- 16 June 2011 | Surfing
Ten point rides are rare and when they happen the crowd out in the beach goes crazy. A perfect 10 is the ultimate surfing goal in competition.
Surfers know than only a well selected wave and complete maneuvers will get the maximum score. Not all waves can deliver ten points in pro surfing.
Perfect 10 wave rides require commitment, difficulty, combination of old and new school moves, innovative and progressive style, major maneuvers, variety, speed, power and flow. With all these variables you may decide to claim the ride.
If there's a ranking for the surfers who've had the most 10-point rides, then Kelly Slater would be on top. One of the best Perfect 10's in the history of surfing was scored in the 2010 Quiksilver Pro France.
Slater was battling a giant, windy and choppy ocean when a right-hander comes. He paddles for it, drops in and, a couple of seconds after he steps down from the first floor inside the huge barrel. The crowd can't believe and goes wild as Slater escapes the monster white water.
The 10-time world surfing champion from Florida has four more unforgettable Perfect 10's. Do you remember the 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters, the Boost Mobile Pro 2008 and the Rip Curl Pro Somewhere in Indonesia?
Well, there's another one. In big wave surfing conditions, between broken surfboards, Kelly Slater slots an incredible 10-point ride at the2009 Hurley US Open of Surfing, a few meters away from the Huntington Beach Pier.
Joel Parkinson won't forget the 2009 Billabong Pro J-Bay. An endless barrel in South Africa's surfing jewel marking his victory in the event. One of the best waves ever ridden, for sure.
You know Josh Kerr. The Australian "kerrazy" airman knows how to impress judges and he simply launched his surfboard rockets twice in the same wave, while surfing at the Drug Aware Pro 2010. Owen Wright, the new school aerialist, lifts off at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Watch the best Perfect 10 waves of the last years, here.