Kelly Slater the nine times World Surfing Champion, has taken out the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles in flawless six-foot waves over Australian Bede Durbidge.
By winning the Hurley Pro, Slater has once again become the top ranking surfer in the world, edging past South African Jordy Smith, who has been the number one since winning the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay.
“Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th,” Slater said. “I don’t know what to say. It’s still a long road ahead. We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now.”
For his efforts, Slater was awarded the biggest prize purse in surfing history, US$105,000, as well as the ASP World Title Race ratings’ lead.
Jordy Smith, into his third season on the elite ASP World Tour, was one of the form surfers of the event this year. However, after suffering two broken boards, the young South African was unable to overcome Durbidge in the Quarterfinals. With his equal 5th place finish, Smith retains the ASP World No. 2 spot heading into the European leg.
“It was a tough one,” Smith said. “I broke two of my best boards ever yesterday and paddled out on a plug and it didn’t go so well. You have heats like that. You can’t win every one. I think this year I’ve relaxed a lot more. I don’t put as much pressure out on myself. In years prior, I was a little arrogant and got ahead of myself and would surf brand new boards in heats. This year is different for me, and now I’m just focused on Europe.”
The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Quiksilver Pro France from September 25 through October 5th, 2010.
HURLEY PRO TRESTLES FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.13
2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.13
HURLEY PRO TRESTLES SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.43
SF 2:Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.67 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.63
HURLEY PRO TRESTLES QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.60 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.20
QF 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 17.03 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 15.97
QF 3:Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.27 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.87
QF 4:Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.80 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.90
ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 40,000 pts
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,500 pts
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 30,500 pts
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 30,250 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 29,500 pts