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Slater and Smith Advance In Puerto Rico

| posted on October 30, 2010
Stephen Bell and Kelly Slater celebrate Slater's Round 1 victory. Photo: Ellis

Stephen Bell and Kelly Slater celebrate Slater's Round 1 victory. Photo: Ellis

“Somewhere” in Puerto Rico turned into the center of the surfing world today. Highlighted by several excellent tube rides going down in the early morning offshore conditions, the top 32 put on a display of surfing that has never been seen before in the Caribbean. Then, with the wind going side-shore and picking up around mid-morning the guys looked to go big. And nobody went bigger than Jordy Smith who has been phenomenal in free surfs here. Last night he completed a ride that you are sure to see everywhere in the coming weeks.

Today, he began his first heat with a super blown-out lipper that turned into an air that landed in the transition of the wave while rotating 360 degrees. Looking at the photos now, I’m still amazed at how he was able to ride out of that maneuver. Even with that opener, and an excellent tube ride, Jordy was pushed until the end in a close heat with local trials winner, Dylan Graves. With the crowd going bonkers on every wave he surfed, Dylan gave the Puerto Rican fans plenty to be excited about.

But the big story here, there, and anywhere a wave is ridden, is obviously Kelly Slater getting closer and closer to his 10th world title. Looking relaxed and focused at the same time, Kelly posted the highest heat total of the day in this his first surf at the contest site. The next time Jordy and Kelly surf in their round 3 heats we could potentially see Kelly achieve his 10th World Title. If Jordy loses his heat, the title is Kelly’s. And If that happens the ASP plans to stop everything and immediately crown Kelly with his historic 10th World Title. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

See you bright and early here in Puerto Rico. Damien Hardman plans on starting Round 2 of the Mens at 7am with Taj Burrow up against the extremely talented wildcard Dillon Perillo.

Kelly Slater marched towards his tenth world title with the highest heat score of the day. Photo: Ellis

Kelly Slater marched towards his tenth world title with the highest heat score of the day. Photo: Ellis

Jordy Smith kept the title race alive with crazy blow-tails like this. Photo: Ellis

Jordy Smith kept the title race alive with crazy blow-tails like this. Photo: Ellis

Slater looked calm and focused before his first round heat. Photo: Ellis

Slater looked calm and focused before his first round heat. Photo: Ellis

Dane Reynolds enjoyed a return to form in the early morning glass. Photo: Ellis

Dane Reynolds enjoyed a return to form in the early morning glass. Photo: Ellis

Middles made for a perfect contest venue for the Caribbean's first ever World Tour event. Photo: Ellis

Middles made for a perfect contest venue for the Caribbean's first ever World Tour event. Photo: Ellis

Jordy Smith used the onshore winds to punt his way to Round 3. Photo: Ellis

Jordy Smith used the onshore winds to punt his way to Round 3. Photo: Ellis

Despite finishing runner-up to Smith in Round 1, Dylan Graves still got a heroes welcome on the beach. Graves will face Ace Buchan in Round 2. Photo: Ellis

Despite finishing runner-up to Smith in Round 1, Dylan Graves still got a heroes welcome on the beach. Graves will face Ace Buchan in Round 2. Photo: Ellis

By the time the girls took to the water conditions had deteriorated, but that didn't stop Steph Gilmore from lighting it up. Photo: Ellis

By the time the girls took to the water, the conditions had deteriorated, but that didn't stop Steph Gilmore from lighting it up. Photo: Ellis

With her heat win today, Steph Gilmore took a step closer to her fourth world title. Photo: Ellis

With her heat win today, Steph Gilmore took a step closer to her fourth world title. Photo: Ellis

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.56, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.77, Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.13
Heat 2:Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.83, Taylor Knox (USA) 11.80, Roy Powers (HAW) 8.73
Heat 3:Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.70, Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.40, Luke Munro (AUS) 10.60
Heat 4:Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.10, Gabe Kling (USA) 12.93, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.70
Heat 5:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.90, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.20, Dylan Graves (PRI) 6.60
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27, Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.40, Dillon Perillo (USA) 11.80
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.70, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.26, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.14
Heat 8:Owen Wright (AUS) 13.50, Luke Stedman (AUS) 7.37, Andy Irons (HAW) N/S
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.37, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.77, Bobby Martinez (USA) 10.40
Heat 10:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.50, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.00, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 8.67
Heat 11:C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.50, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.50, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.17
Heat 12:Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.83, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.33, Chris Davidson (AUS) 9.03

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Dillon Graves (USA)
Heat 2:Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 3:Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 4:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 5:Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 6:Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 7:Andy Irons (HAW) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8:Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 9:Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 10:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11:Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 12:Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.50, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 10.34, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 7.20
Heat 2:Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.90, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.56, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 9.47
Heat 3:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.64, Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.53, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.84
Heat 4:Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 15.67, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.66, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.83
Heat 5:Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.57, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.66, Sage Erickson (USA) 9.83
Heat 6:Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Lee Ann Curren (FRA)

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1:Nikita Robb (ZAF) 11.77, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 8.97, Bethany Hamilton (HAW), 7.93
Heat 2:Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 11.07, Sage Erickson (USA) 1.84

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1:Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 2:Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Heat 3:Melanie Bartels (HAW) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 4:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5:Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Nikita Robb (ZAF)
Heat 6:Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 7:Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Heat 8:Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Bruna Schmitz (BRA)