Kelly and Steph: smile, titles are heavy

Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore have taken out the ASP World Surfing Awards, at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Australia.

The Floridian surfing champion accepted his history-making and unprecedented tenth ASP World Title with grace and humility and one of the most touching speeches of the evening, dedicating his 2010 title to former rival and friend, Andy Irons, 32, who tragically passed away last November.


Stephanie Gilmore, 23, was another to make history last night, collecting her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title. Gilmore noted a recent sponsorship change from long-time supported Rip Curl to Quiksilver as well as her commitment to take on the world’s best in 2011.

Slater and Gilmore headlined a bevy of phenomenal performers in front of a capacity audience at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Awards Recipient List:

2010 ASP World Champion: Kelly Slater (USA)
2010 ASP Women’s World Champion: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

2010 ASP World Tour Runner-Up: Jordy Smith (ZAF)
2010 ASP Women’s World Tour Runner-Up: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

2010 ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year: Owen Wright (AUS)
2010 ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year: Carissa Moore (HAW)

2010 ASP World Tour ‘Breakthrough Performer’: Alejo Muniz (BRA)
2010 ASP Women’s World Tour ‘Breakthrough Performer’: Laura Enever (AUS)

2010 ASP World Longboard Champion: Duane DeSoto (HAW)
2010 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion: Cori Schumacher (HAW)

2010 ASP World Junior Champion: Jack Freestone (AUS)
2010 ASP Women’s World Junior Champion: Alizee Arnaud (FRA)

Peter Whittaker Award: Carissa Moore (HAW)