The Rip Curl Pro Search ASP surf contest in San Francisco has had no shortage of excitement, and it's only has had a few days of competition! We had Dusty Payne chased out of the water in his heat, thanks to a shark charging at him, Patrick Gudauskas fracturing his ankle on a big air reverse, and oh yeah, Kelly Slater winning his 11th ASP world title, by beating out Daniel Ross in Round 3, Then the ASP acknowledging they made a mathematical error and Slater didn't really win the title, to now definitely nailing down the title in Sunday's heat.
Even by the miscalculation, it would've taken a miracle for it not to eventually happen. Basically Owen Wright needed to win every heat for the rest of the year and Slater would have to lose every heat.
For more on the specifics, check out ESPN's article
The point is moot now because Slater, in true king Kelly fasion, blew through his heat Sunday and advanced to the quarterfinals in San Fransisco.
He didn't "win" last time with new school airs, 360s, supermans...., just good 'ol fashioned old school surfing. Ripping hard clean power turns, and long barrels and big floaters.
And today, it was the same deal in the head high choppy surf of Northern California coast. He pulled of a HUGE floater that only Kelly could land, giving him a 9.1 score, and sealing the deal on the trophy.
The best wave he caught though, was after the buzzer sounded. Slater pulled into an impossibly deep and long barrel. He was in there so long the camera guy gave up. Suddenly the crowd erupted, Slater comes roaring out like it was nothing. That just goes to show you, you should NEVER take your eye or camera off Kelly when he's in the barrel. More times than not, he's coming out. What a victory lap! If that were in competition, it would've been a 10 for sure!!!
This is the first time anyone has won a world title on U.S. mainland soil. A big boost for the city, the state and the whole country.
If you missed the heat Sunday, You can check out the whole thing on Rip Curl's Live Control , just click on Round 4 heat 2.
If you missed the first one, here's how it all went down:
More on Ke11y's victory on Quiksilver.com
Originally from Cocoa Beach Florida, Kelly Slater has dominated the sport for 20 years and shows no signs of letting up. Starting the world tour as a teenager, winning his first title at 20 years old, he is now just three months shy of his 40th birthday. There has been nobody in sporting history, not even Tiger Woods, that has shown the consistency and domination that Slater has. Arguably the most successful athlete of all time. This win falls on the one year anniversary of 3 time world surfing champion Andy Irons tragic death. Slater comments on how it makes it more special for him, and how he's been thinking about his old close friend and rival.
Go King Ke11y! Congrats to our home state hero for 11 in 11!!! Back in his home town of Cocoa Beach, His memorial statue has already been decorated with a fitting "11".
If you want some Ke11y merchandise, check out the Quiksilver store.
The Rip Curl Pro Search will continue Monday, probably wrapping up and crowning a winner. Click to watch it LIVE. Heats will start at 11am eastern time. The ASP world tour will wrap up on the North Shore of Hawaii at the Bonzai Pipeline starting December 8th.
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