Kelly Slater: a man's got to do what a man's got to do

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover, Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, will commence its waiting period this weekend, ushering in the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history with 15 ASP World Titles being represented amongst the 48-man draw.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, will return to the singlet this season, challenging for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title against the world's best surfers in the world's best waves. Coming away with an ASP Dream Tour win in Brazil last season, Slater made a mid-year challenge for the crown, yet fell short of the Australian onslaught.

"I never found myself in the right mind frame to deal with the pressure of a tenth title and find the excitement and purpose for what I was doing for more than a few heats last year," Slater said. "Brazil worked out but all the close heats went the other guy's way and I just made a lot of mind decisions and not surfing from the gut and real feelings. I am comfortable with 9 (ASP World Titles), but yeah, 10 has a certain allure to it."

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Inilek Wilmot: he wants to take the title out of his brother's hands

The second event of the Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2010 National Open Series kicked off at the Peenie Wally surfing beach at Buff Bay in Portland on Saturday 20 of February 2010. Top Jamaican surfer Inilek Wilmot, Brother of 2009 National Open Champ Icah Wilmot, walked away with the 1000 points on offer for the second time in two events with the win and now leads the race with a perfect 2000 points in the five event series which climaxes in December.

The waves were shoulder to head high with light variable winds and provided the perfect canvas for the event to play out on.

The first round saw the lighter breeze and better waves and five fifteen minute heats of six were run to cut the field in half for the second round where three heats of five were run to select the top 9 for the semi final round.

The semi-final round saw the level of surfing go up a notch. The first heat was a matchup between Luke Williams, Akeem Taylor, Ackeam Phillips, Shama Beckford and Ivah Wilmot. The surfers caught and rode 26 waves between them in the 15 minute heat. The horn sounded and Luke took first Ackeem Taylor second and Ackeam Phillips third and all three advanced to the final.

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Taj Burrow: flying high to clinch the Breaka Burleigh Pro

Taj Burrow (AUS) today etched his name into the history books, claiming the inaugural 2010 Association Of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star, Breaka Burleigh Pro.

Burrow defeated Josh Kerr (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS) and Dusty Payne (HAW) who finished second to fourth respectively in an exhilarating four-man final.

Burrow exploded out of the gates with a blistering 9.10 (out of a possible 10), going on to register a combined two-wave total of 17.30 (out of a possible 20) to Kerr’s 15.67, Wright’s 14.60 and Payne’s 8.73.

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