Medina and Slater survive Round 1 at Supertubos

October 15, 2014 | Surfing
Kelly Slater: barreled in brown waters | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater have won their Round 1 heats at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, held in bumpy three-to-five foot waves, at Supertubos, in Peniche.

Everybody knows what's at stake. If Medina wins the Portuguese event, he will be the first ever Brazilian to claim a world title in the history of professional surfing.

Slater did his job, despite watching Matt Wilkinson exiting a near-perfect 9.57 barrel. The Floridian champ waited for his turn and eventually found a late-drop to barrel that would confirm the heat win.

"It's always tough in conditions like this and even more so when a guy starts out with almost a 10-point score. I just wanted to get myself going, get some waves and start feeling the flow," explained Kelly Slater.

"Gabriel is a real competitor. He wants to win the title more than anyone, and at his age I was the same exact way. You can see that he loves to surf; he loves to get better and improve what he is already doing and he's got crazy skills."

The Brazilian was surfing next and made sure to use all his arsenal of barrels, turns and aerials to send event champion Kai Otton and wildcard Jacob Willcox to Round 2.

"Its pretty difficult out there, you have to be in the right spot at the right time. I got lucky in that one so I'm stoked that I made it through," added Medina.

"The fans here are really passionate about surfing and the sport. I really like the support I'm getting, it doesn't put more pressure on me, it's motivating me and I feel good."

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Round 2 Matchups

Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
John John Florence (HAW) vs. Nic Von Rupp (PRT)
Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Nat Young (USA) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

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