THE BID for the 2014 World Championship Tour crown is still up in the air, after almost all the big names were knocked out of the third round at the Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal.
After four consecutive lay days, the event was finally called on yesterday evening (AEST time), with plans to run through Round 2 and as much of Round 3 as possible.
Coolangatta local Mick Fanning was up in the first Round 2 heat, with his bid for a World Title on the line against fellow Australian Jacob Willcox.
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Fanning started the heat with a bang, scoring an 8.50 and 9.43 in the first 5 minutes and needing nothing else to t ake out the clash.
Currumbin local Bede Burbidge also safely through to Round 3.
But it seemed nobody was safe in Round 3, with some of surfings biggest names failing to capitalise at Supertubos.
Joel Parkinson was the first big name to be axed from the competition, taken out by Adam Melling.
Then in stunning succession, World Number 1 and 2 Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater were both knocked out, stunning the thousands of fans lining the beach.
Mick Fanning and Alejo Muniz will battle it out in the last of the Round 3 heats when the event resumes.
It now means the battle for the World Title will continue at the final event of the year, the Hawaii Pipe Masters, in December.