Kelly Slater Wins Hurley Pro Trestles

Kelly, 105G's richer after today's victory. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly, 105G's richer after today's victory. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly was a freak today, as we already knew he was. When he surfs like he did today at the Hurley Pro it’s impossible to knock him down. I’m pretty sure seeing that number 1 on Jordy Smith’s back the entire week ate him up and lit the fire that could potentially lead to his 10th world title—but that’s months away and things can change at the drop of a hat. But Kelly does find himself in that number 1 slot now and I have a strange feeling that we won’t be seeing it leave his grasp this year…

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1.
Kelly Slater (USA) 40,000 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,500 pts
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 30,500 pts
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 30,250 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 29,500 pts

Kelly is $105K richer due partly to turns that no mortal can do, like this one. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly is $105K richer due partly to turns that no mortal can do, like this one. Photo: jackenglish.com

CJ Hobgood going backside on a Lowers bomb. Photo: jackenglish.com

CJ Hobgood going backside on a Lowers bomb. Photo: jackenglish.com

White Lightning did not strike two years in a row at Lowers. Photo: jackenglish.com

White Lightning did not strike two years in a row at Lowers. Photo: jackenglish.com

Taj Burrow wins the "most stylish laybacks of the event" in my book. Photo: jackenglish.com

Taj Burrow wins the "most stylish laybacks of the event" in my book. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dane Reynolds sits only 250 points behind Taj for third place at the moment. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dane Reynolds sits only 250 points behind Taj for third place at the moment. Photo: jackenglish.com

Bede Durbidge took down Jordy and Dane today but came up short against Kelly. Photo: jackenglish.com

Bede Durbidge took down Jordy and Dane today but came up short against Kelly. Photo: jackenglish.com

Jordy Smith's dad was on hand today, only to see his son give up that number 1 spot. But it's still a long ways away from crowning anyone. Photo: jackenglish.com

Jordy Smith's dad was on hand today, only to see his son give up that number 1 spot. But it's still a long ways away from crowning anyone. Photo: jackenglish.com

Damien Hobgood doing his best effort to get a barrel like Slater or Taj did today. Photo: jackenglish.com

Damien Hobgood doing his best effort to get a barrel like Slater or Taj did today. Photo: jackenglish.com

Owen Wright made a strong case for his rookie of the year campaign at Lowers this week. Photo: jackenglish.com

Owen Wright made a strong case for his rookie of the year campaign at Lowers this week. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kids love Dane. Hell everyone loves Dane. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kids love Dane. Hell everyone loves Dane. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly punched the clock today at noon and it paid off big time. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly punched the clock today at noon and it paid off big time. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kieren Perrow made the most of his injury wildcard by putting up his best result of the year, a fifth. Photo: jackenglish.com

Kieren Perrow made the most of his injury wildcard by putting up his best result of the year, a fifth. Photo: jackenglish.com

I wish I could do turns like this on "plug boards"—or any boards for that matter. Photo: jackenglish.com

I wish I could do turns like this on "plug boards"—or any boards for that matter. Photo: jackenglish.com

Adrian "Ace" Buchan jumped into the top 10 after Lowers and is heading into one of his favorite spots, France. Photo: jackenglish.com

Adrian "Ace" Buchan jumped into the top 10 after Lowers and is heading into one of his favorite spots, France. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dane's backside tailblows are the things dreams are made of. Photo: jackenglish.com

Dane's backside tailblows are the things dreams are made of. Photo: jackenglish.com

Your Hurley Pro champ, Kelly Slater. Photo: jackenglish.com

Your Hurley Pro champ, Kelly Slater. Photo: jackenglish.com

Congrats Kelly! As Taj noted yesterday, whoever wins this is gonna earn it and Kelly definitely earned it. Photo: jackenglish.com

Congrats Kelly! As Taj noted yesterday, whoever wins this is gonna earn it and Kelly definitely earned it. Photo: jackenglish.com

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