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By Greg Magnus | August 5, 2011
Slater advances to Round of 12; gets a Mulhern   Slater cruises into quarterfinals   Surfing legend Rob Machado wins his Hurley Pro "Wildcard" heat   Kelly Slater: 2011 US Open of Surfing men's champion  
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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)
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By Michael Miller | June 22, 2011
I got to be a celebrity once, kind of. It wasn't at Barnes & Noble or the Academy Awards or anything like that, but at Girls Inc. of Orange County. I had covered a few stories there as the Daily Pilot's education reporter, and when I arrived to write another, a pair of girls shrieked, "You're here!", then raced over and gave me a bear hug. Journalists may win Pulitzers, but they rarely get the paparazzi treatment. On the other hand, it's second nature for a man like Kelly Slater, who visited Huntington Beach on Tuesday evening to receive the key to Surf City.
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By Michael Miller | November 17, 2010
He wasn't a resident of Huntington Beach. But standing at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, where tributes to Hawaiian surfer Andy Irons dominated both sides of the intersection Monday, you wouldn't know it. As far as Surf City is concerned, Irons had a home by that famous pier, and after his unexpected death Nov. 2, the town memorialized him like a friend and family member. Jack's Surfboards, on the north side of the intersection, displayed a huge black-and-white photo of the three-time world champion with the words, "In Loving Memory of Andy Irons — 1978-2010.
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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.
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By James Pribram | September 1, 2010
The Billabong Pro — being held amid some of the most hollow and dangerous waves in the world, with famous left barrels — resumed Tuesday in clean three- to- four-foot waves for the completion of Round 2 and the first 12 heats of Round 3. The Billabong Pro Tahiti, the fifth of 10 events on the 2010 ASP World Tour, played host to an incredible day of surf action. There were major upsets to those in the hunt for the ASP World Title as well as surfers falling off the Dream Tour, the result of the midyear cut-off from the ASP Top 45 to the Top 34 (top 32 finishers plus two wild cards)
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By Mike Sciacca | August 8, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Brett Simpson is the $100,000 man. Again. Just after noon today, right about the time the sun began to break through the heavy overcast, the Huntington Beach native thrust his arms high into the air at the sound of the final horn, directing his triumphant pose toward the massive throng that packed the south side and top of the Huntington Beach Pier, knowing that he had just won the Men's title of the U.S. Open of Surfing...
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | August 7, 2010
Six days before the Women's final at the U.S .Open of Surfing came the big announcement. To the winner of Saturday's finale would go a record $50,000. That was $30,000 more than the previously set first-place prize of $20,000, which was also a record. No wonder Carissa Moore of Hawaii was all smiles late Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier. Moore emerged from a frustrating waiting game with fellow finalist Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia to win the coveted Women's title.
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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.
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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)
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