Well this is embarassing… Days after littering Ocean Beach with Ke11y Tees, hats and signs, rumors began to circulate about the champ celebrating preemptively. (Updated: 12:00pm PST)
According to Slater’s twitter page and now confirmed by the ASP, Kelly hasn’t yet officially taken the 11th World title. In a miscalculation Slater was mistakenly awarded 2011 World Champ Title prematurely. There are still several possible scenarios where Aussie surfer, Owen Wright could become the 2011 champ.
This morning he jokingly tweeted, “Hang on to that KS10 gear if you have some… just in case. HaHa.” and later twitted, “@aspworldtour isn’t gonna be happy with me or this but realized last night and confirmed just now with them. Only honest thing to do.” Then, “In all seriousness, there may be an honest mistake or computer glitch and we’re getting to the bottom of it now.”
Check out slater’s Twitter Page for yourself:
Now all eyes are on Owen to see if we’ll truly have a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Either way I think it’s safe to say that Slater’s got this in the bag, if not those Ke11y tees will be pretty hilarious collectibles. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the “Surf Off” Scenario below.
HERE ARE THE REVISED 2011 ASP WORLD TITLE SCENARIOS:
– If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
– If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
– If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
– If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.