Billabong Pro Santa Catarina 2010: Kelly Slater Rebounds In Round 2

Kelly Slater battles his injury from the last stop of the 2010 ASP World Tour and hopes to take things slow and steady at Santa Catarina as he makes his rebound in the upcoming rounds.

Kelly Slater.  Photo: ASPThe 2010 ASP World Tour is now at its third stop, the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina in Brazil. 

The opening rounds saw American rookies Patrick Gudauskas and younger brother Tanner Gudauskas give solid performances in Round 1 while nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater rebounded in Round 2.

The field of 45 competitors will be cut down to 32 at the halfway mark of the season, thus the first five events will play a crucial role in all competitors’ chances at battling for the 2010 ASP World Title.

Tanner Gudauskas had a great start to his Billabong Pro Santa Catarina campaign, relegating ASP Dream Tour staples Dean Morrison and Kai Otton to Round 2 while advancing directly through to Round 3.

With a 33rd and 17th currently in his score line, the young rookie is out to post a breakthrough performance in Brazil.

 "Shea Lopez (former ASP World Tour campaigner) gave my brother and me some good advice," said Tanner Gudauskas. "He said, the first two events were wave-catching contests and this one is a wave-riding contest. The field is a bit more level and Brazil is where Pat and I need to make our moves."

Older brother Patrick Gudauskas, who is currently rated 23rd on the ASP World Title Rankings, was victorious over Australian Ben Dunn and ASP World Tour staple Kieren Perrow.

Kelly Slater comments on his unfortunate luck in the past few heats, which seems to be improving.

"I was just lost at sea yesterday," Slater said. "Every wave I paddled for seemed to evaporate after one turn. In today's heat, I was just focused on getting a lot of waves and picking ones that would allow for a lot of maneuvers."

Kelly Slater, currently perched at the top as ASP World No. 2, is still caring for his foot injury from Bells, which has luckily not prevented him from giving top performances.

"It's still pretty ginger," Kelly Slater said. "I didn't tape it today because I'm no doctor and sometimes when you tape it, it stresses other parts of the foot. It went fine though. It feels good to put a heat together here and hopefully I can build a bit of a rhythm."

Hopefully, Kelly Slater's foot will not develop into a more serious problem for the surfer as ASP World Tour continues with the 2010 Billabong Pro Santa Catarina in Brazil.

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