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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Finals
Kelly Does it Again!
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2011 : - - Kelly Slater has once again etched his name into the surfing record books by becoming the first man to win three Quiksilver Pro titles at Snapper Rocks. 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.
Slater defeated defending Quiksilver Pro champion Burrow from Western Australia 11.20 to 10.17 in one of the lowest-scoring finals ever seen at Snapper Rocks. 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
After a thrilling four days of surfing, the final was an anticlimactic affair with the famous Gold Coast point break failing to turn on for the 35-minute showdown. Thirty-nine year-old Slater survived a late fight back from Burrow, showing his experience by surfing the smarter heat in the testing 1.5m waves at the world famous Gold Coast pointbreak.
Slater opened quickly with a 5.00, before soon consolidating his score with a 5.27.The commanding lead put Burrow under pressure from the start of the 35-minute decider. After surging into the final the form surfer of the event, Burrow grew frustrated and uncharacteristically, fell on many of his waves. Burrow launched a late fight back, posting the best single-wave score of the heat in the dying minutes with a 7.17.
Burrow said he couldn't buy out a wave in the final. Slater added another 5.93 to his tally and in the end the clock proved his enemy for Burrow. Slater was able to hang on with a combined two-wave score of 11.20 to Burrow's 10.17. Slater adds the 2011 crown to his 2006 and 2008 Gold Coast titles.
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