Kelly Slater the nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, is having a run at winning his tenth world title in 2010. A threat in any conditions, but especially at Supertubes, Slater is well positioned to pull off his quest.
“I feel less pressure this year and that’s a good thing,” Slater said. “I didn’t have what I would call a very good year for myself last year, and this one started out slowly but sped up as I found focus through the injury at Bells. From here on out, I stay aware of what I need to.”
A four-time past champion at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (1996, 2003, 2005, 2008), the long right handers suit the iconic natural-footer’s approach perfectly, and the Floridian is keen to win at Jeffreys Bay this year.
“As far as surfing goes, it’s one of the great performance waves,” Slater said. “It really demands a nice combination of timing and carving and wave judgment. It’s right up there for waves that force you to perform. Guys who’ve won and had good results are always threats. Not usually a surprise to see people’s best there: Jordy, Dane Reynolds, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow will all be in with a chance this year.