Kelly Slater Has NOT Won His 11th World Title, Yet

Is this the biggest math blunder in ASP history? Should we hide our Ke11y gear for a few more days? Photo: jackenglish.com

Kelly Slater has NOT won the World Title…Yet

This is for real, confirmed by Kelly Slater and the ASP.

In a surreal case of a math hiccup by the ASP, Kelly Slater’s win over Dan Ross in round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Search did not give him enough points to win his 11th world title. Yep, that’s right, folks. It’s a blunder of epic proportions.

Slater tweeted out this morning: “I’m not joking. I have not won the world title yet. I still have to win another heat! Give those shirts and hats back!

Here’s what the situation is now, as we understand it: Slater is up against Gabriel Medina and Miguel Pupo in Round 4. If he wins that heat, he’ll clinch number 11. If he loses in Round 4, he’ll still surf in Round 5 and would need to win there, where he’s looking like he could go up against either Matt Wilkinson, Taylor Knox, or Kieren Perrow.

Update: Here are the exact scenarios, according to the ASP. Basically Owen Wright needs to win in San Francisco and at Pipe, and Kelly would have to not advance through a single heat in both comps. In that case, they would tie, which would lead to an equally bizarre scenario: the ASP says the world title would then be decided by a “surf off.” Oooookay.

Here’s the breakdown:

REVISED 2011 ASP WORLD TITLE SCENARIOS:
- If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
- If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
- If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
- If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.
— Casey Koteen

This wave, a 7.70 against Dan Ross in the third round crowned Kelly his 11th title...err, hold that thought. Photo: jackenglish.com

ASP Press Release:

ASP Admits Calculation Error Prematurely Crowned 2011 ASP World Champion

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Friday, November 4, 2011) – The ASP has admitted that, due to a calculation error within its rankings’ system, the 2011 ASP World Title has yet to be officially decided and that Kelly Slater (USA), 39, was prematurely awarded his 11th ASP World Title on Tuesday.

“Our rankings’ system is designed to split tie-breaks based off of seed points,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “Kelly (Slater) and Owen (Wright) tied at best nine of 11 results, so we went to best eight of 11 results and the system gave it to Kelly based off his higher seed position. We were operating under that assumption and created the ASP World Title scenarios based off of that. This was a mistake. In the end, we’re responsible for this and should be held accountable. We apologize to our fans, the surfers and to Owen and Kelly.”

Moving forward, Slater must win one more heat, either at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco or at the following event at Pipeline in Hawaii to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. For Wright to remain in the hunt, he must win both the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco and the following event at Pipeline in Hawaii.

REVISED 2011 ASP WORLD TITLE SCENARIOS:

- If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
- If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
- If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
- If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series, will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, Livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, are calling New NW swell will build through the day on Friday and be strongest in the afternoon, with solidly overhead surf. Those waves fade throughout Saturday, although the morning will still be fairly solid. Our next swell will move in over Sunday afternoon and will be strongest Monday and will be a little smaller than the Friday afternoon swell. Variable onshore wind will prevail over the next few days, although there will be periods of light wind and relatively clean conditions.