Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Kelly Slater: World Surfing Champion for the 11th time

Kelly Slater is the World Surfing Champion for the 11th time in his career.  At 39 years old, the Quiksilver team surfer has won his latest World Title in San Francisco (USA) before the end of the 2011 season, during the 10th and penultimate ASP World Tour event. In pristine three-to-five foot (peaks at Ocean Beach, Slater fought back to an inspired start from opponent Dan Ross (AUS) to claim victory in the dying moments in front of a capacity crowd at Ocean Beach.

Slater, is the first surfer to achieve 11 ASP World Titles, an accomplishment spanning two decades of an astounding career during which he has dominated competitive surfing as both the youngest and oldest ASP World Champion.

“The 10th World Title seemed harder to me and felt like a 2 year journey—really it felt like 20 year journey to get to the 10th. This year that was done, and I could put it in the past. And there were questions about the 11th but it didn’t symbolize what 10 did for people. This year was a little bit under the radar and I felt like I started off fresh.” says Kelly.  “Part of it is people always talk about my age and you know I’m 39, almost 40, and to me that’s literally just a number. You can prove people wrong and stay super healthy.  I don’t see why at 50 I can’t be in better shape than I am now. If anything I’d like to try to represent that to people. I eat well and I talk about it and I walk the walk and it shows in my ability physically.”

Despite missing July’s South Africa event and being challenged by a new field of opponents, Slater has had an impressive run in 2011, posting three victories (Gold Coast, Tahiti, Trestles) as well as two Runner-Up finishes (New York, Portugal) – a performance, in part, he attributes to the relief of clinching his 10th ASP World Title last season.

Kelly Slater’s record: 

- 11 ASP surfing world champion titles: 

1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011

- 48 wins on the ASP World Tour in 20 years (from 1991 to 2011)

3 030 755 $ earnings on the ASP circuit

The youngest Surfing world Champion ever at the age of 20 (1992), one year after his elite inception. 

The oldest Surfing world Champion at the age of 39 (2011), 20 years after his elite inception (1991). Owen Wright was 1 and Gabriel Medina wasn’t yet born!

Kelly Slater, is also:

14 Surfer Poll Awards

3 Laureus Awards including 2011

2 X Games gold medals

Induction into the Surfing Hall of Fame

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