2013 Rip Curl Pro Portugal Highlights
Kai Otton: Champion
The top of the podium looked especially good for Kai Otton, who celebrated the first ASP World Tour win of his career at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Thursday.
The only people happier about his win than Otton himself were all of his mates who have been there with him through thick and thin. Tonight everybody in Peniche will party.
It was an up-and-down day for Young, who would have loved to win the event, but had to settle for second place and ASP "Rookie of the Year" honors.
It was a relatively slow-scoring final, but Otton found the pieces he needed to put together the win.
Though he put together a couple average-scoring waves in tricky conditions, Nat Young was unable to find the one key ride that would have put him over the top.
Rip Curl Pro Portugal
The beach in Peniche was packed for the final day of competition.
Kai Otton got things going early on in the day and didn't stop until the final. He'll make a significant move up the ratings board now.
Josh Kerr made it into the semifinals and continues to be one of the most dangerous surfers on tour, in any and all conditions.
Julian Wilson punted one of the biggest alley-oops of the ASP season, stomping a perfect 10 for the one maneuver and creating a lot of Internet buzz in the process.
John John Florence
While victory has eluded John John Florence so far this year, he's had some very memorable moments, including this gem from Peniche.
Mick Fanning had a chance to clinch his third world title in Portugal, but a misstep in the quarterfinals ended his run. The title race will now come down to the Pipe Masters.
Matty Wilkinson found some good tubes during the first few rounds and earned a ninth-place finish. He'll be looking to make up some ground going into Hawaii as he needs a good result to qualify for the 2014 Tour.
The big news during the first half of the contest was Kelly Slater's Round 2 loss. He breathed a sigh of relief when Fanning lost in the quarters. The title race will continue in Hawaii.