Kelly Slater: unlucky, but then lucky boy

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion, survived a closely-contested Round 3 heat against rookie phenom Dusty Payne (HAW), 21, to advance through to Round 4. Slater, who spent the day in hospital getting scans on his right foot (inflamed ligaments suspected), battled back after Payne secured an excellent 9.17 out of a possible 10.

"I woke up this morning and I couldn't walk so for me it was all an upside today," Slater said.

"I expected to go out there and lose. Instead, I got out there and figured out I could surf, but then Dusty (Payne) got that 9. I didn't see what he did, but apparently it was something big and I was sort of scanning out the back. With 10 minutes remaining, I had priority so I was just hoping for a long flat spell or just one wave. I got a couple of scores, kept it efficient and came away with the win."

Slater will face Michel Bourez (PYF), 24, in Heat 8 of Round 4 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Michel Bourez: snapper surfer

With little surf on offer this morning, event organizers have been forced to call a lay day today for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers.

Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro saw a marathon day of surfing yesterday at nearby Winkipop, where the world’s best surfers broke performance barriers through Round 3 and the opening half of Round 4. Today’s projected drop in surf has forced a lay day, but event organizers are hopeful that tomorrow could see a champion crowned.

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Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar: fighting for the Costa Rica title

With the Copa Quiksilver this weekend in Santa Teresa, the Circuito Nacional de Surf DayStar 2009-2010 (CNS) makes a beeline towards the Gran Finals in Playa Hermosa in June. The surfers who attend this 5th date of the Circuito, will be fighting for a National title that is the most uncertain as it has been for years.

Taking place in front of the Hotel Luz de Vida, the elite of Costa Rica’s surf world will go out in a predicted surf of 2 to 3 meters, great conditions for this 4-star contest that will award 1,500 points in each category.

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