World title race heats up at Lowers

September 18, 2013 | Surfing
Jordy Smith: having fun at Lowers

The world title race is on, as Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson lose their Round 3 heats at the Hurley Pro 2013.

Lower Trestles' freight train has caused damages and, among the world title contenders, only Jordy Smith has secured a place in the Quarterfinals. Mick Fanning survived Round 3, but failed to win his Round 4 clash.

"I think this contest for me will tell whether I'm in the race or not- For me, I just really want to enjoy these next few events. I want to try and compete as hard as I can and have a lot of fun with it. Win, lose or draw, it doesn't matter", explains Jordy Smith.

Patrick Gudauskas issued a massive upset, eliminating 11-time defending event champion Kelly Slater. Gudauskas was incredibly patient with his wave selection and executed on both the lefts and rights of Lowers with an array of progressive maneuvers.

"I knew I had to play a smart game plan and I also just went for broke. "To win that heat, I'm stoked because this result will really help my requalification chances. It's so epic to have my friends down on the beach and thanks to everyone in San Clemente for coming down and watching", says Gudauskas.

Following the elimination of Slater, two-time ASP world champion Mick Fanning took out a crucial heat victory over Alejo Muniz, temporarily sliding Fanning to No. 1 over Slater on the rankings.

"I was really nervous knowing the significance of that happening (Kelly's loss). You do the best you can and I had a great heat with Alejo. Getting through this round, you get another three-man heat and it's a good time to get re-adjusted and focus on what's next", adds Fanning.

Hurley Pro 2013 | Round 4 Results

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.23
Heat 2: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.23, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.40, Kai Otton (AUS) 13.03
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.30, Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.93
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.07, Adam Melling (AUS) 14.03, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.67

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