LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Saturday, September 18, 2010) – Kelly Slater (USA), 38, past nine-time ASP World Champion, has dominated the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles in flawless seven-foot waves over lethal Australian Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27. Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated in stunning fashion today with the iconic Floridian collecting an unprecedented 43rd elite tour victory.
“Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th,” Slater said. “I don’t know what to say. It’s still a long road ahead. We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now.”
It was pristine conditions as the world’s best geared up for the final day of the Pro and the competitors did not hold back. Slater was first set to face Chris Davidson in Round 5 but got an automatic advance when Davidson was too ill to compete. After earning a free pass, Slater proved he was worthy to advance, unleashing with a vengeance on competitor after competitor.
Quarter Finals matched Slater with Owen Wright, the same opponent who beat him in a non elimination round just one day earlier in the competition. Edging him out, Kelly went on to the Semi-Finals in a match-up with Mick Fanning. In no easy fete, Bede won out against then No. 1 ranked Jordy Smith in an unexpected turn pushing him to the Semis to face Dane Reynolds. The Semi-Finals became a game of cat & mouse as the competitors found themselves in race after race for waves with Slater winning over Fanning by a solid 5.44 point lead and Durbidge clenching the heat over Reynolds by a strong 2.04 points.
Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, who defeated Slater at this event in 2006, was unable to repeat the magic this year, but was ultimately thankful for his Runner-Up finish. “This was an important comp for me. Congrats go to Kelly (Slater). He’s the man out here and his record is second to none and he’s so dangerous. It was good to make the Final. I’m stoked,” Durbidge said.
In the Final round Slater unleashed with air after air and a near top to bottom stand-up barrel which sent the crowd roaring. Bede followed that up with an attempted 360 air. The final results had Kelly claiming the victory, beating Bede by 4 points. Kelly takes home the $105,000 first-place prize. “We couldn’t have asked for a better event,” said Hurley VP of Sports Marketing Pat O’connell. “With each Hurley Pro we do, we’re looking to raise the level in some way. And I think we achieved that this year.”
The competition was full of action as Slater made his way through heat by heat. With each competitor upping the ante the athletes pulled out some stunning moves as the days went on. Highlights included Dane Reynolds’ 9.33 scored wave which won him the fan voted “Phantom True Performance Award.”
Watch Kelly Slater Winner of the 2010 Hurley Pro
ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After the Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1. Kelly Slater
2. Jordy Smith
3. Taj Burrow
4. Dane Reynolds
5. Mick Fanning