths (Tahiti, Portugal).

That is good news for Joel Parkinson - current leader of the WCT rankings - as well as for Mick Fanning and John John Florence, who keep the dream alive. Is Kelly Slater out of the 2012 ASP World Tour title race?