Matt Wilkinson: blessed by his Supertubos

Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning have been relegated to Round 2, in the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013, held in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves, at Supertubos, Peniche.


Jacob Willcox caused another major upset this morning, relegating 11-time ASP World Champion and current ASP WCT No. 2, Kelly Slater, into the elimination Round 2.

"It was pretty fun out there, I got a couple of good ones. I was stoked to get the opportunity to surf against those guys in the Trials, let alone win so I'm really happy", says Willcox.

"Kelly had priority and I was just up the beach a little bit more. This left came and I just pulled into it and got a pretty good score. That got me rolling through the heat and I managed to get a couple other ones to back it up".

Matt Wilkinson put on a dominant performance this morning, netting a 17.37 out of a possible 20 to advance over current ASP frontrunner Mick Fanning, and event wildcard Francisco Alves.

"I knew where I wanted to sit and I was just hoping that the conditions wouldn't change too much. That last one, I knew I was deep, I took off and was just pumping as hard as I could cause I really wanted to make it, I was stoked", expressed Wilko.

John John Florence, back in full flight from an early season injury, capped off Round 1 with a strong performance, exhibiting his supernatural affinity with the barrel.

"There's still little barrels out there, it's just a matter of finding them. This is the last event travelling before I get home, and ending here in big barrels it's kind of like Pipeline but on a beach, it's pretty sick", tells John John.

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013 Round 2 Matchups:

Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Francisco Alves (PRT)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Dillon Perillo (USA)
Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)