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ASP Title Won Amidst Incredible Surfing

November 3, 2011

While Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinched his unprecedented 11th ASP World Title today by defeating Daniel Ross (AUS), 28, in Round 3 of Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco competition, several banner performances also went down at Ocean Beach in the firing three-to-five foot (1 metre) beachbreak conditions.

Owen Wright (AUS), 21, current ASP World No. 2, went on an absolute rampage immediately following Kelly Slater’s clinching of the 2011 ASP World Title and tore into a steep lefthander with several power-carves and solidified the ride with a massive slob air-reverse for a near-perfect 9.77 (out of 10). The impressive score accompanied his previous ride of a seamless frontside alley-oop for a 7.77 to post the highest scores of Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco competition.

“I was loving it out there,” Wright said. “As soon as I got out there, I got told there would be a break after Kelly’s heat I didn’t even know it had started. After that they started calling out my scores and I was thinking ‘what have I done.’ It’s just really fun out there actually. Kelly winning the title didn’t really change my attitude. I really want to get a good result here and finish the year off strong. Kelly’s been amazing and congrats to him. It’s something I want to gain from him and compete against him and go for it again.”

Brett Simpson (USA), 26, pulled out last-minute heroics in a tough battle against fellow countrymen Damien Hobgood (USA), 32, utilizing his priority with just a minute remaining and unloaded a crisp carve and solidified the ride with a crucial no-grab air-reverse to post the score needed to surpass the Floridian for the victory.

“It’s funny because I beat him (Damien Hobgood) at Teahupoo and he’s a master there and he beat me in France, where I thought I might have had an advantage, so it’s good to get that win,” Simpson said. “I travel with him and C.J. (Hobgood) and they’ve taught me a lot about the tour. I was looking at the conditions this morning and just drooling. I got a sick barrel and was just inches away and I knew I had to regroup. I pushed hard on the left and had priority and got to pick the one I wanted to go on. It’s the first time it’s worked out in awhile.”

Simpson maintained his form in Round 3, defeating dangerous ASP World Tour rookie Julian Wilson (AUS), 22, to advance through to Round 4 and significantly help his cause on the men’s ASP World Ranking.

“I feel like I’ve been surfing decent all year and my surfing feels there but I definitely need the points,” Simpson said. “This competition thing is a different beast and I’m learning as I go. I love it, that’s what I love about competition. Conditions like this, you’re always in it, I knew I could do it and you just have to stick to your guns.”

Kieren Perrow (AUS), 34, was deadly in his Round 2 match-up today and drove though a clean barrel to attain a 9.17 out of 10 to eliminate two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 30.

“It’s what you need against Mick fanning,” Perrow said. “That was one of my better heats in awhile and I’m stoked to win a heat. We have fun conditions and I got good lefts at the start but I started getting nervous with 10 minutes left and got lucky that I got that right that came at the end. A good peak popped up and I dropped in late and got behind that first section and just pushed it. I’m stoked I got a 9, I didn’t know it’d be that good of a score.”

Perrow, who went on to defeat current ASP World No. 3 Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, in Round 3 of competition, grabbed crucial points to help his cause towards requalification for the 2012 ASP World Tour.

“This is a huge for me,” Perrow said. “I haven’t had a good result this year and I’d like to get one going into Hawaii. The search has been a good event for me over the years. I usually go well and I enjoy getting to go to a different location. I’ve got my family here and am enjoying it and am looking to have a good finish to the year.”

Miguel Pupo (BRA), 19, wasted little time in his Round 2 affair against veteran Kai Otton (AUS), 31, and raced through a firing left barrel to earn a 9.10 just after a buzzer and quickly backed up the ride with a 7.33.

“Kai (Otton) was sitting too far out and I was on the inside watching to see if he was going to get in to it,” Pupo said. “I was saw the double up and just raced through it and came out. It’s great to start a heat like that and I feel like I’m starting to find my feet on tour.”

Pupo, who enters the Rip Curl Pro Search fresh off his ASP PRIME victory in Santa Cruz, went on to defeat fellow goofy-footer Adrian Buchan (AUS), 29, in Round 3 and hopes he can carry his momentum through the remainder of Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco Competition.

“I’m feeling great and you always feel good after a win,” Pupo said. “I’m happy to be here, I’m feeling comfortable and hopefully I can keep finding some waves like I did in the last heat.”

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, Livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco are calling for much smaller NW swell leftovers to prevail Thursday as onshore flow builds through the day. A solid NW swell will build through the day on Friday, strongest late, beforefading on Saturday. Variable onshore flow prevails both Friday and Saturday, although there will be somebrief windows of light wind (especially Friday). A smaller NW swell will show on Monday with light onshore flow.

Heat 1:
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.00
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (AUS) 14.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.57
Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.10 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.43
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.37 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 5.36
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.87 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.50
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.13 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 14.40
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.54 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 12.43
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.40
Heat 9: Brett Simpson (USA) 16.97 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.50
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.87 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.50

Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.17
Heat 6: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.34 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.17
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.10 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.33
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) 16.37 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.37
Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.43 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.87
Heat 10: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.66 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.86
Heat 11: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.33 def. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.73 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.40

Photo: Miguel Pupo took out two heat wins today at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.

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