Kelly Slater

Nine-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater is rumoured to return to the Gold Coast in 2009 to defend his Quiksilver Pro title.

That means, Slater will try to snatch the 10th world title. The first indications came from the organisers of the Australian event.

"The Quiksilver Pro, presented by LG, and the Gold Coast are two things very special to Kelly," said spokesman Johnathan Jenkins. "He has always claimed the waves of the Gold Coast are among his favourites in the world."

The Quiksilver Pro will be the first 2009 WCT event. Last season, Kelly Slater defeated Mick Fanning and conquered the Gold Coast stage.

"His non-committal reputation is pretty legendary among the surfing community," said Jenkins.

"But his competitiveness always seems to get the better of him. If I was a betting man I would be putting my money on him going for 10 titles."

Men's ASP World Tour 2009 Schedule:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2009
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Apr 7 - 19, 2009
Billabong Pro Teahupoo: May 9 - 20, 2009
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro: Jun 27 - Jul 5, 2009
Billabong Pro J-Bay: Jul 9 - 19, 2009
Boost Mobile Pro pres by Hurley: Sept 11 - 20, 2009
Quiksilver Pro France: Sept 23 - Oct 4, 2009
Billabong Pro Mundaka: Oct 5 - 17, 2009
Rip Curl Pro Search: Oct 19 - 28, 2009
Billabong Pipeline Masters: Dec 8 - 20, 2009