21-09-2012 - Surfen, Nieuws

Kelly Slater pakt zijn 50ste overwinning

Kelly Slater wist in de finale van de Hurley Pro Trestles zijn tegenstander Joel Parkinson te verslaan. Hij behaalde hiermee zijn 50ste event overwinning tijdens de ASP World Tour in zijn carrière.

“I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko (Joel Parkinson) was the form guy,” aldus Kelly Slater. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina (Gabriel Medina) yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody. I just figured I had to get myself on the best waves and let go a little bit, but it got really quiet out there. It was the first time something really felt like it went my way when they (the judges) took my priority away. By the time they announced it, Joel was above the wave and couldn’t catch it. That was the turning point for me. Every contest I’ve won, there’s some moment where things go my way.”

Met zijn overwinning staat Kelly Slater nu derde op de ASP Rankings, en het kan zo zijn dat Kelly Slater alsnog voor de ASP World Title gaat dit jaar.

“I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” legt Kelly Slater uit. “I would have let Parko (Joel Parkinson) have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won and it would look very different on the ratings. It’s nice heading into Europe. I feel like I’ve had so many good years at Lowers and the pressure is really on every year to make the Final – I feel like it’s been like that since I’ve been on tour. It’s cool to win the 50th here. I won my first event as a pro here and it’s great to get this win.”


Mick Fanning staat momenteel nummer 1 in de ASP World Ranking. Tijdens de Hurley Pro Trestles wist hij in de halve finale tegen kelly Slater helaas niet genoeg te scoren om de huidig wereldkampioen te verslaan.

“Even when he had those first two waves, I was confident that I could come back if the waves came,” vertelt Mick Fanning. “It just stopped. That’s the nature of our game. You can’t really fight back if there is nothing there and I sort of thought after I didn’t break the combo with that one wave, I was thinking there had to be a flurry or it was pretty much done.”

De winst van ook dit evenement had Mick Fanning op een grote voorsprong kunnen brengen op Kelly Slater. Maar met een derde plaats komt Kelly Slater wel dichter in de buurt van de nummer 1.

“Kelly (Slater) and I both knew what was going on and if I got on top from there the title race would have just been further away,” Aldus Mick Fanning. “He surfed a really smart heat and threw caution to the wind and it paid off. I was just unlucky. The ocean didn’t really cooperate with me, but a third is a keeper. It’s another result I don’t have to worry about and I learned a lot of things at this event.”

De volgende stop van de ASP World Tour is de Quiksilver Pro France van 28 september t/m 8 oktober.

1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.50
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.00

SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.27 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.34
SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.26 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.43

QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.50
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.17 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.93
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.16 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.04
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.60

ASP TOP 5 (Na de Hurley Pro Trestles):
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 41,250 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
3. Kelly Slater (USA)
4. John John Florence (HAW)
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA)