The Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 has entered the Quarterfinals without Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. Joel Parkinson, current ASP World Tour leader, has a great chance to extend his advantage towards the world surfing title.
Supertubos, in Peniche, is getting better. Improving three-to-five (1 – 1.5 metre) surf saw, at least, two shocking exits. Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning have left the Portuguese waves.
Kelly Slater suffered a elimination in Round 3 at the hands of Raoni Monteiro, significantly hindering his run for the 2012 ASP World Tour title. Holding three event wins this season (Fiji, Trestles, France), Slater is forced to carry a poor result in his year-end scoreline.