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 RESULTS:
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!
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.