- 21 October 2014 | Surfing
The Portuguese event at Supertubos changed the look of the 2014 ASP World Tour title race. Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning are eyeing glory at Pipeline, but Kelly Slater is still playing the winners' game.
Once again, it's all down to Pipe. Fanning and Medina have both won three events during the season, but the Brazilian is traveling to the Oahu's North Shore in the first place with 56,550 points, against the Australian's 53,100 points. Kelly has 50,050 points.
The Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 will be surfed between December 8th-20th, in Hawaii, and we all know the math by now. Let's take a look at the numbers:
- 20 October 2014 | Surfing
Mick Fanning has conquered the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, at Supertubos, Peniche. Despite losing the final heat, Jordy Smith claimed the Portuguese Wave Series.
After a pair of low-scoring semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.
Fanning's next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00.
- 19 October 2014 | Surfing
The 2014 ASP World Tour champion will be decided at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, in Hawaii. Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater are out of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Shifty five-to-eight foot barreling waves sent the world title race to Pipeline. Joel Parkinson, who also lost his Round 3 heat, is mathematically out of the equation.
Gabriel Medina was the first to fall. With just minutes remaining on the clock, the Brazilian had the opportunity to overtake Simpson, but he left the water after his final wave before the time had run down, thinking he had the score for the win. Critical mistake.