Kai Otton Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche, ASP World Title Race Heads to Hawaii

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 17, 2013)Kai Otton (AUS), 33, has just won the Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Moche in a hard-fought final over rookie Nat Young (USA), 22, in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) 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!”

Otton, who now sits at No. 7 on the ASP WCT Rankings following the victory, has been one of the most consistent surfers in 2013 and his road to victory in Portugal saw the Australian best a flock of the world’s best surfers. The goofy-footer was unstoppable on the final day of competition, defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence (HAW), 20, two-time ASP World Champion and current rankings leader Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, en route to the final.

“One of the things that has changed for me this year is my girlfriend being pregnant, I’m pretty excited about that,” Otton continued. “It’s unbelievable, it’s the next chapter I’m really looking forward to. It’s amazing to have all of the support, all my home town of Tathra, my Mom and Dad who supported me all of my career. To get here is kind of a pinnacle for me.”

Nat Young, who secured the ASP Rookie of the Year title on his way to the final, had a stellar run throughout the event, earning his second final berth of the 2013 season. The Californian would stay busy in his 35 minute clash, but was unable to maintain his rhythm to surpass Otton and would finish runner-up.

“The whole final was really frustrating, I couldn’t really get one good wave,” Young said. “I’ve been searching up-and-down the beach for waves and I was exhausted in the end. It’s been a good day for sure, after getting that close a second place is heart-breaking for sure but it’s still a great result, and Rookie of the Year is amazing too.”

Young’s road to the final was also impressive, with the rookie topping Australian fly-boy Josh Kerr (AUS), 29, in the Semifinals and Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in the Quarterfinals. The result propels Young into the Top 10 before the final event at Pipeline.

Josh Kerr was dominant on the final day of competition, posting two incredible rides while attaining the event’s high heat-total of 18.40 out of 20 in a Round 5 win over Taj Burrow (AUS), 35. Kerr managed to navigate through a tricky Quarterfinal heat, but would eventually fall to Young in the Semifinals.

“To look back on it, it’s a great result but a pretty frustrating kind of contest for me though,” Kerr stated. “I never really got a good rhythm going in any heat and kind of stumbled my way to the semis, it’s a little bit frustrating not being able to unleash out there and do what I wanted to do. Even in that one high-scoring heat, I got a 9 right at the start and it took me til the end to get my next good score.”

Joel Parkinson, reigning ASP World Champion, put in some solid heats to make his way to the Semifinals, defeating form surfers Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, and Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 25. Parkinson however was unable to put a stop to Otton’s efforts, and with an equal third place in Portugal, is officially out of the 2013 ASP World Title Race.

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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1 – Kai Otton (AUS) 12.23
2 – Nat Young (USA) 11.03

SF 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.83 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.23
SF 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.66

QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90
QF 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 10.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.43
QF 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.54
QF 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 8.56

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.10
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.16
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.33 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.90
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.53

Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.50, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.50, Kai Otton (AUS) 9.90
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00, John John Florence (HAW) 11.70, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.74
Heat 3: Nat Young (USA) 14.67, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.60, Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.46
Heat 4: C.J Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 9.30, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.17

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Peterson Crisanto Tops Josh Kerr to Win Reef Pro El Salvador

PUNTA ROCA, La Libertad/El Salvador (Sunday, July 14, 2013) – Peterson Crisanto (BRA), 21, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Reef Pro El Salvador over Josh Kerr (AUS), 28, in dominant fashion, earning his first major victory in clean four-to-six foot waves at the world-class righthand pointbreak of Punta Roca.

Crisanto, who was a standout throughout the entirety of the Reef Pro El Salvador, returned to form on the final day of competition, dismantling the flawless walls of Punta Roca with incredible poise and variety on his forehand. Crisanto would maintain his rhythm on the Final day, besting ASP WCT veteran Fred Patacchia (HAW), 31, in the Semifinals and would go on to command the wave-starved Final against Kerr, earning an 8.60 and 7.83 for the win.

“This is my first ASP 6-Star event win,” Crisanto said. “I’ve been training really hard and before this event I went to Mexico and trained on the right points there. I’m so stoked to get my first win. I’m shaking right now, I can’t believe I won!”

The Reef Pro El Salvador represents a breakthrough result for the ASP World Junior Tour Standout and Crisanto hopes to carry the confidence earned in El Salvador towards his future ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) qualification campaign.

“I’m so proud to have won the way that I did because I had to beat guys that were on the WCT,” Crisanto said. “I just focused on my surfing and my confidence now is 100 percent. I’m going to keep training and hope to get a good result in the U.S. Open.”

Josh Kerr, top seed at the Reef Pro El Salvador and current ASP World No. 9, was one to watch in each round, commanding several heats on his way to the Final. Kerr would top ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA), 20, and Wade Carmichael (AUS), 20 on his way to the Final, but was unable to surpass Crisanto’s rampage finishing runner-up.

“It’s a long way to the final and it’s tough to lose, but it was definitely a good event,” Kerr said. “It’s such a sick wave and it’s too bad the waves didn’t show up for the final. It slowed down so much and it was kind of pumping just before the final. It was a sick event. It’s my first time to El Salvador and the place is amazing.”

Wade Carmichael (AUS), 20, winner of last week’s ASP 4-Star Surf Open Acapulco, continued his tear through Latin America with another big result at the Reef Pro El Salvador. The Australian nearly earned a second consecutive final appearance, but would fall short in a close heat against Josh Kerr to finish equal 3rd overall.

“My Central American trip went so well and I’m happy with it,” Carmichael said. “This wave is incredible, it’s just perfect and I had a great time.”

Fred Patacchia (HAW), 31, was lethal on his backhand throughout the Reef Pro El Salvador, consistently earning top scores throughout the event with impeccable wave selection and incredible execution. The ASP WCT veteran was stellar once again on the Final day, but was unable to surpass Peterson Crisanto in their Semifinals clash, finishing equal 3rd.

“I gave Peterson (Crisanto) priority at the start and I probably shouldn’t have,” Patacchia said. “I didn’t think he was going to be that picky with his waves and he was pretty smart about his wave selection and it caught me off guard. I think I gave him a little too much breathing room and he took it and ran with him. Good on him. He surfed a great heat.”

Patacchia, who was absent throughout the opening ASP WCT season due to an ankle injury, is building momentum throughout the back half of the year and hopes his result at the Reef Pro El Salvador is a sign of things to come.

“It feels great to know you can still do it and it’s reassurance that the ankle is getting better,” Patacchia said. “I’m stoked. I haven’t surfed these kinds of waves in awhile, where you’re doing five, six or even more turns on one wave with only two guys out and it was fun. That’s really what I came down for and I had a blast.”

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1 – Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.43
2 – Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.83

SF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.86 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.77
SF 2: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.76 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 9.93

QF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.83 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 5.90
QF 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.67 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 9.33
QF 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.57 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.17
QF 4: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 17.40 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.06

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