Kelly Slater clinches 11th world title at San Francisco surfing event

Kelly Slater surfs under the curl at the Rip Curl Pro Search surf contest en route to winning the third round

Pro surfer Kelly Slater won his 11th world title Wednesday during a surfing event at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

Slater, 39, clinched the Association of Surfing Profession World Title during the second day of the event. He beat out Australian surfer Dan Ross in a heat to advance out of the third round of the contest.

“It’s very fulfilling and there’s personal satisfaction,” Slater told the ASP tour after the win. “It feels real nice. I’ve dedicated my life to surfing and competing and to go a whole year and win a world title and have it pay off, it’s really fulfilling.”

The ASP tour stop in San Francisco this year kicked of Tuesday during a warm spell in San Francisco that included a slight offshore breeze and two- to four-foot waves.

The first day of the event included one surfer leaving in the middle of a heat after he said he saw a shark in the water. That report was unconfirmed and the contest resumed.

The win for Slater also came on the one-year anniversary of the death of pro surfer Andy Irons, who was himself an ASP champion.

“What are the chances of me winning on the anniversary of Andy passing away?” Slater said to the Tour. “It makes it a lot more special for me. It’s a way to celebrate my memories with him and be thinking about him.”

The contest is scheduled to continue for a few more days in San Francisco.

mbillings@sfexaminer.com

 

Rip roaring champion

According to the ASP website, Kelly has won the ASP World Title at these events:

2011: Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco – USA
2010: Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico – USA Territory
2008: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain
2006: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain
2005: Nova Schin Festival – Brazil
1998: Mountain Dew Pipeline Masters – Hawaii
1997: Expo 98 Figueira 97 – Portugal
1996: Coca Cola Figueira 96 – Portugal
1995: Chiemsee Pipe Masters – Hawaii
1994: Chiemsee Gerry Lopez Pipe Masters – Hawaii
1992: Alternativa Surf Rio – Brazil

 

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