Kelly Slater came second here in 2011 on his way to an 11th world title.
"My preparation varies from event to event," Slater said. "Supertubos, on its day, is one of the funner waves we have on tour. It can be big and barreling and close to shore and the crowd is right there so you feel like you're interacting with them in the lineup. It's a great place."
While Slater sits at No. 2 on the ASP WCT rankings, the Floridian holds three wins for the season (Fiji, Trestles, France) and is in a commanding position for the final three events of the year.
"No pressure at the moment," Slater said. "I obviously have to perform in the last three events and so do all the other guys. When the race is close like it is this year, it's definitely a lot more exciting and I feel like I perform well in those situations. The younger guys like Gabriel (Medina) and John John (Florence) and that whole generation are so talented. I'm lucky that I probably only have to compete against them for three more events."
Which is an admission of the fact he'll definitely retire after 2012? More smoke and mirror from the reigning champ.
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