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Mick Fanning crowned World Champion 2013, Kelly Slater Wins Billabong Pipe Masters and J.J Florence wins Triple Crown of Surfing

billabong-pipe-masters-trophy-board-phil-roberts-2013-pipeline-championKelly Slater edged out Florence to win the Pipe Masters title, but lost the overall Association of Surfing Professionals World Title to  Australian Mick Fanning, who won his third world championship.

Hawaii surfer John John Florence won the Triple Crown of Surfing with a runner-up finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons in what was described as “epic’ conditions at the Banzai Pipeline Saturday.

December 15, 2013 Posted by | sports, Surfing | , , , , | 2 Comments

Kelly Slater wins big at Lower Trestles – Boost Mobile Pro.

Slater takes the win with a fraction of a point by a mere .34 win! Congrats Kelly and Taj for a fight til the end!
Kelly signed off with a quote for the team “Hey, I just want to say thanks and congrats to all the guys on the event today…I’ve seen some of the best surfing here than any other tour stop…”

Kelly Slater (USA) 18.97, Taj Burrows (AUS) 18.63

Semi Final 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.10, Kelly Slater (USA) 15.67
Semi Final 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.50, Taj Burrows (AUS) 17.33

Thanks Danny for the follow up and real-time sms updates!

September 15, 2008 Posted by | News, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing | , , , | 1 Comment

Kelly Slater defeats Mick Fanning to win JBay Billabong Pro 2008

He’s done it again. Eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) beat reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) today to win the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, earn his 38th ASP World Tour victory and claim the fourth event on the 2008 ASP World Tour.

“I didn’t realize I was going to be overwhelmed by it, but I haven’t been in this position before, at this point of the year, with this many wins,” Slater said. “There are great things going on in my life so I’m just trying to soak it up and be appreciative.”

Surfing his 14th season on the ASP World Tour, Slater is still the only member of the Top 45 to win an event this season. The one tournament Slater lost was won by an event wildcard. He now has a 1262 point lead on World No. 2 Joel Parkinson and is in commanding contention to claim his 9th ASP World Title.

“I’ve put a lot of years in obviously, it’s been my life on so many levels for so long, in a way I was trying to pull back from it, but also I do love it,” Slater said. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of competing because competing really pushes your level. The best performances in the world are on tour.”

Slater beat Fanning 16.73 to 9.40 in the Billabong Pro Final. While conditions early this morning were clean and six foot (two metre), onshore winds made the semifinal and final tricky.

“It was really challenging,” Slater said. “You really have to change your frame of mind because we were looking at waves the other day where we were getting 30-45 second rides and doing six to eight maneuvers and now we’re looking at waves where if you get three moves it’s a good score. It’s really hard to change your perception on how you are going to surf a wave. I didn’t really catch on until the very end of that heat when I realized I could get a three move wave and probably seal it.”



With six events remaining, there is still a possibility the title could be clinched by another surfer on the ASP World Tour roster, but the probability that will happen is small – something Slater’s competition knows all too well.

“I’d like to think I have it the bag but I have to be realistic, it’s early on – we’re not quite half way yet,” Slater said. “We have 11 events this year and this is number five. Last year at this point I was looking at Mick [Fanning] that way. He had a first, a couple seconds and a third so I’d imagine being on the same side of that coin and looking at someone with four firsts and a throwaway is probably tough to look at.”

Only one member of the Top 45, Taylor Knox, is older than Slater. At 36, Slater already owns the title of youngest and oldest ASP World Title winner. He won his last World Title at age 34 in 2006.

“When I was a kid I would never have imagined a guy who is 36 winning four events on tour, let alone having a chance at the world title, so I’m just trying to soak that up,” Slater said.

Fanning was understandably disappointed to lose his second final of the year to Slater – the two met in the final of the first event of the year on the Gold Coast of Australia too. “I surfed like an idiot,” Fanning said. “I had the opportunity to win the whole thing and I fell and I don’t know why. I don’t know what happened, I just had a shocker. I was feeling great, I just couldn’t stay on my board.”

Fanning, who was hoping to defend his ASP World Title this year can’t help but take a defeatist’s look at the 2008 title race. “I guess it’s not over ‘till it’s over, but it’s like climbing Everest and he’s halfway up the bloody hill,” Fanning said.

Fanning moved to 4th with his second place result at Jeffreys Bay. He beat last year’s World No. 2 and the defending Billabong Pro Champion Taj Burrow (AUS) in the semifinals. Burrow now sits 5th on the ratings.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” Burrow said. “Mick just wave-selected me to death basically. He picked the absolute best waves and must have surfed them pretty well because he got a 9.00. I got really crap waves and tried my guts out to try to do some turns and throw airs but it was just really choppy and hard. I needed to be more patient really.”

Burrow, like most of his compatriots, shares Fanning’s sentiments on Slater’s victory today. “Kelly wins another final, enough said, unbelievable.” Burrow said. “The door is really closing as far as I can see it. He’s got a ridiculous amount of keepers now so… how many events left? Not enough!”

Slater beat Parkinson in a close semifinal en route to the final. He stays in 2nd on the leaderboard with the result.
“Conditions really deteriorated but I had my chances but I let one or two waves go that I probably shouldn’t have; I could have got my scores on them,” Parkinson said. “It’s hard to tell because you stand up on a wave and it looks like it’s going to be a piece of crap and it turns into a good wave or you stand up on a wave that looks good and it turns into a piece of crap. That’s the nature of the game.”

The next event on the 2008 ASP World Tour remains undisclosed. The “Search” event will be held July 30-August 10, 2008, “Somewhere.”

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Final Results:
Final: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.73 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.40

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.00 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.17 Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.84 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.83

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.74 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.00 Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.17 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.84 Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.27 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.60 Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) def. Andy Irons (HAW)

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Round 4 Results:
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.44 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 13.33 Heat 6: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.76 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.33 Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.00 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.76 Heat 8: Andy Irons (HAW) 11.34 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 5.23

ASP World Tour Ratings after Stop No. 5 – the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
1. Kelly Slater (USA)  5210 points
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3948 points
3. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 3782 points 
4. Mick Fanning (AUS)  3753 points
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)  3638 points
6. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 3540 points
7. C.J. Hobgood (USA)  3460 points
8. Andy Irons (HAW)  3338 points
9. Bobby Martinez (USA) 3028 points
10.  Adrian Buchan (AUS) 2884 points

July 18, 2008 Posted by | News, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing | , , | Leave a comment

Kelly Slater Wins At Bells Beach Again

Kelly Slater wins at Bells Beach again 

Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater kept his unbeaten record intact for 2008 with a come-from-behind victory over Australia’s Bede Durbidge in the Rip Curl Pro final at Bells Beach.

The American superstar completed a clean sweep of the Australian leg of the 11-event tour after winning on the Gold Coast early this month.

Slater, 36, performed a spectacular aerial manoeuvre to record an 8.3 with four minutes left in the 35-minute decider to pile the pressure on Durbidge, who needed a 6.8 to pull off an unlikely win in the inconsistent, one metre swell.

Durbidge tried hard on his final wave but it fizzled out, handing the Bells trophy to Slater, who also took out this event in 1994 and 2006.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | News, Surfing, Tel Aviv - Israel | , , , | Leave a comment

Kelly Slater joins ‘Surfing for Peace’ and ‘One Voice’ in Israel

Kelly Slater in israel

Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater tested the Mediterranean waters Friday in a visit to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace. Slater, of Syrian descent, was visiting Israel for three days to join activities of the groups “Surfing for Peace” and “One Voice.”

An 86-year-old Jewish member of Surfing for Peace, Dorian Paskowitz, asked Slater to come to Israel to promote the group’s efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together through the sport, said his son, David. “My father asked him if he was ready to be not only great surfer but a great man as well,” David Paskowitz said.

Slater as surfing Hilton beach on Wednesday and sang with a local band at a Tel Aviv beach concert on Friday.

October 20, 2007 Posted by | Surfing, Tel Aviv - Israel | , | 5 Comments