Kelly Slater Wins 11th – Kelly Slater wins his 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search.
As offshore winds whipped the tops off of a 4 to 6 foot northwest swell at Ocean Beach, the Cocoa Beach native made the most of the cold, demanding conditions.
He tallied a heat score of 15.13, eliminating Daniel Ross by .73 and wins his record title.
During the tournament he wins in his first round matchup against Kai Otton and wildcard Dean Brady Tuesday, Kelly had to advance out of round three to assure himself at least ninth place, which would numerically eliminate all other would-be contenders.
“It feels like the circle has been completed,” said Slater. “I knew somewhere in the back of my mind eleven was there, but I honestly don’t think about twelve. I was born on 2/11 and now to win on 11/2, it’s a weird coincidence and it does feel like the completion of something. It was a goal I set at the beginning of the year and luckily I got to it.”
This 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title is Slaters second consecutive ASP world title. It also comes a year to the day that three-time world champion Andy Irons died.
“I started thinking about Andy a couple days ago,” stated the ASP World Champion . “And today, it’s like he’s watching over us. We had a little memorial for him today, and now the waves, the weather, it just feels like he was watching over use. Emotionally it’s still a very hard thing to reconcile with.”
At 39, Kelly has the distinction of being the youngest and oldest world champion in professional surfing with this 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title. In a career that’s spanned 20 years, he’s won a record 48 tour events, more than $3 million in prize money and eleven world titles. His first title came in ’92, and by ’98 he had accrued a total of six. He then stepped away from competition for two years, returning to the tour in 2001 and winning his first “comeback” crown in 2005.