Kelly Slater

Slater almost put an end to Simpson's dream run, losing in their semifinal duel by a mere four one hundredths of a point. "I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders with that 0.04 separating the two," one of the judges was heard saying shortly after Simpson had advanced into the final. "It was so close, but Brett was surfing sharper and faster. I wish he hadn't made a couple little mistakes so it would have opened things up more, but the right guy won that one." (Jason Kenworthy)