Kelly Slater Wins Historic 10th ASP World Title

Billabong Pro Tahiti: 3rd place

Kelly freefalling into his 10. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

Kelly freefalling into his 10. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

The ASP executed a schedule change this year to hopefully garner some better swells at Teahupoo. But it didn’t quite work out. Even so, Kelly squeaks by local wildcard Heiarii Williams in Round 3, butchers rookie Adam Melling in Round 4, and dropped the only 10 of the event against Ace Buchan in the quarters. “It’s been a while (since getting a 10),” Slater said. “That was probably the best wave of the day. I looked at the first one, and I was surprised Ace (Adrian Buchan) went on the first one. The second one usually sucks out more and is more hollow. I was a little bit far back when I was paddling, and when I turned around to go, the wind was pushing me back. So I really had to overcompensate once I got to the bottom and finally set my edge. It was a good one though.”

This is a familiar site from over the years: Kelly getting the best barrel at Teahupoo. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

This is a familiar sight from over the years: Kelly getting the barrel of the day at Teahupoo. Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

"Come on. 10's the theme here if you're not quite getting it yet." Photo: Bielmann/SPL

"Come on. 10's the theme here if you're not quite getting it yet." Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kelly then continues on to the semis where a battle the world had been waiting for, with a now red-hot Andy Irons, goes down. Andy fumbled on his first wave but recovered quickly and made that ten look almost irrelevant. Andy eventually wins the contest and Kelly bounces back after the hard-to-swallow 17th at J-Bay. The third place finish moves Kelly up to second in the ratings, right behind Jordy Smith.

Kelly got to spend his entire time in Tahiti this year with his brothers Sean and Stephen. The swan song theme at work again. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kelly got to spend his entire time in Tahiti this year with his brothers Sean and Stephen. The swan song theme at work again. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kelly stalling hard. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kelly stalling hard. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

On to the Hurley Lowers Pro on the next page.

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