Tiago Pires has delivered the upset of the year defeating Kelly Slater in round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search. With less than a minute to go in their heat, Tiago baited a priority holding Kelly into a mediocre wave that never materialized into anything. With the second (and better) wave of the set looming out the back, Tiago was left all alone with a chance to take down the champ and he delivered, getting pitted deep and coming out clean with fists blazing.
Tiago is the only top 45 surfer on tour to defeat Kelly this year. He’s undoubtedly made all the other title contenders happy and I’m sure there will be more than a few Bintangs coming his way tonight.
Tags: Kelly Slater
Posted by Cameron on Friday, August 1st, 2008 in Surfing.