Kai Otton Wins Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, ASP Title Race to Go Down at Pipeline
SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – Kai Otton has just won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche in a hard-fought final over rookie Nat Young in three-to-five foot waves at the primary venue of Supertubos.
Stop No.9 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche completed five rounds of action packed competition today, sending the 2013 ASP World Title Race to Hawaii before crowning Otton as event winner.
Otton's victory would come at the hands of a wave-starved 30-minute final. The Australian would kick off the battle with the heat's high score on his opening ride, building momentum in the tactical affair to eventually defeat Young in his first career ASP WCT event win.
"It's the weirdest feeling ever, I just can't comprehend it," an ecstatic Otton said. "I really want to dedicate it to my Granddad, he passed away the year I qualified and never saw me on tour so this is for him. It seems like this event was a little bit of a grind, every heat the tide changed so dramatically you never really knew what was going to happen!"
Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, further solidified his lead on the World Title Race, collecting a 5th place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche. Fanning looked poised to secure a third crown at Supertubos, but was unable to clinch an early third ASP World Title when he was defeated by Kai Otton in the Quarterfinals.
"It's a bit frustrating, obviously I just wanted to surf and unfortunately it didn't really happen," Fanning said. "I'm stoked that I made some points here, it puts me in a better position going into Pipe and I'm excited to go to Hawaii. I'll do the whole triple crown so this could be fun! I've had a lot of slow heats this year, snuck through a few, but you know every now and then one's going to go your way. It probably made it a little bit more significant with what was on the line at that time."
Entering the final stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater (USA), 41, remain in contention for the ASP World Title. Following Fanning's fifth place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater must win the Pipe Masters to surpass Fanning for the ASP World Title. If Slater is to win the event, Fanning must place 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.
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