Kelly Slater Wins His 11th ASP World Title…This Time For Real


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Kelly and Kalani. Photo: jackenglish.com


Kelly Gets His 11TH As Surfing’s biggest “oops” is Finally Resolved

12 or so hours after the ASP botched the math and crowned Kelly Slater champ one heat too early at the Rip Curl Search Pro “Somewhere” In San Francisco, surf fans all over the world were woken up from their post-championship party with an apology—Kelly was not champ. The boxes of “Ke11y” t-shirts had already been handed out and the champagne had flowed for hours when Kelly found out he needed one more heat to actually win the title. Thankfully the champ hadn’t gone in to full celebration bender mode and blown off the rest of the event. Kelly, unlike most, was ready to go back to work. With the mathematical equation resolved, the ASP figured out that Kelly needed just one more heat win. In his round four heat, Kelly beat Gabriel Medina and Miguel Pupo, to finally secure the title. After a long few days of apologies, press releases, press-release-retractions, and endless stream of web banter (Bobby Martinez is loving every second of it), all was well in Slaterland. For at least 24 hours, Owen Wright still has a small mathematical chance at taking the title, but Kelly’s final nail in the coffin sealed the deal, and for now, the next question will be, will Kelly come back?

There is one more day of competition at the Rip Curl Search Pro, and with “Slatergate” behind us, it’s time to watch the battle for second place, and look forward to the Vans Triple Crown on the North Shore of Oahu. So Kelly, all those congrats tweets we sent you, then took back, well—Congrats again champ! And thanks for the t-shirt…—Chris Coté

After being crowned prematurely earlier in the week, Kelly Slater officially wins his 11th World Title after smoking Brazilian surfers Gabriel Medina and Miguel Pupo. “I was going against kids who could be my kids.”

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Sunday, November 6, 2011) – Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has officially claimed a historic 11th ASP World Title today, clinching the year-long pursuit with his advancement in to the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.

In tricky three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves, Kelly Slater got the best of young Brazilians Miguel Pupo (BRA), 19, and Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17, in his non-elimination Round 4 heat to advance directly through to the Quarterfinals and secure an unprecedented 11th ASP World Title.


“It was a confirmed the other day, but we’re sure now,” Slater said. “I’m stoked. I was upset about it, but I also thought it was really funny. There are no hard feelings towards ASP and mistakes happen. It’s easy to point things out. It was a little tough to readjust and I was going against kids who could be my kids and they throw radical airs. I was hoping for big offshore barrels, not closeout onshore ramps. I just didn’t know what to expect out there. I didn’t know if we’d have air sections and it was kind of flat with a lot of power. The waves were closeouts and fast with a weird landing.”

Slater, who was prematurely crowned the ASP World Champion after a mathematical error occurred earlier this week, admitted that securing his 11th elite crown today was a bit lackluster, but remained positive regarding the mistake.

“It’s a little anticlimactic,” Slater said. “I texted my mom, because it’s funny because I didn’t really have the emotion the other day. This is my profession and it’s a little on me to know the situation and it’s not just everyone else’s fault. There have been a few of these mistakes over the course of history, but this one was a bit weird, but I called Renato (Hickel) in the morning after I won because I was supposed to do this Dan Patrick show and I hadn’t won yet. I knew we wouldn’t surf for a day or two so people could get it out of their system and I could have a few days to refocus.”

Pat Gudauskas. Photo: jackenglish.com

2011 ASP World Title Series Results:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Equal 5th
Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 13th
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay: No Show
Billabong Pro Tahiti: WINNER
Quiksilver Pro New York: Runner-Up
Hurley Pro at Trestles: WINNER
Quiksilver Pro France: Equal 5th
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Runner-UP
Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco: TBD
Billabong Pipeline Masters: TBD

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search, are expecting new NW groundswell will begin to rebuild the surf throughout the afternoon on Sunday and will be strongest Monday. Smaller, but very contestable, leftovers prevail Tuesday. Onshore flow will continue Sunday, with lighter and more favorable early next week, especially Tuesday. Unstable weather and wind prevails for the last few days of the waiting period with an area of low pressure directly off the coast.

Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco: Day 3 Results And Wrap

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Sunday, November 6, 2011) – The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco returned to Ocean Beach in peaky three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves after three consecutive lay days and saw Kelly Slater (USA), 39, officially claim his 11th ASP World Title while completing the non-elimination Round 4.

Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, stayed busy in the peaky conditions on offer at Ocean Beach and built momentum throughout his Round 3 bout, consistently launching impressive airs before throwing a one maneuver inverted grab-rail reverse to secure his position in Round 4. “Even when it was pumping I couldn’t find good waves so I was just catching whatever is in front of me,” Kerr said. “Sometimes you can be patient and you can’t find anything, so for me it’s best to stay busy. The best ones form up in the middle of the bank and I had that one at the end and just did an upside-down grab-rail reverse.”

Kerr, current No. 8 on the ASP World Title Rankings, continued to assert his dominance in Round 4 when he launched a massive alley-oop, earning a near-perfect 9.57, out of 10, for the ride and the innovative Australian’s advancement through to the Quarterfinals comes as a relief after two early exits in the European events. “Tiago (Pires) just came from a final in tiny waves, and he’s no slouch in the powerful ones so I knew he’d be tough,” Kerr said “Every win’s a good win. I’ve had a couple of bad results in Europe so it feels good to come back and be where I want to be.”

Kieren Perrow (AUS), 34, current No. 32 on the men’s ASP World Ranking, continued his dominance amidst the tricky Ocean Beach lineup to advance directly through to the Quarterfinals over fellow veteran Taylor Knox (USA), 40, and Matt Wilkinson (AUS), 23.

“I’m stoked, I needed a good result here and I’m looking forward to some good waves,” Perrow said. “It was looking like it was starting to improve. I didn’t expect to win a heat with two 5’s, but I’m wrapped and hoping to get some good waves. There are lots of waves breaking everywhere and I got my scores in the first few minutes. It’s a bummer when the conditions are like that, but fortunately no one loses in this round.”

Alejo Muniz (BRA) ,21, got the best of a last-minute exchange to overtake Brett Simpson (USA), 26, to secure his Round 4 heat victory and a position in the Quarterfinals. “It was tough out there, you can’t hear the announcer, so you never know what you need,” Muniz said. “Sometimes you don’t have to be the best, you just need two nice waves. I liked this heat and I’m stoked to get through to the quarters. I tried to surf in the pocket because I knew it was a set wave and, didn’t know Brett had the left. I knew I had a mid-range score and just tried to get a good score.”

Muniz, who has been a standout on his rookie year amongst the ASP Top 34, is in contention for the coveted ASP Rookie of the Year award, but knows it will be difficult to surpass Julian Wilson (AUS), 22. “It’s been great, I’m trying to learn as much as I can,” Muniz said. “It’s really hard to make heats and I’m trying to find confidence because everyone surfs so well. I’m just trying to enjoy myself. I know it’ll be hard to catch Jules (Julian Wilson). He’s been ripping, but I’m just trying to get another result.”

Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 26, went for broke in his Round 3 heat, eliminating powerful South African Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, when he launched a massive Gorkin flip, earning an 8.73 for the single maneuver. Unfortunately for the young American, an awkward landing on his back ankle sent him to the beach early and the official diagnosis on the potentially serious injury has yet to be confirmed.

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series and holds a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, Livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search, are expecting new NW groundswell will begin to rebuild the surf throughout the afternoon on Sunday and will be strongest Monday. Smaller, but very contestable, leftovers prevail Tuesday. Onshore flow will continue Sunday, with lighter and more favorable early next week, especially Tuesday. Unstable weather and wind prevails for the last few days of the waiting period with an area of low pressure directly off the coast.

For additional information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

UPCOMING RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.67, Taylor Knox (USA) 9.94, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.43
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.17, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.33, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.83
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.60, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.83, Owen Wright (AUS) 9.36
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.63, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.57, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 0.00

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.44 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 9.83
Heat 12: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.46 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.90

Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco
ASP World Title Event No. 10 of 11
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California USA
November 1 – 12, 2011