Kelly Slater the reigning 11-time ASP World Champion has claimed the Hurley Pro at Trestles over Joel Parkinson in clean 3 – 5 foot waves at Lower Trestles, marking the iconic Floridian’s 50th elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) win of his career.
The Hurley Pro at Trestles culminated in dramatic fashion today with the world’s best going head-to-head in pristine Southern California conditions.
Slater got off to a quick start in the Final against Parkinson, electing smaller inside waves, surfing them impeccably and moving from strength-to-strength throughout the heat. Surfing on a four-fin “Quad” surfboard, Slater’s juggernaut momentum and searing performance would prove too much for the in-form Parkinson as he confidently took his sixth event title at Lower Trestles, his third consecutive.
“I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko (Joel Parkinson) was the form guy,” Slater said. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina (Gabriel Medina) yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody. I just figured I had to get myself on the best waves and let go a little bit, but it got really quiet out there. It was the first time something really felt like it went my way when they (the judges) took my priority away. By the time they announced it, Joel was above the wave and couldn’t catch it. That was the turning point for me. Every contest I’ve won, there’s some moment where things go my way.”
Slater, who now sits at 3rd on the ASP WCT ratings, views today’s victory as a turning point in the 2012 season and will look to carry his recent momentum throughout the upcoming European leg of competition.
“I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” Slater said. “I would have let Parko (Joel Parkinson) have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won and it would look very different on the ratings. It’s nice heading into Europe. I feel like I’ve had so many good years at Lowers and the pressure is really on every year to make the Final – I feel like it’s been like that since I’ve been on tour. It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here and it’s great to get this win.”
The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver Pro France from September 28 through October 8, 2012.
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50 2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.00
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES SEMIFINALS RESULTS: SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.27 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.34 SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.26 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.43
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES QUARTERFINALS RESULTS: QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.50 QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.17 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.93 QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.16 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.04 QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.60
HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 5 RESULTS: Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.90 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.76 Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.94 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.44 Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.93 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.57 Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.30 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.57
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles): 1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 41,250 pts 2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3. Kelly Slater (USA) 4. John John Florence (HAW) 5. Adriano de Souza (BRA)