- 01 December 2013 | Surfing
Kelly Slater stormed the Round of 64 of the 2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
Slater, 41, rarely surfs in competition outside of elite ASP World Championship Tour events, but he has never won the World Cup of Surfing, too. The combination of the both variables is the highest scoring heat of the Round of 64.
"(Dane) started off with a bang. It was only a small wave that he caught at the start, I think he got a little tube and did a couple of turns. But you get a 7.6 on your first wave and you're pretty much guaranteed to make the heat", explains Slater.
"That last wave... Heitor needed a low 7 to take me out. As we paddled it looked like a right. I could see there was a left on it but the right was there too, so I was going to really force my hand on the right. He saw that so he stopped paddling and I just turned left".
"You know, where he was, he would have got an even deeper barrel, so he could have probably got a 10 on that wave. He probably won't like to see that video".
Waves were in the 4- to 6-foot range for their heat, offering plenty of high performance scoring potential. The fact that Reynolds is still alive in the competition also spices up his relevance, as he remains in contention for the Vans Triple Crown series title.
Australia's Bede Durbidge wasn't far behind Slater on the scores with 15.6 points. In his 15th winter in the Hawaiian Islands, Bede is well-versed at Sunset and would love nothing more than a win here.
Currently double qualifying but at the low end of qualification on both the World Championship Tour and Qualifying Series, a strong finish here would take all the pressure off.
"I've been coming here for so many years now and I just enjoy the waves. When you're competing here, you're just against the ocean because it's such a big playing field out there. I just love competing in Hawaii and love the whole Triple Crown. It's such a fun series of contest to do", says Durbidge.
Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais was one of the standouts of the day. He beated John John Florence, Mitch Coleborn and Kieren Perow to secure a place in the next round.
2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing | Round of 64
H1: Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.37pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.84pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.17pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 5.67pts
H2: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.30pts Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 10.54pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.07pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 7.26pts
H3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.77pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.27pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.10pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.75pts
H4: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.17pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 12.73.pts ; Nat Young (USA) 11.16pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 3.24pts
H5: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 15.00pts ; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.03pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.14pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.63pts
H6: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.73pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.67pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.10pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.06pts
H7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.60pts ; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.50pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 11.33pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 9.20pts
H8: Gavin Gilette (HAW) 11.40pts ; Kalani Chapman (HAW) 9.50pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 7.74pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 4.00pts
H9: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.37pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.64pts ; Joan Duru (FRA) 7.50pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW)10.54pts ; Krystian Kymerson (BRA)9.90pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS)9.80pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF)7.83pts
H11: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.73pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.00pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.57pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 4.17pts
H12: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.56pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.40pts ; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.16pts ; William Cardoso (BRA) 11.60pts
H13: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.00pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.46pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 13.07pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 7.10pts
H14: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.20pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 14.67pts ; Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67pts ; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.50pts
H15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.46pts ; Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.70pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.40pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.04pts
H16: Joel Centeio (HAW) 16.37pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.37pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.77pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 11.00pts