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Kelly Slater Wins Record 11th Surfing Title

Slater, considered the world's top surfer, graced the shores of Long Beach in September.

World-renowned surfer Kelly Slater did it again on Wednesday, collecting his record 11th Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) title at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco.

Slater, who competed in the Quiksilver Pro New York hosted in Long Beach in September, only needed to win his first two heats to clinch the title. According to ESPN, Slater tallied a heat score of 15.13, eliminating Daniel Ross by .73 in the second heat to clinch the title in what were referred to as "cold, demanding conditions."

"People always talk about my age," Slater told The Australian after his win. "I'm 39 going on 40 in a few months and, to me, that's literally just a number. If you can prove people wrong and stay healthy — to me, I don't see why at 50 I can't be in better shape than right now, and I think I'm going to be."

The Florida native had a rough start to the 2011 season and found himself on the outside of any chance at a title, but a strong August got him back in the hunt heading into the Quiksilver Pro New York hosted in Long Beach.

According to ESPN:

Now back in the title chase — but still a relatively distant threat — he would go on to finish second at the Quiksilver Pro New York, and win the Hurley Pro in California (he met Australia's Owen Wright in all three finals, setting yet another ASP benchmark). Then a second place finish at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in early October all but sealed the deal.

Despite falling in the finals to Wright, Slater became a fan-favorite in Long Beach back in September after wowing residents again and again. He nailed the only perfect score of the competition with an incredible big air 360 (see video).

After the Quiksilver Pro New York wrapped up, Slater and other pro surfers stuck around a little longer and joined local firefighters and police officers who rode their boards side-by-side in the Bravest vs. Finest Surf Challenge.

Brendan November 03, 2011 at 07:23 PM
He won a tour, part of which was held in Long Beach. That's why it is being reported here. Some of the points he scored in LB counted towards his title.
Candygram for Mongo November 03, 2011 at 07:53 PM
the local kids went crazy when he was on the beach - was great to see
Al November 03, 2011 at 08:54 PM
MeAgains, you are incorrect. The Tour he has clinched, the ASP Tour (Association of Surfing Professionals) consists of competitions all around the world. While Kelly did not win the Quiksilver pro NY, he did come in second and amassed a certain amount of points towards his overall score. He also did not win the Rip Curl Pro in San Franciso. He did however accumulate enough points in that competition to clinch victory in the ASP Tour even though there is one more event still to be held. He is so far ahead in points that nobody can catch him. Hope that clears things up. By the way, he was a real gentleman when he was here signing autographs and posing for photos with the local kids who were overjoyed.
Al November 04, 2011 at 11:30 PM
MeAgains, I see what you're talking about. I can't believe they did that, but I see they apologized to all. The Rip Curl San Francisco is still on, although small waves have it on hold. If Kelly who is still in it wins one more heat in the Rip Curl or the final ASP Tour contest next month at Banzai Pipeline,Oahu, Hawaii, he is the champ. If Kelly never wins another heat, and Owen Wright (winner of Quiksilver Pro NY) wins San Fran AND Oahu, he can actually win the championship. Highly unlikely, but at least it's still on. He was also a really nice, easy to talk to guy while competing here, and signed plenty of autographs for the local kids. Nice reporting MeAgains!
Jason Molinet November 17, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Love the fact an old man is dominating this sport!

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