|| Yo ricky-congrats bro.Keep flying the BLUFF FLAG arnd the GLOBE. || BLUFF POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! || WARNING!!!!This is just da start of a new era of Surfing, SAFAS are about to take over and the aussies r 1st on da list...KING COFFEEDREADCAT.. || WELL DONE RICKY!!!!! AH AH AH - SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU HAVE DONE YOURSELF, SOUTH AFRICA AND THE BLUFF (especially!!) PROUD!! YESSS!! LOVE PALMBOOMS || travis logie u no 1 arno zait israel || Chk the 40 in the QS and CT, Ozzies still dominate after 25 yrs. Well done lads...Green & Gold || BLUFF POWER BOOM BOOM,DALLAS GO EASY ON RICKY TONIGHT!!!!!!!!! || CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!!NECO!!!!!!FRON BRASIL || go ricky ya da man BLUFF POWER from all the bluff boys in london || Spewin the waves didnt come for you dayyoof, you freak dude! || i think ricky's just smashed neve, bruun (aussies love sheep) || wat u doin dayyan || ah its not dayyan's lucky day.... RICKY!!!!!! || When Ricky wins he will be 3rd on the WQS, dayyan will be 2nd and Neco P no.1 || NOW WHAT HAVE ALL THOSE AUSSIES GOT TO SAY???? RICKY'S KILLING IT..FULL SUPPORT FROM COFFEE AND THE CREW AT WAVE-HOUSE SOUTH-AFRICA || Ricky you are the best thing in SA since Mandela!! || god is with u ricky arno israel || Go Ricky!!! Sick surfin so far to make da finals Brah...from Big G & all da ous at the New Pier Coffee Shop. || every saffa loves to see an ausie go down, send him home crying ricky... || Keep going Ricky!!! Just one more to win!!! The Wests - PE || DAYYAN WILL SMASH RICKY FROM TYSON BRUUN || YEWWWWWWWWWWW GO DAYOFF FROM TYSON BRUUN PS NSB RIPS || cmon dayyan you poof from tyson b and jan || yeeeeww big squeezes hunt hunt hunt! Mum and Papa Serrano || DAYYAN TAKE IT EASY BUT TAKE IT.....DAVE STEELE CULT TEAM MATE IN PORTUGAL.IT IS YOUR TIME. || WELL DONE ON MAKING THE FINALS RICKY!! SO PROUD OF YOU. YESSSSSSS...GO THE BLUFF!!!! THE PALMBOOMS || RICKY YOU HAVE MADE SA PROUD YOU MUST WIN!!!..LOTS OF LOVE FROM EAST LONDON SA ROBB FAMILY || come on Ricky stick it to the ozzies so they can shut their loud mouths for once g-man london || Go doofy!!!.. (that was for you dimmy) jen... || Go Dayyan from all at Taylor Made Travel
Antonio Bortoletto



CR: Okay, nice one Antonio. You just scraped through that one in the last couple of seconds. Needed a mid-range score and then caught that smaller wave. Tell us about that.
AB: Ja well, I got an 8.50 or whatever and I needed to get rid of a 5, but then it went flat. There were seven minutes to go and then it went flat, and I knew that there was no way that the ocean was going to be flat for seven minutes. Then one came through and the guy in yellow, he was down in fourth and I knew he was going to get that one. I turned around and watched the whole wave, then thought to myself Okay I gotta get a wave now. Then right at the end I saw a lump coming. That guy who was in first, Darren ORafferty, also wanted it, but I thought to myself Im going no matter what! and he obviously saw that I was amped for it so he kinda pulled back and let me have it. I was in a position where if I didnt go on that wave hey, I was gonna go left, right, whatever way you know? Any way! Even if I had to go straight! (laughs) I went left and hit it, then saw a little right reform and though just dont stuff it up hey!.


CR: You must have been stoked?
AB: It feels good, hey, just to get the score. It kinda makes up for those times when you just lose.


CR: Then hearing all the guys cheering for you when they announced the score? I saw you coming up the beach and you were putting your fist in the air looking really happy.
AB: Ah, really stoked. Obviously theres a lot of people who would like to see me do well, so its great to keep them happy and myself happy! (laughs)


CR: So, squeezing through, second South African in the Round of 24, hows the confidence levels now?
AB: Well this contest is wide open, any one of us could take it. Its that simple. Theres a lot of good surfers here, but sheesh, we can all do it hey. Its not a case of when it was this big event and we were in awe of these superstars. Its wide open, and if you can get the waves and do what you can do Id like to just notch it up a bit obviously, get a bit more outrageous with my surfing in the later rounds. Its looking good that a South African could win. And if not win, then at least do well. A lot better than weve done in the past. Obviously one of us could take it, and we would all be very stoked. Wed all be very, very happy, just amongst each other, and wed all be cheering each other on every step of the way.


CR: And after this, whats next for you?
AB: Im hoping to make it into the WCT. Ive had a really bad start to this year, but the WQS year actually hasnt even started yet. There are big events after this I go off to Huntington Beach and then I go defend my title at Newquay.


CR: For sure, lets not forget Newquay.
AB: Ja, I feel really confident there too. I won there last year and even the years before, Ive done well, so Im feeling good about that. And then France and Portugal, and then after that I should hopefully be in position to qualify. After that its Brazil and Hawaii, but Id like to qualify before Hawaii. It can get pretty tough in Hawaii, so Id like to steal it before then.


CR: Sounds good broe. And well done again, the guys are rooting for you hey.
AB: Shot man, cheers.