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Slater was carried from the edge of the water to the scaffold by two friends, as hundreds of fans thronged around him. But during the World Title presentation, Slater seemed, "lackluster", according to one of his longtime friends and new school associates. "He didn't seem into it. Wasn't dramatic enough." But then it got dramatic two days later when it was determined that a miscalculation in the ratings had given Slater the title prematurely. A giant mistake on the part of the ASP, but Kelly loved it -- inwardly -- as he was the guy who reported the mistake, and created that kind of weirdness and drama he loves. That oddness set the stage for Sunday, the 6th of November as ASP officials made a tentative call to finish Round Four of the Rip Curl Pro Search. Conditions were hanging in the balance in the morning. There was plenty of swell, but conditions were sloppy and it looked like it could go either way: offshores cleaning it up, or more winds shutting it down. As it happened, the winds went bad, and Kelly Slater paddled out against Brazilian wunderkids Miguel Pupo and Gabriel Medina in Heat Two of Rd 4.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.
We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.
Next week we have great looking numbers for Trestles, the Wedge and elsewhere in Southern California.
Big old Tasmanian tubes and Marti Paradisis in the land of empty slabs.