Billabong Pro Tahiti: 3rd place
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.”
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.
On to the Hurley Lowers Pro on the next page.
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