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Shock horror, the heat (not score) of the day went to Kelly Slater. For once support on the beach was leaning towards the other side, Nic had got this far and just perhaps he would pull off an audacious win? But no, Kelly took it in the final seconds with a full rotation. Shades of New York with less oomph and disappointment written all over the victims's face as he just bows his head at the ability of Kelly to pull it out of the bag when he needs it. "Just to finish that wave I was happy," Slater said. "That was one that was a full battle back and forth mentally. Nic got cleaned up by 20 waves and the sets stopped when he got out and then he broke his board and I didn't capitalize on those sets. I hadn't finished a good one midway through the heat and then he came back really well. I never had any great waves overall. "Luckily I got one with about 8 seconds left. I had the carve to start and it went a little dead until the end. The lip launched me perfectly in the air and had a good cushion to land on. I thought it'd be close either way. I would have been stoked for him, he's such a good guy and obviously everyone's pulling for him."© 2014 Rip Curl
Oliver Nermerich went to the Algarve for a blogger event and stayed to make a surf movie.
A pin sharp glance through the Hurley Pro as we (roughly) approach the mid point.
It may be too late for the ASP Big Wave World Tour, but Dungeons lit up.
Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...