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Kai Otton wins the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Penich
Reef is thrilled to congratulate head-to-toe ambassador, Kai Otton, on his maiden ASP World Tour win, a result that came from a combination of backhand and forehand surfing with some impeccable tube riding.
On Thursday, Otton bested ASP Rookie of the year, Nat Young of California to win the Moche Rip Curl Pro At Supertubes in Peniche, Portugal.
Otton was hot right out of the gate, beating young sensation Gabriel Medina to go directly to the third round where he stepped past fellow Australian, Bede Durbidge. The gutsy goofyfoot had his work cut out for him after losing in round four, but came up with a convincing win over John John Florence in a beachbreak barrel showdown.
On the final day of competition, Otton surfed a crucial quarterfinal heat with Mick Fanning, who was looking to clinch the 2013 ASP World Title in Portugal. But Otton forced the title race to be decided in Hawaii this December with Fanning and Kelly Slater gunning for it. Capitalizing on his momentum, Otton then downed defending ASP World Champ, Joel Parkinson in the semifinal. This set up the final battle with rising star, Young in tough conditions, but Otton fought through, clinching his personal best result, winning the final 12.23-11.03.
“I just can’t even comprehend it,” said a thrilled Otton, “I just really want to dedicate it to my Granddad. He passed away the year I qualified and he never saw me get on tour. So, this is for you mate.”