August 28th, 2015
Posts Tagged ‘kelly slater’
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”.
San Francisco – Exactly one year after the passing of A.I. (the driving force behind Slater’s comeback) Kelly clinched an unprecedented 11th world surfing title. With the first world title ever won on American Soil, KS10 just evolved into KE11y.
After cruising through a breezy bumpy first round, the winds switch off-shore for his second round bout against Aussie Dan Ross. The rifling barrels were shutting down on surfers all morning and his heat was no exception. After a few closeouts, he threw down some of his signature snaps for a come-from-behind victory over Rossy by a single point.
As Kelly delivered his victory speech, world #2 Owen Wright posted the highest wave scores of the event. A respectable response for losing the title race by the second year pro.
The second oldest guy on tour was chaired up the beach for something that we’ll never see again. Statistical probabilities like winning his 11th title on 11/11/11, and dangers like Dusty’s shark sighting enhanced the drama. But the only special coincidences came when he clinched on the one year anniversary of AI’s passing.
A moment of silence for Andy Irons
Kelly published a story this morning about the heavy experiences he and Andy went through.
“I’ve been asked for many opinions and interviews about Andy Irons and the situations and decisions that lead to his early departure from our world. It’s not something I take lightly. I have my own opinions about not only Andy’s choices and how he ultimately got to the place he did”
Read the whole passage on The Initertia
The Rip Curl Pro Search cemented its claim to hosting a historical series of events with their “floating license” to hold a world tour event in a different location each season. The critics of this year’s big city venues are eating their words with the epic conditions we’ve seen in during this year’s world title race.
And of course people were already asking about his race for #12 during his acceptance speech.
Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France ran today then paused, due to the forecast showing 10ft waves headed for Europe’s surfing capital this weekend. Quiksilver made a wise choice in Mickey Picon as the contest director, because only locals can predict conditions resulting from a 20ft tide swing. The sandbank that competitors surf at the start of their heat can turn into shore-pounding sand-surge in a half-hour.
Already in round 1 & 2 a record breaking seven board were snapped in a single heat, and the currents challenged surfers to even make it to the line-up. 3-time event champ Mick Fanning posted the highest scores of the event, while his countrymen and world title contenders Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr made early departures from the comp.
As the buoys start to bob and guys start waving down the skis like their lives depend on it, expect two surfers to pull away from the pack: Frenchmen Jeremy Flores, and world #1 Kelly Slater. Jeremy’s tube riding skills are as sharp as any, and with the locals hooting from the beach, expect to see J-Flo go for broke. Kelly has won at Hossegor, but not under his sponsor Quiksilver’s banner. So if Owen goes down in the 3rd, Bob Mcknight might start production on the new “Ke11y” apparel line.
The next call is 8:30 local time/ 11:30 PST… but remember they have heats on-demand the next day at quiksilverlive.com so you don’t blow it at work tomorrow.
Hossegor -Situated in south west France, this little Basque town draws such amazing waves and vibes, that Tom Curren settled down here to raise his kids. If you surf, but the family wants a European vacation, you’re a fool not to book a trip to the Basque Country. Hanging in Hossegor, you’ll be getting free surf tips from T.Knox at breakfast, and be sitting across from Lopezs at lunch. With the best stretches of sandbars in the world literally breaking on WWII monuments, you’re sure to score in Hossegor.
Capbreton: Rampy Beachbreak amongst WWII Bunkers
The Quiksliver Pro New York kicked off this morning, and the first question the announcers asked was “What fin set-up is Kelly using?” For the third straight event he screwed in his signature FCS K2.1 quad fins, and easily advanced through his round 1 heat. He sent fellow Quik rider and local wild-card Balaram Stack into the losers round. For more contest updates, visit quiksilverpro.com
Critics thought Slater’s fins were too big for the gutless 2-4ft waves, but Kelly anticipates significant swell to move in via Hurricane Katia, and he looks ready to destroy any wave/anyone with his current fin configuration. He forecasts “We’ll find some peaky barrels and we’ll see what happens. I know that Hurricane swell is out there.” Not one to over-hype conditions, we look forward to seeing what Kelly and Katia bring in the coming rounds at the Quiksilver Pro New York.
The quad fin set-up has gradually gained popularity in the past few years, and Kelly is taking it to new levels this year as he four-fins his way to winning three straight events in 2ft-TOH surf.
At the Billabong Pro Tahiti Kelly Slater proved once again that he’s the best surfer on the planet. In what many described as the heaviest and most terrifying World Tour Event to date, Slater defeated Aussie surfer Owen Wright at the 2011 Billabong Pro at Teahupoo. On a board much smaller than his competitors’ and ridinghis signature K2.1 quad fin set-up, Slater weaved through slabby, 6-12ft barrels to claim his 2nd World tour Victory this year.
Of his fin choice the 10x World Tour Champ said, “I rode my K2.1 Quad set-up for the entire event, it felt really fast and comfortable in the tube. The quad set-up seems to provide a little more security especially in the barrel, it also gives you more control when you’re riding a shorter board.”
Not only did this choice of equipment propel him at the infamous reef pass, but it also helped him win at the sloppy 2-4ft beach break surf at the US Open of Surfing as well. There, with the same K2.1 set-up, Kelly both won the event and pulled off one of the craziest maneuvers in the competition’s history by landing a no grab, backside 360 during a heat (This was against yet another hyper-progressive Lost Atlas surfer, Dusty Payne).
These wins have put Slater at the top of the World title ratings and it seems like only a matter of time before we start seeing the KE-11-Y flags being raised. In an interview in Tahiti he remarked “Since there’s no other multi-contest winners at this point in the year, it’d be almost impossible to catch up if I had three wins after New York.”