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By James Pribram | July 14, 2010
After a two-and-a-half month break, the ASP World Tour is back until July 25 at one of the world's most exciting surfing breaks in the likes of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. After a stumble in the first event, finishing in equal ninth, Kelly Slater has rebounded in fine form since finishing with a win and second-place finish in the last event, and he now finds himself in a familiar place. Sitting atop the world rankings once again and gunning for a 10th world title, Slater is the clear favorite to add to the four titles (1996, 2003, 2005, 2008)
By James Pribram | July 21, 2010
Well, so much for my call that Kelly Slater would continue his run of finals in the two previous events and win the 2010 Billabong Pro held at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Instead, it was hometown hero Jordy Smith taking his maiden victory on the ASP World Tour in an electrifying final, with unsung upstart Adam Melling of Australia making his first final and skyrocketing up from a lonely 41st in the ratings up to 19th in the ASP World Tour. That's key for Melling, since at the mid-point this year the world tour will cut down to only the top 32 surfers qualifying and able to continue on, which seems absurd to me. Meanwhile, it is Smith who now finds himself ranked No. 1 in the world with six events remaining, going into one of the tour's most dangerous waves in the likes of Teahupoo, Tahiti, another venue that is tailor-made for the likes of Slater, who was upended in Round 3 of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay. Slater was taken out by local South African and giant killer Sean Holmes, who is known as one of the best surfers at J-Bay but was a wild card at the Billabong Pro, notoriously known for taking down some of the tour's biggest stars like Slater and former three-time world champion Andy Irons.
By James Pribram | October 27, 2010
Somewhere in Puerto Rico, the Rip Curl Pro Search is gearing up to start at a still-mysterious location, with the world's best surfers ready to converge on the island paradise of warm weather and fun waves. Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search will have a waiting period from Oct. 30 through Nov. 10 and potentially bear witness to Kelly Slater winning an unprecedented 10th world title. This could turn out to be one of the greatest feats in sports history, right there with Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France victories and Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam victories record.
By Mike Sciacca | January 29, 2009
A local champ, a perfect-10 score, great conditions and an exciting two days of competition made up the RC’s Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge, presented by Jack’s Surf Shop. The two-day competition, at the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier, wrapped up Jan. 21. In the Pro/Am event, Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson took the title and the $4,000 first-place prize that went with it. Simpson, who turned 24 earlier this month, was able to knock off Rob Machado (Cardiff)
November 11, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI It was thunder down under in South America at the World Championship Tour's $260,000 Nova Schin Surf Festival in Brazil, held at Imbituba, Santa Catarina. The surf was dropping, but still a fun 2 to 3 feet with offshore conditions as thousands of spectators hit the beach to watch Australian Taj Burrow take the crown with the big win. Burrow -- a winner in Brazil in 1999, 2002 and now again in 2004 -- was unstoppable, opening up with an 8.5 wave to set a fast pace over fellow Aussie Tom Whitaker.
By Joe Haakenson | December 14, 2011
Now that the 2011 Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is complete — in case you've been in a coma, Kelly Slater won his 11th World Tour crown — the ASP has named the 34 competitors for next year's ASP World Tour title: 1. Kelly Slater (USA), 2. Joel Parkinson (Australia), 3. Taj Burrow (Australia), 4. Gabriel Medina (Brazil), 5. Owen Wright (Australia), 6. Adriano de Souza (Brazil), 7. Julian Wilson (Australia), 8. Jordy Smith (South Africa), 9. Alejo Muniz (Brazil), 10. Michel Bourez (Portugal)
By Mike Sciacca, | August 8, 2011
There was talk before the start of the U.S. Open of Surfing that 2011 could be the year of the Young Guns. Just days before Sunday's Men's final, former World Tour veteran and first-year contest director Pat O'Connell, felt the same way. But O'Connell was quick to warn of one thing: don't overlook the veterans. Nobody was able to overlook Kelly Slater at the Huntington Beach Pier over the weekend. Slater, at 39, showed why he is the winningest surfer in history by easily claiming his second U.S. Open title.
By Joe Haakenson | November 2, 2011
Any day now, Kelly Slater most likely will clinch an unprecedented and almost unfathomable 11th Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Title. But as we all know, Slater is one in a million. For the other 999,999 and then some, there are events like Saturday's Family Surf Fest at Ninth Street in Huntington Beach. It's more than a contest; it's a day at the beach. That's right. In November. "There are a handful of kids and surfers who want to be the next Kelly Slater," said Chris Williams, the contest coordinator for the Christian Surfing Federation, which is putting on the event.
By Joe Haakenson | June 29, 2011
So last week, Huntington Beach gave Kelly Slater a key to the city. Well deserved. Didn't they name a street after him, too? You know, Slater Avenue, between Talbert and Warner avenues? Anyway, he deserves it. Some call him the best surfer ever, and it's hard to argue when you go on facts — like the fact that he has won 10 ASP World Titles, including one as recently as last year. No one has won even half as many men's world titles as Slater, and four years ago, he passed one of his childhood heroes, Tom Curren, to become the all-time leader in World Championship Tour (WCT)
By Rick Fignetti | May 6, 2010
This week is the $145,000 Assn. of Surfing Professionals’ six-star Prime 6.0 Lowers Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, which started Tuesday and is running until the finals Saturday. A little southwest swell has been hitting the premier southwest point break, serving up fun surf for some of the top surfers in the world. Some of the big guns entered include South Africa’s Jordy Smith, No. 2 on the world championship tour standings, plus winner in Brazil at the championship tour; the air-busting Jadson Andre, semifinalist there; Ventura’s Dane Reynolds, who is ranked sixth; three-time world champ Andy Irons; and hot Orange County surfers Brett Simpson, and Tanner and Patrick Gudauskas.
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