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Kelly Slater & Sally Fitzgibbons win Nike US Open

Kelly Slater © ASP / Rowland


Nike US Open of Surfing

ASP Prime Men's event
ASP Women's World Tour event
ASP 4-Star Pro Junior Men's event
Huntington Beach California
30 July - 7 August 2011

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Kelly defeats Yadin while Sally ousts Lakey to claim crowns

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2011 : - - Huntington Beach -- Reigning 10-Time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), 39, has won the 2011 ASP PRIME Nike US Open of Surfing for the first time since 1996, defeating Yadin Nicol (AUS), 26, in a dominant final in two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, was also victorious when she clinched the final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title series, the Nike US Open of Surfing, when she topped dangerous wildcard Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara, CA), 16, in a hard-fought battle.

Slater quickly asserted his dominance in the Final against Nicol when he launched a frontside air-reverse and solidified the ride on the reform to earn an 8.50 and backed the ride up with a 7.77 to put the Australian in an early combination-situation and controlled the heat throughout the entirety of the bout.

“I guess Yadin (Nicol) wanted me to win because he didn’t catch any waves,” Slater said. “I was just really frustrated for him because he was sitting out the back waiting for the big sets and the big sets were close outs. The small ones he was just two far outside and I got them. I think what happened is I got the 8.50 to start and he was just going to be patient. If he got a good one he would have thrown a big rotator, but it just never came.”


Dusty Payne © ASP / Rowland


Slater went on an absolute rampage on the final day of competition and fought his way back into a tough battle to overtake progressive Hawaiian Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 22, by launching a hail-mary, no-grab backside 360 air. The massive punt garnered the highest single-wave score of Nike US Open of Surfing competition, 9.77 out of 10, as well as the highest heat-total of 17.94 out of 20.

“Dusty (Payne) had priority and he had gone on a couple of lefts that kind of fizzled out on him and he was probably thinking that left was going to do the same thing his other ones did,” Slater said. “It just let me get going on the face enough and I just tried to rotate as hard as I could and somehow the board stuck to my feet.”

Nicol fought hard throughout the entirety of the ASP PRIME competition, taking out dangerous South African Royden Bryson (ZAF), 28, and prodigious Californian Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 17, on the Final day of competition, but struggled to find a wave in the Final against Slater.

“Kelly started off strong with the 8.5 and I thought I’d wait for a good wave and I think I waited too long,” Nicol said. “At the start of this week I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be in the Final with Kelly. I love it. Sometimes things work out and you make the Final and I’m stoked, I’m over the moon.”


Yadin Nicol © ASP / Rowland


Yadin, who was rated No. 36 entering the US Open of Surfing, now sits at 27th on the ASP World Rankings, moving him inside the coveted ASP Top 32 midyear cut for the halfway mark of the year, but with two events remaining on the ASP World Title Season, Nicol remained guarded in claiming his spot for the final elite events.

“There are still two World Tour events to go so it doesn’t completely change my life just yet,” Nicol said. “It definitely helps the vibe though.”

Fitzgibbons, who finished second on the ASP Women’s World Title Series, was strong on both her forehand and backhand in the final and fought off the determined wildcard to clinch her third elite event on to finish her 2011 season.

“It’s such an unbelievable feeling to get chaired up the beach,” Fitzgibbons said. “There is just a sea of people and it’s one of my biggest achievements. To get three wins this year, it has been a really special year and although I didn’t get the title, I can’t believe I’ve won this event.”


Sally Fitzgibbons © ASP / Rowland


Fitzgibbons feels that there is more to come for the highly-talked about progressive movement in women’s surfing and wildcards such as Lakey Peterson are a perfect example of the future of the sport.

“Today was just about connecting the dots and stepping it up,” Fitzgibbons said. “I think the future is bright for our sport. Lakey (Peterson) is only 16 and she was in both finals in this event it was a great week for her, but to get the win was an amazing way to cap off the year.”

Peterson proved to be a giant killer throughout the entirety of the Women’s Nike US Open of Surfing, taking wins over veteran Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28, ASP Women’s World Title Rookies Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 19, as well as freshly crowned ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore but was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Fitzgibbons in the Final.

“I’m stoked with the way this week has turned out,” Peterson said. “It was an honor to surf against Sally (Fitzgibbons) and I’m really happy to make the Final in my first World Tour event.”


Lakey Peterson © ASP Rowland


Peterson, who won the ASP 4-Star Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior yesterday, asserted herself as a frontrunner among the progressive movement of women’s surfing via dominant run at the Nike US Open of Surfing. The young Californian was the only competitor to put a stop to Moore’s run of finaling in every ASP Top 17 contest this season when she topped the Hawaiian in their Semifinals matchup.

“Winning yesterday was what I wanted to do, to win in the Juniors and do well in this event,” Peterson said. “My heat against Carissa (Moore) felt like no pressure and I just wanted to go for it and I’m just so excited to win that heat. I’ve always wanted to surf against Carissa. She really pushes my surfing to the next level and is an amazing friend.”

Highlights from the 2011 Nike US Open of surfing can be found at The Nike US Open of Surfing was a massive action sports festival which also includes Skate, BMX, Art, Music and Fashion shows all of which are free to the public.


Taj Burrow © ASP / Rowland


Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Final Result:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27
2 – Yadin Nicol (AUS) 2.57

Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.94 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.90
SF 2: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.44 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.87

Nike US Open of Surfing Men’s Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.93 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.10
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.50 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.27
QF 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.44 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.33
QF 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.60 def. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 8.26

Check the Full Men's Results

Nike US Open of Surfing Women’s Final Result:
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.23
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.40

Nike US Open of Surfing Women’s Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.67 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.60
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.46 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.16

Check the Full Women's Results

Mens World Tour Rankings

1 Slater,Kelly  USA 67500
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 52000
3 Fanning,Mick  AUS 46642
4 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 39870
5 Burrow,Taj  AUS 39797
6 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 39242
7 Wright,Owen  AUS 37400
8 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 37207
9 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 36013
10 Hobgood,Damien  USA 35320
11 Bourez,Michel PYF 35250
12 De Souza,Adriano BRA 34750
13 Wilson,Julian  AUS 31383
14 Reynolds,Dane  USA 28020
15 Perrow,Kieren  AUS 27900
16 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 27770
17 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 27499
18 Hobgood,C.J. USA 25200
19 Alves,Heitor  BRA 25095
20 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 24758
21 Davidson,Chris  AUS 24557
22 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 24200
23 Andre,Jadson BRA 24190
24 Pires,Tiago  PRT 23423
25 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 23001
26 Ross,Daniel  AUS 22956
27 Nicol,Yadin AUS 22701
28 Kerr,Josh  AUS 22565
29 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 22349
30 Payne,Dusty  HAW 21975
31 Simpson,Brett  USA 21834
32 Knox,Taylor  USA 21000
33 Melling,Adam  AUS 20957
34 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 19393
35 Florence,John John HAW 19128
36 Otton,Kai  AUS 18642
37 Whitaker,Tom AUS 18297
38 Gudauskas,Tanner USA 17788
39 Mendes,Jesse  BRA 17622
40 Lopez,Cory  USA 17074
41 Larsen,Granger  HAW 16545
42 Christie,Richard  NZL 16182
43 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 15547
44 Logie,Travis ZAF 15518
45 Atkinson,Dion  AUS 15449
46 Kling,Gabe  USA 15229
47 Faria,Junior  BRA 14315
48 Martinez,Bobby  USA 14103
49 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA 12965
50 Stairmand,Billy  NZL 12624
51 Boal,Tim FRA 12381
52 Andino,Kolohe  USA 12052
53 Aranburu,Aritz  EUK 12012

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Previous reports:
# 1 : Smells like summer: Nike US Open of Surfing psychs up
# 2 : Alejo Muniz named 10th all star surfer at US Open
# 3 : Nike US Open of Surfing ready to launch next week  

# 4 : ASP Women's World Tour ends at Nike U.S. Open 
# 5 : ASP PRIME Nike US Open of Surfing ready to roll       
# 6 : ASP Pro Juniors kick off Nike US Open of Surfing 

# 7 : Trialists battle it out at ASP PRIME Nike US Open           
# 8 : Women’s Nike US Open of Surfing fires Rounds 1,2 
# 9 : US Open of Surfing kicks off ASP Men's Prime event      

# 10 : Simpson knocked out of Nike US Open of Surfing  
# 11 : Reynolds nabs highest heat score at US Open   
# 12 : Bids for top 34 qualification fire up at US Open     
# 13 : Toledo & Peterson win junior titles at US Open

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