American Kelly Slater (39) claimed a historic 11th ASP World Title on Wednesday November 2, ending a year-long pursuit with his advancement out of Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.
Slater sealed the deal in the dying moments of his heat at Ocean Beach with 1m to 1.5m peaks after an impressive start by his opponent Dan Ross (Aus). After a banner year that witnessed the Floridian make five of nine Finals (thus far) and post three wins, Slater seems to be surfing at the top of his game.
“This is pretty fabulous,” Slater said. “I’ve dedicated my life to surfing and competing and to go a whole year and win a world title and have it pay off, it’s really fulfilling. To win on American soil is nice. Everyone’s been so cool and the locals have been so stoked.”
Having claimed his first ASP World Title in 1992 at the age of 20, Slater still boasts the record for the youngest-ever ASP World Title holder. Now at 39 years of age, Slater holds the record of being the oldest ASP World Champion ever.
With the 2011 ASP World Title sealed, Slater is now focused on performing in the event at hand, the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.
“I’m refocusing on another win here,” Slater said. “I’ve accomplished the year goal. I definitely feel like I can go out and surf a lot more relaxed now.”
The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1 to 12.
South African Jordy Smith, currently rated third in the ASP Men’s World ranking has been surfing consistently and competitively against the likes of Julian Wilson and Owen Wright during this year’s competition. He is currently ranked sixth in the ASP World Title.