- 06 February 2014 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has conquered the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014, in triple-overhead barrels, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.
The Floridian champion kicked off his 24th season on the world tour with a special victory, as he prepares to celebrate his 42nd anniversary.
Slater scored one Perfect 10 in the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014. In the final four-man clash, the 11-time world champion defeated Wiggolly Dantas, Mason Ho, and Adriano De Souza.
"This was some of the best Pipe I've ever surfed in my life. There were some really gnarly, intense, kind of vicious waves this morning. It was really doubling up, a new swell, it was a little bit wonky," underlines Kelly Slater.
"It did feel like there was definitely some room out there to work on things and the opportunity was there because when the wave gets really intense, you've got to just totally commit, and you can see if a guys committed or not, and you can choose to be like that."
Slater had five of the top 10 wave scores of the competition, including the top heat score of the event - 19.77 out of 20, posted in the Round of 32.
"I remember coming here when I was 12 years old, I met Joey Buran on the trail the morning after he won the Pipe Masters in 1984. I fell in love with Pipeline that moment and it's been my favorite wave ever since," concludes Slater.
The top eight Hawaiian competitors in the Volcom Pipe Pro will be rewarded with local seeds into the 2014 event, which is part of the Triple Crown series and wraps up the ASP World Tour in December.
Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 Final:
1. Kelly Slater, USA - 15.7 (9.53, 6.17)
2. Wiggolly Dantas, Brazil - 13.77 (8.27, 5.5)
3. Mason Ho, Hawaii - 11.5 (7.7, 3.8)
4. Adriano De Souza, Brazil - 10.7 (8.43, 2.27)