Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Defending event champion Taj Burrow faced off against the most winningest surfer at Trestles, Kelly Slater, for the last Quarterfinal spot. After the restart, Slater capitalized on the first scoring opportunity, flying off the lip for a 5.00 to open his campaign. Burrow managed a giant opening manouvre that gave him the better of the opening exchange. He found himself comfortably in the lead when he belted a seven-point backup score shortly after.
With Trestles firing, Burrow and Slater traded big moves, Slater earning an excellent 8.60. But the Aussie stuck to his powerful, under-the-lip maneuvers, banging out a 7.90 to extend his lead.
After a five minute stalemate, Burrow took off, going rail-to-rail on a long, peeling right. Headed toward the beach right behind him, the 11-time Champ was carving up a similar ride, seamlessly stringing together multiple cutbacks. Burrow improved his scoreline slightly with the better ride of the exchange. With 30 seconds remaining, Slater’s Hail Mary — with included two rotations — came in at a 7.27, enough for one last lead change and the Quarterfinal berth.
Result: Kelly Slater, 15.87, def. Taj Burrow, 15.83
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