Raoni Monteiro: the Brazilian anti-hero

The Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 has entered the Quarterfinals without Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. Joel Parkinson, current ASP World Tour leader, has a great chance to extend his advantage towards the world surfing title.


Supertubos, in Peniche, is getting better. Improving three-to-five (1 – 1.5 metre) surf saw, at least, two shocking exits. Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning have left the Portuguese waves.

Kelly Slater suffered a elimination in Round 3 at the hands of Raoni Monteiro, significantly hindering his run for the 2012 ASP World Tour title. Holding three event wins this season (Fiji, Trestles, France), Slater is forced to carry a poor result in his year-end scoreline.

"That was a key heat," Slater said. "It’s that round you really want to get through because there are so many more points on offer for the next round. When you start throwing stuff away, the problem is that I’m going to be carrying a 13th now. It’s just the way it is, and maybe it will make for a better finish to the year".

Joel Parkinson posted a win over compatriots Adrian Buchan and Josh Kerr, to advance directly into the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

"You expect those three-man heats to just be full of fireworks but when you’re faced with the occasional scrappy heat you’ve just got to deal with it," Parkinson said.

"I expected some more barrels out there but there weren’t many. There were a couple of turns, but this board definitely performs better in the barrels. Stoked to make it through either way."

Adriano De Souza, defending Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner and current ASP WCT No. 6, continued his impressive run at Supertubos today, claiming a Round 4 heat and advancing directly to the Quarterfinals.

"I’m motivated to do well and I’ll just keep going," De Souza said. "I’m very quiet right now and nobody’s talking about my name so it’s very similar to last year and I’m happy. When I’m happy I perform better. I know the road to the Final here in Portugal, but right now in the middle of the road these are giant guys. It will be a challenge on the final day."

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD

Rip Curl Pro Portugal Remaining Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)