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As Andre took scalp followed by scalp the crowd could hardly contain themselves after losing home favourite Adriano de Souza. "What do I say?" Andre said. "This is my dream. This is everything I have worked for in my life. To be on the beach and hear that I was the winner, something special came over me. I don't know how to put into words. It's a miracle. I have had some bad things happen in my life, but this is amazing. I am so thankful to everyone for this."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Q: "Kelly, looking at the groms winning here, do you feel old?" A: "No, not if I beat them." He didn't quite manage to win but Kelly Slater is back in a big way and world title number 10 is a distinct possibility. "It definitely puts me in a good spot this season heading into Jeffreys Bay and Tahiti," Slater said. "I think it's been almost two years since I've led the rankings and yeah, it feels good. "Obviously, you want to win every heat, but that said, I didn't lose to a Mick Fanning, a Joel Parkinson, or a Jordy Smith, who are probably bigger threats in terms of the title. Jadson Andre winning here today is special and it's probably something that he'll remember for the rest of his life." The current world number one showed little, if any, weaknesses throughout the event, only falling to Andre's hyper-kinetic forehand in the final.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
In semifinal one Dane Reynolds (who had been on fire) said he didn't want to get comboed by Jadson Andre early and after 6 minutes he was just so -- 16 points down. The crowd were loving it, Andre was loving it, and Dane was left in a lonely place. Suddenly Dane turned into a bastard version of Taylor Knox and sandblasted spray everywhere getting a big score needed (an 8 plus) and coming out of combo land with only a few minutes left. Unbelievably he nailed the high 7 he needed with 40 seconds to spare. Jadson though had other ideas and with only a few seconds remaining sliced the guts from the final wave with scalpel sharp strokes. Where did he come from again? The crowd went spare -- the scores dropped with both surfers back on the sand and they all went bonkers -- displaying some serious joy in their local boy making the final.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Revenge time for Kelly in the second semifinal? Owen Wright derailed the 9 times world champ twice in their last two meetings and Kelly doesn't like losing. The ex world champ went out strong, looking fit, fast and despite his problematic foot notched up a series of mid-range scores. With 5 minutes to go Owen Wright still only needed a mid 5, which turned into a 7.18 with 2 minutes left and bam, Kelly was in the final with barely a whimper of opposition. Who had the hoodoo on who there? Viva la revolution, chalk one up to the 'new' old school. "I'm rapt with my result," Wright said. "The tide really filled in and it became challenging to find them out there. Kelly can pretty much do anything and he was able to stay busy during that semi. "I'm stoked with 3rd and it definitely helps with the seeding heading into these next two events. I've never been to J-Bay before but I'm frothing to get there."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
In quarter final one Jadson Andre, right at the last, took off nailed an early aerial reverse, linked up a few turns, and popped a little aerial to finish. He needed an 8.27 and he got an 8.5 to take down the Tahitian Spartan Michel Bourez who is no 2010 slouch. More was to come though.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
CJ vs Dane in quarter final two, an all American match-up after Dane had taken down the local favourite De Souza. CJ laid down the early score and Dane couldn't quite get it going. CJ then scored a 7 for one massive punt and that was it, done, dusted. Dane then nailed a ginormous tweaked-up full rotation, the future bared its modest chest. Needing an 8 plus he stomped a 9.77. Suddenly, minutes away from elimination he became the event favourite. "I haven't tried a method grab like that in, shit, I dunno, 5 years. 9 times out of ten I would have fallen. I don't do them cos I never land them." Said the perennially modest Reynolds.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Owen Wright vs Taylor Knox - young vs old, new versus old was the third quarter tie and Owen didn't disappoint. He laid down turn-to-aerial-to-turn in perfect synchronicity scoring fives and sixes. Knox who took out Fanning in Round 4 was generously scored a 6 then a 6.43 for waves your author (shoot me down, I'm no surf judge) did not consider to be technically more challenging than the youngster's efforts. Wright let his surfing do the talking and knocked out a seven plus which gave him the heat but even without that wave he should have walked it.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
The final quarter final was the money match-up, p2 and p3 on the world tour, winner tops the other in the table: Kelly the handsome old dog versus Jordy Smith the progressive bull. Slats knocked out an 8.6 and suddenly you remember he's not really that old, he was the new school and still pretty much is. (Anything you can do I can do too, except I'll look smoother pulling it off.) Check that man's board for straps, nails or glue -- whatever he did the board remained fastened to his fundaments. "Any time you get the chance to surf against Kelly is a privilege," Said Jordy. "I stuck to my game plan of hunting the lefts, and he stuck to the rights which hadn't really been breaking all day. But he's Kelly and he can summon waves like that. I'm disappointed, but still happy with the way I surfed. It's another good result for me and I'm looking forward to getting good waves at J-Bay."© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
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