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Kelly Slater clinches historic 10th ASP world title in Puerto Rico

"I want to dedicate this to Andy and to my family"

Sunday 7 November 2010Information World Surf League

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Kelly Slater (USA), 38, has made sporting history, claiming an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title at Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico before winning his 45th elite tour event, taking down the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico over Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, in pumping three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves in Porta Del Sol.

“I don’t know, it just happened,” Slater said. “If you look at the heat, Adriano (De Souza) passed one up and let me have it and that was a good wave and that was pretty much it a few minutes into the heat. I just want to send my condolences to Irons family. It’s been a week of extremes for me. If it wasn’t for Andy (Irons) there is no way I’d be here in this position right now. I don’t really know what else to say, I’m a little overwhelmed right now. I want to dedicate this to Andy and to my family.”

Andy Irons (HAW), 32, former three-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World Tour competitor, tragically passed away last Tuesday in transit back home from Puerto Rico. The iconic Hawaiian’s unexpected passing has been a devastating blow to the international sporting community.

“I had the 3rd at Teahupoo and Jordy got the 17th, at the time I really wanted to win that event and pull into the lead, but having Andy (Irons) win that contest was really special,” Slater said. “I surfed a last heat with him this year and to get past everybody at Trestles, I know the level is pretty much going through the roof every year. The stuff that Dane (Reynolds) and Jordy (Smith) pull off at every event, everyone is trying to catch on and their strike rate is so high, their consistency is so high. When I got into the lead after Trestles, I didn’t really feel that confident going into France. It was a wave-catching contest at first, but then it got big and I thought ‘this is my zone, this is where I do well and this is what I love.’ The points all started coming together just right for me. To get past Jordy (Smith) in the Final in Portugal, I knew something special was happening.”

2010 ASP World Tour Results:

  • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast:Equal 9th
  • RipCurl Pro Bells Beach:WIN
  • Billabong Santa Catarina Pro:Runner-UP
  • BillabongPro Jeffreys Bay:Equal 17th
  • Billabong Pro Tahiti:Equal 3rd
  • Hurley Pro at Trestles:WIN
  • Quiksilver Pro France:Runner-Up
  • Rip Curl Pro Portugal:WIN
  • Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico:TBD
  • Billabong Pipeline Masters:TBD

“I decided to go for 10 (ASP World Titles) when a friend asked me if I’d decided to win 10 yet after a few contests into this year,” Slater said. “I told him ‘yeah, okay.’ That was right before Brazil. At that point I knew I could do it, but Taj (Burrow) looked good to start the year, but to me it looked like Jordy (Smith) was the guy early on. Mick (Fanning) had a lot of ninths and he knows he’s not going to win a title with ninths. Besides Jordy’s 17th, his worst result was the Quarters, so I knew there was no room for error. These last five events have really come together. I don’t really know how it came together the way it did.”


  • 1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.77
  • 2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.43
  • 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


  • 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

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