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.