“That was a key heat,” Slater said. “It’s that round you really want to get through, because there are so many more points on offer for the next round. When you start throwing stuff away, the problem is that I’m going to be carrying a 13th now. It’s just the way it is, and maybe it will make for a better finish to the year. It could become exciting. I’m kind of sneakily up there at the top with the wins, but I was carrying a couple bad results already and now I’m definitely going to be carrying one of those three by the end of the year. It’s a little frustrating, but it might make it more interesting in the long run. Joel (Parkinson), Mick (Fanning) and John John (Florence) are really good in these conditions. John John is super sneaky in these kind of waves, and I expect Mick to find his waves also.”
Last year’s Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, Adriano De Souza (BRA), continues his Supertubos fire with a win in his Round 4 heat, moving on to the Quarterfinals.
“I’m motivated to do well and I’ll just keep going,” De Souza said. “When I’m happy I perform better. I know the road to the Final here in Portugal, but right now in the middle of the road these are giant guys. It will be a challenge on the final day.”
Gabriel Medina (BRA) defeated the current ASP WCT No.4 John John Florence (HAW) and USA’s Kolohe Andino in Round 4.
“In the beginning of the heat, I broke my board on the second wave so I was kind of sad, but then I think the new board actually works better so it’s good that I found this one,” Medina said. “I got a couple of 7s and a 9 and another 8. It’s getting better right now and that was a lot of fun.”
The first heat when competition resumes will match up Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Raoni Monteiro (BRA) as the final heat of Round 5.
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