The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline

October 19, 2014 | Surfing
John John Florence: Perfect 10 in Supertubos | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

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.

"I thought I had the score on my last wave, that's why I came in, but it wasn't enough. I'm pretty sad with this result, but I got happier when Kelly lost. I was ready to win the title here, but now I'm focused on Hawaii," reveals Medina.

"I'm happy that I'm still in the title race, and I know it doesn't depend on the other title contenders; it depends on me. I don't know yet what I need to do, but I will prepare and train and be ready."

Kelly Slater had a strange heat against Aritz Aranburu, who was able to score two clean barrel rides for a 12.00 heat total. The Floridian was unable to get in the rhythm with the unruly barrels or find the scores he needed, but he remains in contention.

"It's hard to pick the right waves out here. This is probably one of my most frustrating title races ever because I keep feeling that I have the opportunity and each time I keep dropping the ball," expressed Slater.

Mick Fanning's hopes are still alive; John John Florence score the first Perfect 10-point ride of the event.

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Round 4 Match-Ups

Adam Melling (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), John John Florence (HAW)
Adriano De Souza (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Josh Kerr (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Kai Otton (AUS), TBD, TBD

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