- 09 March 2011 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has conquered the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, at Snapper Rocks, Australia. The Floridian champion won his 46th elite Dream Tour event title, after beating Taj Burrow by a narrow margin.
The iconic surfer is on fire. In the final day, Slater was better than Dusty Payne and Tiago Pires, before reaching the last heat. Competing against the local hero, the 10-time world surfing champion secured 11.20 points to seal the victory.
“I’m having a lot of fun,” Slater said. “It’s pretty easy. You go out and surf Snapper by yourself, it's pretty fun. To get to surf a contest is a bonus. I’d like to thank my girlfriend and everyone at Quiksilver for throwing the event. Everyone loves this event because the waves are so fun. I don’t think I’m the only one that thought Taj was the standout of the event. At some point had to stop getting 9s and I just picked the right heat.”
Watch the final highlights of the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Burrow, who was arguably the form surfer throughout the entirety of the event, went on an absolute rampage on the final day of competition to oust American Brett Simpson (USA), 26, in the Quarterfinals and dangerous South African Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, in the Semifinals, but fell just short of the score needed to surpass Slater for the victory in the back-half of their duel, finishing runner-up overall.
- 08 March 2011 | Surfing
The Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore, 18, has won 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the opening round of the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour, in Australia. In a very young final, the waves surfed by the eldest beat local hero Tyler Wright, 16, at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
Consistent waves pumped the nerves of the best female surfers in the world. Moore showed she was definitely the best surfer of the event, notching the highest scores with unparalleled speed, power and surfing progression.
“It’s been an amazing finish to the event and the waves were so good for us today,” Moore said. “If I didn’t have priority and hadn’t dropped in on Tyler (Wright) on that wave, then she probably would have gotten the score and won the heat. It’s been an incredible event for me and I’m excited for the year ahead.”
The young Hawaiian’s victory today, her fourth elite win of her career, can be taken as a fierce declaration of her plans for the year, clearly eyeing her maiden ASP Women’s World Title.
- 07 March 2011 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has all the time in the world. At Snapper Rocks, in the Australian Gold Coast, he has been showing performance, quality, fluidity and experience. After having guaranteed the 10th world surfing title, Slater looks relaxed enough to enjoy pro competition, heat by heat, win by win.
The surf king seems to have unveiled another challenge for himself. Kelly Slater has indicated he will be shaping one surfboard per stage of the 2011 ASP World Tour, which means he will certainly test new designs and hydrodynamics.
The "Semi-Pro" surfer has always showed interest in deepening knowledge in surfboard shaping and, who knows, a personal KS brand.