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  • Slater crowned winner of Quiksilver Pro France

    The unstoppable Slater has claimed the Quiksilver Pro! Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion, claimed his 51st elite tour victory today, besting Quiksilver’s wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA), 27, in a hard-fought Final to take out the Quiksilver Pro France.

    20 years after his first professional win held in France, Kelly Slater adds the Quiksilver Pro France to his impressive list of achievements.

    Kelly got the trophy from 5 time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in front of an amazing crowd.

    The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be in Portugal from October 10 – 21, 2012.

    QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:

        1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 17.26
        2 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00

    QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMIFINALS RESULTS:

        SF 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.70 def. John John Florence (HAW) 15.60
        SF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.93

    CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro France):

        1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 46,200 pts
        2. Kelly Slater (USA) 45,450 pts
        3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,000
        4. John John Florence (HAW) 39,150 pts
        5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 31,900 pts

  • Slater storms it at the Volcom Fiji Pro!

     

    Nice work Slater! Reigning world champion Kelly Slater got his campaign for a 12th world crown back on track with victory at the Volcom Fiji Pro. The result now places him as no.2 in the World Championship Tour.

    The 40-year-old beat Brazilian teenager Gabriel Medina in pumping four-to-six foot (one-and-a-half-to-two metre) surf at Cloudbreak to jump back up to second in the world rankings.

    “That’s probably the best I could surf out there,” said Slater, who posted single waves scores of 8.33 and 9.83 out of a possible 10 early in the final. “The barrel and the turn sections just lined up for me and I was able to do what I did. That was a perfect canvas for me.

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    “The waves just pumped today. It’s about time I got him. He had my number in the back half of last year and he’ll probably go on to beat everyone for the next 20 years. “He can do it all and I think he proved that to a lot of people this week at Restaurants and out here at Cloudbreak.”

    Medina took out Mick Fanning in the semi-finals, the Australian taking over at the top of the world championship standings after finishing tied for third with compatriot Joel Parkinson.

    “I’m pretty happy with my result,” Medina said. “The waves here have been so good all week and it has been a great trip.

    “I haven’t had the best season in terms of results but I’m very happy to make the Final and congrats to Kelly (Slater) – he was surfing amazing all event.”

    The next stop on the world tour is not until August at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti, where Slater is the defending champion.

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO FINAL RESULTS:

    1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.16

    2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.87

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

    SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6.57

    SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO REMAINING QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

    QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.57 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 7.76

    QF 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.14 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.76

    CURRENT ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR TOP 5 (After Volcom Fiji Pro):

    1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 24,750 pts

    2. Kelly Slater (USA) 23,700 pts

    3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 23,700 pts

    4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22,400 pts

    5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 20,950 pts

     

    c/o Eurosport

     

  • Kelly Slater joins the Go Pro team!

    We're excited about the news Kelly Slater has joined the Go Pro team! Seriously looking forward to checking out the footage he films (and pretending we can do better!!).

    c/o Go Pro: GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile cameras and producer of some of today’s most engaging content, is excited to welcome 11 time Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Champion, Kelly Slater, to its team of athletes.

    “I’m stoked. I’ve had a lot of fun with the GoPro camera and in just the few sessions I’ve had so far with it, I’ve gotten more images than I have in a long time,” said Kelly Slater.

    Slater has dominated the sport for two decades, becoming both the youngest (at age 20), and the oldest (at age 39) surfer to win the ASP title. He joins GoPro’s team of surf athletes that include Mark Healey, Alana Blanchard, Sunny Garcia, Jamie Sterling, Kelia Moniz, Harley Ingleby, Monyca Byrne Wickey, Hughes Oyarzabel, Anthony Walsh, Kalani Chapman and Chuck Patterson.

    “Working with Kelly takes me back to why I started GoPro,” says GoPro’s Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman. “We began as a wrist camera for surfing company with a vision to help the average surfer capture photos that made him or her look like a pro…like Kelly Slater. Now GoPro is helping Kelly, himself, capture and share his own experience with fans around the world and it’s blowing my mind. I guess this whole GoPro thing is kind of working out…”

    In addition to competing on the ASP world tour, Kelly spends much of his time traveling the globe in search of the best surf. Photos and videos captured by Kelly during his travels will be broadcast on The GoPro Network at GoPro.com, GoPro’s Facebook page and on GoPro’s YouTube Channel.

    Check out his 'welcome to the team' You Tube video from this link : http://youtu.be/fjoF55NAo_c

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  • Mick Fanning defeats Kelly Slater to ring 'The Bell' at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

    Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, has claimed the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger over reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, in offshore three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.

    Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion today with pundits calling it the “best Final in event history.” The Australian and American went blow for blow throughout the 35-minute bout, exchanging massive scores and the lead several times before the dust settled.

    “I’m so pumped,” Fanning said. “Kelly (Slater) did that Hail Mary for the 10 and I thought, ‘oh, here we go.’ I just caught waves and I’m stoked it all paid off. I’m really at a loss for words and I’m just pumped. It doesn’t get any sweeter. The crowd’s been amazing with the whole amphitheater and the history that comes with it. I always picture this event and have had some seconds over the years, so to get this one, I’m so pumped.”

    The win marked Fanning’s 14th elite tour win and his first Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach win since 2001. It also brings the Australian’s record with Slater closer to even at 7 to Kelly’s 8 in their heat matchup history.
    “I’m just stoked because it’s been so long,” Fanning said. “It doesn’t seem strange that it’s taken so long to win another one when you’ve got guys like Joel (Parkinson), Jordy (Smith) and Kelly (Slater) on tour and I usually come up just a bit short. Usually against Joel, but I got him today!”

    This year’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was dedicated to the memory of three-time event winner Michael Peterson (AUS), who tragically passed away last week, and the Final was preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of the great Australian.

    “I was on the verge of tears out the back,” Fanning said. “I just sat out the back before the Final and just took in the whole crowd. It’s not everyday you’ve got the crowd cheering and I could have paddled in after that, but I’m glad I didn’t though.”

    Although finishing an uncharacteristic 13th at his homebreak on the Gold Coast, today’s victory rockets Fanning to No. 3 on the ASP World Championship Tour rankings heading into the next event.
    “I had a bit of a meltdown at the first event,” Fanning said. “I knew everything was working well. I knew I just needed to go and simple things up. I took the headphones off and had a lot more fun. I knew there were going to be a lot of waves with the tide dropping out and I guess I just wanted to be on the good ones. You’ve got to just believe in your judgment and I’m stoked.”

    Slater fought back from an early combination situation with an incredible full-rotation aerial for a Perfect 10. The legendary natural-footer backed it up moments later with an 8.07 to take the lead, but would only hold it briefly after an assault from Fanning.

    “I was moving around trying to get active and I was just finding my feet,” Slater said. “I knew Mick (Fanning) was going to be real patient. I knew he got that start and then I tried to talk to him and he put his serious head on and pissed me off, so I thought I’d throw a big rotator on him and it wasn’t enough. That was pretty exciting for me. Even when he had the 9 and 8-something, I had a feeling I was in it. I felt like something good was going to come my way and it started to. I had one more chance and that was about it. I knew it was going to be a bit of a struggle with the waves out there, with the long intervals and long lulls, but that’s just the way it goes.”

    Slater’s Runner-Up finish moves him back to the No. 1 spot on the ASP World Championship Tour ratings.

    Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, defending Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, was a standout throughout the entire event, dominating the Bells Bowl and Rincon sections with an unmatched affinity. However, the stylish natural-footer would fall to Gold Coast stable mate Fanning in the Semifinals despite an impressive array of scores.

    “I told Mick (Fanning) to ring that thing,” Parkinson said. “He beat me and I hope he beats Kelly (Slater). No one is more deserving. He’s come close so many times and put more time in here than anyone. If it wasn’t me, I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d want to see win it. We’ve had lots of battles and today I couldn’t get a good turn in. I was hoping for more waves and I was hoping to surf it out rather than sit it out. It’d be great to see Mick win it today. He’s a Kirra boy and he deserves it in memory of him, Michael (Peterson) was such a Kirra legend and Mick too, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting end to the day.”

    Parkinson’s Equal 3rd today bumps him to No. 4 on the ASP World Championship Tour ratings heading into the next event.

    Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, posted two massive wins over lethal rookie John John Florence (AUS), 19, and form goofy-footer Owen Wright (AUS), 22. The young Frenchmen dissected the Bells walls with unmatched precision, but a priority interference in his Semifinal bout with reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, would see Flores bundled out with an Equal 3rd.

    “I’m disappointed with the result,” Flores said. “I feel like I was surfing really well and I didn’t agree with the interference call. That’s surfing though so I just have to brush it off and focus on the next one.”

    Article c/o Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 April, 2012

  • Kelly Slater does it again! 11x ASP champ!

    Congrats to Kelly Slater who made history yesterday (Wednesday 2nd November 2011) winning the ASP World Championship for a record 11th time! Slater surfed to victory at the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco.

    As offshore winds whipped the tops off of a 4 to 6 foot northwest swell at Ocean Beach, Slater made the most of the cold, demanding conditions. He tallied a heat score of 15.13, eliminating Daniel Ross by .73 to clinch his record title.

    With a convincing win in his first round matchup against Kai Otton and wildcard Dean Brady Tuesday, Slater had to advance out of round three to assure himself at least ninth place, which would numerically eliminate all other would-be contenders.

    "It feels like the circle has been completed," said Slater. "I knew somewhere in the back of my mind eleven was there, but I honestly don't think about twelve. I was born on 2/11 and now to win on 11/2, it's a weird coincidence and it does feel like the completion of something. It was a goal I set at the beginning of the year and luckily I got to it."

    This is Slater's second consecutive ASP world title. It also comes a year to the day that three-time world champion Andy Irons died.

    "I started thinking about Andy a couple days ago," told Slater. "And today, it's like he's watching over us. We had a little memorial for him today, and now the waves, the weather, it just feels like he was watching over use. Emotionally it's still a very hard thing to reconcile with."

    At 39 years old Slater, who is from Cocoa Beach, Fla., has the distinction of being the youngest and oldest world champion in professional surfing. In a career that's spanned 20 years, he's won a record 48 tour events, more than $3 million in prize money and eleven world titles. His first title came in '92, and by '98 he had accrued a total of six. He then stepped away from competition for two years, returning to the tour in 2001 and winning his first "comeback" crown in 2005.

    Slater began his 2011 campaign with a win at the Quiksilver Pro Australia. He would finish fifth and 13th at the next two events, respectively. Then in July, instead of traveling to South Africa for the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, he opted to chase a massive south swell to Fiji and the island of Tavarua. Figuring his season to be a wash, at that point he did not consider himself a contender for the title.

    Then in early August he won the U.S. Open of Surfing, a victory that because of its ASP rating would not count in his bid for a title, but did kick start a two-month command performance. At month's end, the Billabong Pro Tahiti roared into the frontal lobe of the surfing world's conscious. Thanks to a monumental south swell, Teahupoo provided what is unanimously considered some of the best surfing the world tour has seen, and there to bask in all its glory was none other than the man himself.

    Now back in the title chase -- but still a relatively distant threat -- he would go on to finish second at the Quiksilver Pro New York, and win the Hurley Pro in California (he met Australia' Owen Wright in all three finals, setting yet another ASP benchmark). Then a second place finish at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in early October all but sealed the deal.

    Sailing into San Francisco, Slater just needed "four good waves."

    "Now I can go to Hawaii and really relax and not worry about my result at Pipeline," said Slater. "I'm going to really have to consider if I'm going to do the tour after this."

    The Rip Curl Pro Search broke briefly to award Slater the title before competition resumed.

     

  • Kelly Slater Makes History Winning His 10th ASP World Title

    A massive congratulations to Quiksilver's Kelly Slater on winning his 10th (yes 10th!) ASP World Championship title in Puerto Rico on 6th November 2010. His ASP World Title accomplishments span two decades and make surf legend Slater both the youngest and oldest ASP World Champions!

    Slater scored an incredible 18.77 out of a possible 20 in the Final - even managing to score a Perfect 10!

    Kelly says: "I feel relieved honestly - it's been the most stressful title I've ever had, because it's sort of an unknown place and you know at my age people say 'you shouldn't be doing this.' And all the young guys are getting better and it's a challenge to believe in yourself and not believe what other people tell you. I know how good Jordy, Dane, Mick, Taj and all those guys are, and it's a marathon, you know? It's not one wave, it's not one maneuver, it's not one contest. It's a year-long thing and I know how to focus and it came together and I'm just so relieved."

    Slater won his previous ASP titles in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Other achievements also include 45 WCT wins and 2 ESPN X Games gold medals. Now 2010 marks this 10th ASP World Title victory - remember the date guys, this will go down in surfing history! Congrats Kelly!

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