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When Micheal Jordan steped on the court you knew he would do enough to win the game for the Bulls. Similarly when Slater needed a 6.88 with a few minutes left against Dan Ross you knew he would get it and that was it done and done dusted with one case of absenteeism, plus one and a half events left in the calendar. He's currently on 48 tour wins, a feat we will not see repeated in a generation and he's not stopped yet. What happened to talk of retirement?© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Kelly is a total crowd pleaser, they ringed the shore and hassled to chair him him the beach. It's a long way from the shore to the podium here. The funny thing is with Kelly is that aside a few muttering industry insiders there are very few who dislike him, the majority cheer his every dominant footstep. He's an idol, the like of which are rare indeed.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Whilst all this was going on there was still an event going down with fittingly Owen Wright surfing. He'll have his day but there was painful poetry in him pulling a massive 9.77 slob air reverse to a sightless crowd with their backs to ocean, mobbing the only guy higher than him in the year's rankings. "I was loving it out there," Wright said. "As soon as I got out there, I got told there would be a break after Kelly's heat I didn't even know it had started. After that they started calling out my scores and I was thinking 'what have I done.' It's just really fun out there actually. Kelly winning the title didn't really change my attitude. I really want to get a good result here and finish the year off strong. Kelly's been amazing and congrats to him. It's something I want to gain from him and compete against him and go for it again."© 2014 Rip Curl/Nate Lawrence
What else happened? KP beat Mick Fanning who's only second to Dane Reynolds in the loss of form stakes. KP went out and blitzed a critical opener. "It's what you need against Mick fanning," Perrow said. "That was one of my better heats in awhile and I'm stoked to win a heat. We have fun conditions and I got good lefts at the start but I started getting nervous with 10 minutes left and got lucky that I got that right that came at the end. A good peak popped up and I dropped in late and got behind that first section and just pushed it. I'm stoked I got a 9, I didn't know it'd be that good of a score."© 2014 Rip Curl/Nate Lawrence
Whilst Fanning seems to be unable to stich two consecutive heats together, Dane Reynolds can't connect two waves in a heat. He all but mathematically waved goodbye to his official status as a 2012 tour surfer. Does he even care? Is his competitive mind shot for the foreseeable? It used to be Dane went big or went home, it was cavalier but everyone loved it, now he damp squibs. His feet refuse to stay with him, wandering off point at crucial moments whilst he pushes the wrong sections past the point of no return. For fans it's a shame to watch the most creative surfer on tour fluffing his lines.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
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