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Kelly Slater claims 46th elite tour win at Quiksilver Pro

Kelly Slater © ASP / Kirstin

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Presented by Land Rover

Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Presented by Land Rover

ASP World Title Event No. 1 of 11
ASP Women’s World Title Event No. 1 of 7
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast Australia
26 February - 9 March 2010

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10X ASP World Champ Kelly Slater Claims 46th Elite Tour Win at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast  |  française

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 March, 2011 : - - Snapper Rocks -- Reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has secured his 46th elite tour win today, defeating defending event champion Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, to claim the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover.

The opening event of the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast showcased the incredible depth of talent in the current ASP Top 34, but the victory went to the iconic Floridian.

Slater sprung to life on the final day of competition, posting his top results en route to the Final against Burrow. Slater slowly built upon his scores in his bout against the Australian and his refined strategy proved to be enough to earn the surfing icon the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast crown.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” Slater said. “It’s pretty easy. You go out and surf Snapper by yourself, it’s pretty fun. To get to surf a contest is a bonus. I’d like to thank my girlfriend and everyone at Quiksilver for throwing the event. Everyone loves this event because the waves are so fun. I don’t think I’m the only one that thought Taj was the standout of the event. At some point had to stop getting 9s and I just picked the right heat.”


Kelly Slater © ASP / Robertson


     Kelly Slater, final                                                                  Kelly Slater, podium  


Despite winning the opening ASP World Title world event of the year, Slater has refused to say whether or not he'll pursue a quest for an 11th world crown. Every time Slater has won this event he has gone on to win the world title, but even that slice of history didn't tempt him. Slater adds the 2011 crown to his 2006 and 2008 Gold Coast titles.

Slater claimed 10,000 ratings points and a US$75,000 winner’s cheque, as well as the world no.1 ranking heading into the second event of the ASP World Tour season, which kicks off at Bells Beach in Victoria on April 19.

Taj Burrow, who was arguably the form surfer throughout the entirety of the event, went on an absolute rampage on the final day of competition to oust American Brett Simpson (USA), 26, in the Quarterfinals and dangerous South African Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, in the Semifinals, but fell just short of the score needed to surpass Slater for the victory in the back-half of their duel, finishing runner-up overall.

“I’m excited about the tour for 2011,” Burrow said. “It was a fun event and it’s just a bummer the waves didn’t hang in there at the end. I couldn’t better a 3. Hats off to Kelly, he built a house and it worked. I’d just like to thank everyone that organized the contest, it was awesome.”


Taj Burrow © ASP / Robertson


Tiago Pires                                                                              Jordy Smith


Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, 2010 ASP World Runner-Up, surfed with style, punch and bite throughout the duration of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, securing exciting last-minute victories over Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, and Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, to advance through to the Semifinals. However, the big South African was unable to overtake Burrow in a repeat of last season’s Final.

“It’s disappointing when everything seems to be going well and the surf doesn’t cooperate,” Smith said. “Taj (Burrow) surfed amazing though and it’s still a good start for me. I’m looking forward to the next event and I’ll just put my head down and work hard until then.”

Tiago Pires (PRT), 30, who finished No. 26 on the 2010 ASP World Title season, went on a charge at the opening event of 2011, only falling to Slater’s deadly form in the Semifinals.

“That was a very tough heat,” Pires said. “The waves are kind of tricky. They are not as perfect as they were in the heat before. I think I was looking for barrels too much and they didn’t happen. I only got one barrel and I got shut down on priority. They are all really good surfers. Every heat is tough and each one has its own story. I’m just here to do my best surfing.”


Alejo Muniz © ASP / Kirstin


Brett Simpson                                                                             Matt Wilkinson


American tour rookie Brett Simpson (USA) enjoyed a sensational run in his opening ASP World Title event eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro by TAJ BURROW (AUS).  The twenty-six year old, from Huntington Beach, finished equal fifth to now be ranked at no.5 in the world. The two-time US Open Champion said he was happy with the result and determined to make his mark on the international surfing arena,

Brazilian rookie Alejo Muniz finished equal fifth overall after he was eliminated by South African sensation JORDY SMITH (ZAF).  The tour youngest surfer impressed all throughout the opening ASP World Title event at Australia’s Snapper Rocks to now be ranked at no.5 in the world.

Hawaii’s, Dustry Payne (Maui) was eliminated from the Quiksilver Pro quarter finals by ten-time world champion KELLY SLATER (USA). The 22 year-old failed to find his earlier event form to be left requiring a two wave scoring combination.   The result has the progressive surfer commencing the 2011 season with a solid result to be now ranked at no.5 in the world.

Australia’s Matt Wilkinson (AUS) narrowly eliminated in the dying seconds of his heat by Tiago Pires from Portugal (14.64 to 14.40). The goofy footer finishing equal fifth overall – the best result of his career – to now be ranked at no.5 in the world.

The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season will be the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger from April 19 – 30, 2011.

Check the Results/Photos/Videos etc 





1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 11.20
2 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.17

SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.77 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.20
SF 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.56 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.40

QF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.40 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.06
QF 2: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.64 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.40
QF 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 17.30 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.60
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.03 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.95

ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 10,000 points
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 8,000 points
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 6,500 points
3. Tiago Pires (PRT) 6,500 points
5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5,200 points
5. Brett Simpson (USA) 5,200 points
5. Dusty Payne (HAW) 5,200 points
5. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 5,200 points


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