Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Mick And Taj Bow Out

Rookie Matt Wilkinson edged out Taj Burrow by just .17 of a point, but it did a boatload of damage to Taj's World Title hopes. Photo: Dorsey

Rookie Matt Wilkinson edged out Taj Burrow by just .17 of a point, but it did a boatload of damage to Taj's World Title hopes. Photo: Dorsey

Today, Taj Burrow’s continued strings of World Title realities being just hopes went down yet again. Rookie Matt Wilkinson edged him out and that pretty much put the stake in Taj’s title run this year, seeing how he now has two 13ths a 33rd and a 17th.

Speaking of World Title hopes, Mick Fanning saw his window close a little bit today after a huge upset at the hands of Travis Logie, giving Mick his first double digit result of the year. Travis took out Dane yesterday and I honestly thought Mick would make dog food of him today—not the case.

Kelly surfed incredibly well, but something tells me he was holding back his best surfing. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly surfed incredibly well, but something tells me he was holding back his best surfing. Photo: Dorsey

Yesterday Travis Logie upset Dane Reynolds and he followed that performance up by taking out Mick Fanning today. Photo: Dorsey

Yesterday Travis Logie upset Dane Reynolds and he followed that performance up by taking out Mick Fanning today. Photo: Dorsey

Owen Wright grabbed the fourth 10 of the 2010 ASP World Title Race season today when he took off on a left with his creased board, threw a blasting checkturn to set up a massive, fully rotated 360 Slob. Announcer Dave Mailman blew it though. He called Owen’s 10 a Mute when in fact it was a Slob, and he continued to call it wrongly a Mute. Then they brought Wilko in and he called it a Mute, too. What gives??? Wilko did kind of correct himself later, saying that a Mute is also called a Slob, but that’s just not true either—a Slob is a frontside rotation and a Mute is a backside rotation.

Here’s a few notes from photographer Damea Dorsey’s e-mail:

  • -Wilko was pumped on beating TB, and TB was pure class after the defeat.
  • -Davo’s looking hungry so hide the judges, contest checks, and your girlfriends.
  • -Slater’s pretty much got number 10 in the bag. He started playing and experimenting in his heat against Gabe. Kling was tripping, and slipping, and falling. Kelly’s looking really comfortable, solid, strong, focused, relaxed, you name it.
  • -Can’t believe Fanning lost to Travis today. So painful to watch it happen.
  • -Didn’t stick around to shoot the super glarey backlit heats. Watched Brett lose to Jadson and Jordy take down Dingo while drinking a cold one at the local bar.
To Mick's credit, putting up 15.93 points beats Travis Logie nine times out of ten. Photo: Dorsey

To Mick's credit, putting up 15.93 points beats Travis Logie nine times out of ten. Photo: Dorsey

Look who decided to show up on the beach today! Photo: Dorsey

Look who decided to show up on the beach today! Photo: Dorsey

World Title Implications:

After Portugal, only two events remain. With Taj bowing out today he’s pretty much out of the picture. It’s really now mathematically a 3-man-race. Mick still has a chance, and you can’t count him out because he’s one of the most focused competitors around. Jordy is still going strong in Portugal and needs to do as good as Kelly or better to keep on the 9-time champ. With Jordy it comes down to whether or not the pressure of his first potential World Title will get to him. And Kelly is Kelly. Like I said, mathematically it’s a 3-man-race. But realistically, it’s the Kelly Slater swan song.

Things get mixed up for Round 4 tomorrow in the non-elimination-three-man-heats round, so stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for full coverage.—Ryan Brower

CHECK OUT THE DAY 2 PHOTOS.

CHECK OUT THE DAY 1 PHOTOS.

CHECK OUT CARISSA MOORE’S WIN IN THE WOMEN’S EVENT.

Davo put up a big win against Taylor Knox and is looking hungry. Photo: Dorsey

Davo put up a big win against Taylor Knox and is looking hungry. Photo: Dorsey

Taj still lit a few waves up before being handed the loss by Wilko. Photo: Dorsey

Taj still lit a few waves up before being handed the loss by Wilko. Photo: Dorsey

Taj didn't let another World Title hope that just went down the drain interfere with good sportsmanship though. Photo: Dorsey

Taj didn't let another World Title hope that just went down the drain interfere with good sportsmanship though. Photo: Dorsey

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