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Slater was carried from the edge of the water to the scaffold by two friends, as hundreds of fans thronged around him. But during the World Title presentation, Slater seemed, "lackluster", according to one of his longtime friends and new school associates. "He didn't seem into it. Wasn't dramatic enough." But then it got dramatic two days later when it was determined that a miscalculation in the ratings had given Slater the title prematurely. A giant mistake on the part of the ASP, but Kelly loved it -- inwardly -- as he was the guy who reported the mistake, and created that kind of weirdness and drama he loves. That oddness set the stage for Sunday, the 6th of November as ASP officials made a tentative call to finish Round Four of the Rip Curl Pro Search. Conditions were hanging in the balance in the morning. There was plenty of swell, but conditions were sloppy and it looked like it could go either way: offshores cleaning it up, or more winds shutting it down. As it happened, the winds went bad, and Kelly Slater paddled out against Brazilian wunderkids Miguel Pupo and Gabriel Medina in Heat Two of Rd 4.© 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