King Kelly celebrates his fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title and a for-real shot at his tenth ASP World Title in 2010.
Kelly Slater Wins The 2010 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
In less than two minutes, 9-Time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater crushed Mick Fanning’s chances of “ringing the Bell” for a third time. During their final at Johanna Beach—one that had eleven ASP World Titles involved—Slater went on a tear with ten minutes remaining, blasting a huge alley-oop air and a searing blow tail 360 to end Fanning’s chances.
Surfing with a chipped bone on the top part of his right foot, the 37-year old took out California’s Bobby Martinez in the semis to set up a USA vs. Australia final. Winning the event for his fourth time, Slater tied Mark Richards for the most ever Bells Beach titles.
Of course he can play the didgeridoo...
“I was surprised when my feet landed on my board after that alley oop,” said Slater of the momentum-changing move. He then passed around the huge bell trophy that Rip Curl awards the winner every year, but not before giving the trophy away to the local Aboriginal tribe, thanking them in the process for letting the contest happen on their land. And as if he hadn’t showcased his talents enough, he started jamming on the didgeridoo with the local boys…is there anything this guy can’t do?—Justin Coté
The Wathaurongs (local Aboriginal tribe) battle against alcoholism takes a step backward as they are doused in champagne by runner up Mick Fanning.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach runner up Mick Fanning. "White Lightning" now sits at #5 in the World Tour ratings.
Jordy Smith narrowly lost to Mick Fanning in the semifinals.
Opting to surf a peak way down the beach, Bobby Martinez smashed Parko pretty good in their quarterfinal matchup. The Californian now sits in the #4 slot in the World Tour ratings.
A little pre-final smooch from his girl Kalani and Kelly is ready for battle against Fanning.
With a 5th place finish, Taj Burrow recorded his worst placing in months. He still leads the World Tour ratings though.
Coming from the master of head games, you gotta wonder if Kelly's foot injury is as bad as he's making it to be. Doesn't really matter though—he smoked Mick Fanning in the final.
Quarterfinalist Bede Durbidge is now ranked 6th in the world after the Bells event.
2010 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Champion Kelly Slater.
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