I've said it before and I'll say it again: The king is still the king – of surfing, that is. Kelly Slater still stands atop the world tour rankings, after being in devastating form all week and taking the Hurley Pro title for the fourth time in the last six years.
Slater was so dominant, in fact, that he found a rare stand-up tube during his final against Bede Durbidge, who defeated Slater here in the 2006 final. Other standout surfers during the event included defending event champion Mick Fanning and No. 4 world-ranked surfer Dane Reynolds, who were upended in the semifinals, finishing equal third.
The world tour is now headed to Europe for the Quiksilver Pro (Sept.25 to Oct. 5) in the south of France, and then to Peniche, Portugal for the Rip Curl Pro (Oct.7 to 18), and the odds are looking better and better for Slater to claim his 10th world title. Unbelievable, to say the least.