After 20 years on the professional circuit Quiksilvers own Kelly Slater has netted his 11th ASP world title. Needing a win in his 3rd round heat at the Rip Curl Search event in San Francisco to capture the title, Slater defeated Aussie Daniel Ross who opened the heat with two impressive rides putting Slater on the back foot. But it was Slater’s 7.6 wave with only 4 minutes remaining in the heat that gave him the 15.30 – 14.40 victory and his 11th title.
“I’ve dedicated my whole life to surfing and to competing so to go a whole year and to win a world title and have it all pay off for all that work and effort, it’s a really rewarding feeling,” Slater said.
Since the ASP World Tour rankings began in 1976, no one has dominated men’s surfing like Slater. If his 10th world title last year didn’t solidify him as an icon not only in surfing but world sport, then his unprecedented 11th title definitely has. Just how long can he keep up this domination?
“People always talk about my age. I’m 39 going on 40 in a few months and, to me, that’s literally just a number,” Slater said. “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.” Looks like we have a few years yet to soak up the skill and talent of Kelly Slater!