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"I missed Brazil because I had a cut in my heel and couldn't really turn," Slater said. "I figured I'd just rest up and get focused. Probably the one that hurt the worst was Teahupo'o. I made two or three mistakes in a row and Ricardo (dos Santos) got a 9.8 with seven seconds left. I had a bad string over the last few months. It kind of fell apart after France. Portugal was a tough one and Santa Cruz, I was just real wobbly. "For whatever reason, the momentum went in Parko's direction. It was cool that it came down to this, it would have been cooler to have it come down to the Final. Joel's been on tour for 10 or 11 years now and been in the hunt ever since he started. He's an amazing surfer. He's just the guy that makes it look easy. He can pull whatever our when he needs to," said Slater.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Josh Kerr battled his way to a career first ASP WCT Final. The Australian suffered a heavy wipeout in his round four heat with Slater and Gabriel Medina (BRA), resulting in a brief trip to the hospital. After medical clearance, Kerr overcame the setback to take it all the way to the final. "It's been a hectic day," Kerr said. "My first heat, I've been having nerve damage in my neck and my left side went numb when I fell. I had to get an x-ray and made it back for my next heat and made it through to the final. Congrats to Parko as well. I'll be back next year and hopefully one place better." Kerr finishes the 2012 ASP season ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT rankings.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
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