Frederico Morais beats Kelly Slater to accelerate world title race

October 14, 2013 | Surfing
Frederico Morais: a new surfing star is born in Portugal

Frederico Morais, the Portuguese wildcard, has eliminated Kelly Slater in the Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013, at the primary venue of Supertubos, Peniche.

Morais, 21, current ASP World No. 96, caused the major upset of the event so far, taking out the 11-time ASP World Champion, in Round 2 of competition.

The young regular-footer, from the nearby coastal city of Cascais, appeared in rhythm with the tricky morning conditions, executing a number of aerial maneuvers en route to the result of his young career.

"I can't believe it right now, it was a tough heat and I knew Kelly (Slater) could get the score whenever. Against Kelly Slater, you're never safe, but I knew with that second good score it was possible and I tried to focus on doing my job and it worked", says Frederico Morais.

Slater was unable to find the best opportunities in a shifty lineup of Siupertubos this morning and was handed his first 25th place finish of the year.

Today's result marks another in the icon's up-and-down season with Slater holding a mixed bag of results heading into the final event of the season in Hawaii.

"Frederico had the better waves and capitalized on it, he made a couple big moves. I'm expecting now that I'll probably need to win or at least make the Final in Hawaii for a shot at it", adds Slater.

Fanning survived a dangerous Round 2 match-up against event wildcard Francisco Alves. Despite the challenging conditions, Fanning demonstrated his signature speed and power to advance into the third round and move one step closer to his third world surfing crown.

"I'm just stoked to get the heat done and start moving. When you get the wildcard, people always want to see the underdog win, especially in Portugal where the fans are just fanatical but it's really cool to see. Francisco (Alves) surfs really well", underlines Fanning.

For Mick to claim the 2013 ASP World Title in Portugal, he must finish third or better and not have any other title contender, of either Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow or Joel Parkinson win the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013 | Round 2 Results

Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.00 def. Francisco Alves (PRT) 8.93
Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.34 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.13
Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.50 def. Dillon Perillo (USA) 8.26

Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.60 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.03

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2013 | Round 2 Matchups

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)

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