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Slater needs to take a 9th to secure an unprecedented 11th crown. "I'm going to try and just be relaxed about it because it's a situation where you could feel tense in and want to get it over with it. The reality of it is the other guys have to win both events with my last heat win so the pressure is on them. "I don't feel like I can relax though because the guys now have to focus and that's when they could do something magic. That's how it goes in competition and I don't doubt that that's a possibility. It is close. I just need to catch four good waves in this event to win the title."© 2014 Rip Curl
Adriano de Souza is is storming form. "Coming off the win in Portugal last event has given me a lot of confidence," De Souza said. "We had amazing waves, but the waves are fun here too. It's much colder, but it's not too bad. San Francisco is beautiful and we're very fortunate to have all the support of the locals for having us here."© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Both wildcards, Dean Brady and Dillon Perillo, were sent home after a disappointing losses in Round 2, defeated by Owen Wright and by Joel Parkinson respectively. Joel was sceptical about paddling out to surf his heat due deteriorating conditions but managed to pull it out of the bag.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Dane Reynolds only a few hundred miles north of home went big but just couldn't connect two scores. Come on Dane surfing needs you and winning's fun, when you win.© 2014 Lucia Griggi
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith