Kelly Slater (Quiksilver) secured an historic 11th ASP World Title on Saturday (November 5th) while setting a seemingly insurmountable benchmark in the sport of surfing for greatness. Slater, 39, took home the championship in round #4 of the Rip Curl ProSearch against Gabriel Medina and Miguel Pupo, on the heels of what many believed to be a win of the title on Wednesday. But soon after the win Wednesday, Kelly found there to be mistakes in the tallying of points for the world title and soon after informed the ASP and fans. Commenting on his decision to announce the calculation errors to the ASP and fans, Kelly said, “The decision was pretty easy. That’s why it’s a cliche. You know, your parents always tell you that honesty is the best policy. I just figured that instead of letting any more seconds or minutes pass, with me knowing that, that it was best just to say it. At that point I felt hugely relieved. It stressed me out to know that and not have other people know it.”
Kelly soon took to the water again, putting together what was needed to take home his 11th ASP World Title. Afterwards Kelly said, “I put together what I thought was a pretty good heat today, it wasn’t spectacular but those waves are hard to ride and hard to pick. It will be fun to go to Pipe and just relax and have fun.”
“I put together what I thought was a pretty good heat today—it wasn’t spectacular but those waves are hard to ride and hard to pick. It will be fun to go to Pipe and just relax and have fun.”
Now having accumulated enough points to take home his 11th ASP World Title, Kelly’s next stop will be Pipe in Hawaii. Which will certainly be one to watch.
It would have been amazing for the title to come down to Pipe, but knowing Kelly, there will be no lack of competitiveness, even with having the championship already in the bag.
A truly remarkable feat has been accomplished. As if eleven world titles is not enough, Kelly has managed to be both the youngest (at 20) and oldest at (at 39) ASP World Champion. Which begs the question; Is this Kelly’s last tour? We’d all hope not, but the argument can certainly be made for both cases. On one hand he would be leaving with back to back world titles, 11 in total, and at a point in his career where he is solidly at the top. But on the other hand his leaving would be the end of an era. And Kelly would be faced with leaving not only something that he obviously loves, but something that he has only ever known. But I for one can not think of a better person to help usher in the new era of surfing, than Kelly. It is without a doubt that without Kelly surfing would change, but with his ambassadorship it could certainly change for the better.
Kelly, we support you either way.
Congratulations on your 11th World Title!
THANK YOU KELLY