After clinching his 10th ASP world title in the quater finals, Kelly Slater soundly defeated Bede Durbidge to win Rip Curl Pro Pureto Rico. Slater got a perfect 10 and and 8.77 to claim his 4th major tour victory of 2010.
“It’s nice to win this in Puerto Rico with my friends and family here,” Slater said. “I haven’t been surfing here on this part of the island since ’88 and I used to come here a lot. This was like a second home to me. It was like my little Hawaii. I used to come here in the winter and I have a lot of good friends from here. It’s the closest event ever to my home, so it feels like home.”
Watch Semi Final, Heat 1 – Taj Burrow vs Kelly Slater
After a somber two-day postponement of the event out of respect for Irons’s passing, the world’s best surfers roared back to life for two of the most high-performance days in surfing history.
Today, Slater clinched his historic and unprecedented 10th ASP World Title before going on to take out the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, as comprehensive and dominant a performance as the sporting world has ever bore witness to.
“This is the only event close to my home and I spent a lot of time in Puerto Rico when I was a kid,” Slater said. “I used to surf a lot of contests at Jobos and Wilderness, so this was kind of like a homecoming for me. A lot of my friends here I’ve known for 25 years and to surf with Dylan (Graves), I used to surf with his father in Florida when I was a kid. It was a special time. To be close to Florida and to win the 10th and get that wave (the Perfect 10) in the Final, there is nothing else I could add to it.”
Slater, who would go on to post an incredible 18.77 out of a possible 20 in the Final, secured the event’s second Perfect 10, exhibiting a masterful display of diversity and control in the rippable afternoon conditions.
“The wave that did it for me was that first one in the Quarterfinals against Adriano (de Souza),” Slater said. “That was the heat I needed to win to get the Title, and after that first wave, I felt this wave of relief. I still had to win the heat, but I was so relaxed and everything just started going my way. I was in the best possible headspace I could have been in for the rest of the day. This is a dream.”
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.77
2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.43
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.34 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.87
SF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.87 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.36
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.50 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.17
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.87 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.36
QF 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.10
QF 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.97 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.47
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.70 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 11.40
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.77 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.20 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 9.73
Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.34 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 7.37
CURRENT ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Puerto Rico)
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 66250 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 52250 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 44750 pts
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 40000 pts
5. Dane Reynolds (USA) 37250 pts