- 17 October 2013 | Surfing
Kai Otton has defeated Nat Young to conquer the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013, at Supertubos, Peniche. The ASP World Tour title will be decided between Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, at the Pipeline Masters.
The first wave of the final was caught by Kai Otton, in the early seconds, showing that the Australian wanted a maiden Dream Tour stage title. But Young answered and both surfers could actually win Supertubos, at the half-way mark.
The Santa Cruz surfer managed to find a rare barrel to slightly improve his overall score. Time was running out, and Otton was ready to see the light. He had never tasted victory in a WCT contest.
Young forced Kai into his priority wave, but was unable to find a quality last-minute opportunity for himself. Party for the Australian!
"It's the weirdest feeling ever, I just can't comprehend it. I really want to dedicate it to my Granddad, he passed away the year I qualified and never saw me on tour so this is for him", expressed an emotional Kai Otton.
"It seems like this event was a little bit of a grind, every heat the tide changed so dramatically you never really knew what was going to happen!"
"One of the things that has changed for me this year is my girlfriend being pregnant, I'm pretty excited about that. It's unbelievable, it's the next chapter I'm really looking forward to".
Julian Wilson, the most in-form surfer of the Portuguese event, had to wait in the beach if he had beaten Joel Parkinson in the first Quarterfinal. Unfortunately for him, he missed the Semi for only 0.17 points.
Mick Fanning, who could clinch a third world surfing title if he'd win Supertubos, failed to get over fellow countryman Kai Otton, in a low-scoring second Quarterfinal. The "White Lightning" heads to Pipeline with his hopes strengthened.
Surprise or not, Nat Young, the newly crowned ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year 2013, defeated Jordy Smith in the third Quarterfinal. Josh Kerr controlled the last clash against CJ Hobgood.
In the first Semifinal, Kai Otton ended Joel Parkinson's hopes of reconquering his 2012 trophy, while Nate Young sent Josh Kerr home.
The Billabong Pipe Masters 2013 is the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the final event of the ASP Men's World Tour. It will crown the future world champion between December 8th-20th, on the North Shore of Oahu.
Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013 Final:
Kai Otton (AUS), 12.23 def. Nat Young (USA), 11.03