Kelly Slater (USA), 38, has made sporting history claiming an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title at Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico. Slater went on to win the event.
With his advancement out of the Quarterfinals Slater amassed enough points to move out of reach of the remaining contender Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, and collect the 2010 ASP World Title, culminating a 20-year effort.
“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 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“, said Slater.
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:WIN