Kind of a crazy year for Mr. Slates when you think about it he committed to doing the tour, lost to a bunch of wildcards, started an entire hurricane of conjecture with talk of an alternate tour, won Brazil, and then officially loses his chances of a tenth world title earlier today.
Before we start getting into the significance of this news, Kelly's role in pro surfing, and the future of competitive surfing altogether, lets take a minute to talk about Owen Wright. Not only has he owned the ASP's Pro Junior this year and had a hefty impact on the WQS, but the kid beat the best surfer in the world twice.
The rest of the varsity squad, Ceej, Jordy, Bede, Parko, Dane, and Taj will advance to Round 3. Young Pat Gudauskas gave Mick a hot run for his money in the last heat of the day, but Mick is still alive and in stellar form.
Thus far, the Search is truly living up to its name, as Damien Hardman and Rip Curl are searching every break in the Peniche region. Today was at Belgas. The place is rocking. We'll have more as it unfolds.