Kelly Slater Wins Historic 10th ASP World Title

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Another victory for the champ in 2010. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Another victory for the champ in 2010. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Mick and Taj both bowed out in Round 3, dismissing themselves from this year’s title race entirely. This means it’s all on the shoulders of the young South African, Jordy Smith, to stop Slater from obtaining his 10th World Title.

Kelly was manhandling these lefts all day long. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly was manhandling these lefts all day long. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy does all he can, decimating any and all surfers in his path. The semis come around and Kelly and Jordy take care of Davo and Jeremy, respectively. Kelly landed yet another massive alley-oop leaving Davo scratching his head before saluting the Champ.

The alleyoop that left Davo scratching his head. Sequence: Dorsey

The alleyoop that left Davo scratching his head. Sequence: Dorsey

Shot 2. Sequence: Dorsey

Shot 2. Sequence: Dorsey

Shot 3. Sequence: Dorsey

Shot 3. Sequence: Dorsey

And he nails it. Sequence: Dorsey

And he nails it. Sequence: Dorsey

The match-up everyone wants to see is set. Jordy vs. Kelly. If Jordy wins it means things are very, very far from over. If Kelly wins number 10 could all but be a formality now. It was a tight final, with Kelly getting the upperhand by completing all his moves while Jordy fumbles going for some bigger stuff. Kelly wins only by 1.9 points, but it’s what comes from the mere 1.9 points that creates a giant gap.

Jordy is relegated to doing the popping of the champagne. Photo: Dorsey

Jordy is relegated to doing the popping of the champagne. Photo: Dorsey

Kelly’s lead is now extended to nearly 10,000 points, leaving these scenarios for Puerto Rico: “If Kelly gets a 3rd or better in Puerto Rico, he clinches the title; Kelly gets a 5th/9th, Jordy needs a 1st; Kelly gets 13th/25th, Jordy needs a 3rd; We can also say that if Jordy gets a 5th or worse, Kelly is the Champion—even with a 25th.”

On to the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico on the next page.

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