The Rip Curl Pro Portugual wrapped up today with the ASP World No. 1 and No. 2 surfers meeting up in the Final. Tour leader Kelly Slater took the victory over Jordy Smith, moving one step closer to earning an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title.
“It was actually a pretty slow Final with neither of us getting any waves of consequence,” Slater said. “I nearly ended up reaching my wave maximum out there so I kind of had to slow down and try to wait for waves that mattered. Jordy has all the talent in the world and he’s capable of getting a score at any time. It wasn’t over until the horn blew.”
Smith earned the highest single-wave score of the Final with a 7.10 out of 10 for a backhand Superman air, but he couldn’t muster a solid backup score to take out Slater.
"I was stoked to be in the Final with Kelly. I’m stoked to still be in the race with him." -Jordy Smith
“I guess I felt a little out of rhythm in the Final,” Smith (pictured above) said. “I was able to notch up one good one, but couldn’t find a backup. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m still happy with the result and the way my year has gone so I’m just staying positive and we’ll see how we end up.”
With defending ASP World Champion Mick Fanning taken out in Round 3 by an on-fire Travis Logie (who also defeated the formidable Dane Reynolds in Round 2), Jordy is now the only surfer on Tour with a chance to stop Slater’s march to the championship.
“I’ve had a blast here in Portugal,” Smith said. “We’ve had some really fun waves. I was stoked to be in the Final with Kelly. I’m stoked to still be in the race with him. He’s someone I’ve looked up to my whole life and it’s an honor to be up there in the rankings next to him. I’m looking forward to the next event and hope we get some more fun wedges.”
The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico from October 30 through November 10, 2010.