Kelly Slater 

In the surfing world, everybody's talking about it.

Kelly Slater is in the center of what can be named as a potential Surfing Revolution.

Is he really going to leave the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) to debut a new World Tour of Surfing?

Are the ESPN rumours true? If so, when are we having the new global challenge?

Is the ASP's World Tour so bad that we need a change?

SurferToday.com has identified some of the Pros and Cons of Kelly Slater's eventual new World Tour of Surfing.

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PROS

* Refreshing new behaviours of judging and ranking system
* New selection of world's finest surf spots
* Live TV broadcast
* Wider sponsorship policies
* More relaxed and free surfing during heats
* Having one of the greatest surfers of all time running the show
* Top prizes and having advertising income directly to surfers (idea sent by Chev)

CONS

* Inexperience of starting a brand new World Surfing Tour
* Losing ASP's longtime know-how
* Having two parallel competition running, just like the Kiteboarding's PKRA/KPWT endless war
* Starting a unnecessary battle for the ISA sports approval
* Delay surfing as an Olympic sport
* Delivering surfing to business men who do not understand what a "Take Off" is

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Kelly Slater 

The Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award went for the second time in three years to legendary American surfer Kelly Slater, who won a record ninth world title at the age of 37. 

At 37, legendary surfing master Kelly Slater completed his most dominant year yet. Claiming an unprecedented ninth world title in 2008, Slater took first in six of the 10 contests he entered. His 8,832 points this year absolutely dwarfed the 6,780 of his nearest competitor. Slater did not even plan to compete in 2008, giving his rivals a sense of confidence that his later change-of-mind quickly dashed.

Slater received his award at a special ceremony held at the Home Depot Centre on the final day of the 2009 X Games from Laureus World Sports Academy members and action sports legends Tony Hawk and Robby Naish. 

After receiving the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award, Slater could not contain his delight in front of a live television audience and cheering fans at the Home Depot Centre. On accepting the award Slater said "To be recognised on an international and mainstream sports level is something special that I haven't experienced a lot.  This Laureus award is something very different and special.  To be recognized in this group of athletes is amazing and something I'm happy to carry with me throughout my lifetime.  I'm very honoured to win this award a second time."

Laureus  World  Sports  Academy  member  Tony  Hawk   said: "Kelly is a pioneering athlete having become the youngest ever world champion in 1992  at  the age of 20. And then in 2006 he became the oldest at 34.  It is a tribute to his dedication to sport and his impact on surfing that he is still around and  setting the standards to beat".

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Ramzi Boukhiam 

Morocco's Ramzi Boukhiam has won the 2009 edition of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, beating Tom Neushwanger (Fra), Ian Fontaine (Fra) and William Alliotti (Gua). Ramzi and Tom will go on to represent Europe in the International Final of the King of the Groms, set to take place from 23rd September to 4th October, during the Quiksilver Pro France 2009.

In the final, the Team Quiksilver surfer Ramzi Boukhiam outclassed his rivals with a score of 7.90 and 9.33. With a final total of 17.23 points (out of a possible 20), including one wave judged at 9.33 (out of 10), Ramzi produced the best series of the entire competition.

At the end of the day, at the spot in Zarautz (Euskadi) and for the final series of the event, the quality of the waves improved markedly. For the first few minutes of the final, Ramzi had some trouble perfecting his moves. But with iron patience, the one they call "Ramzouille" gradually gained in confidence and performed a string of rollers, floaters and cutbacks with increasing ease and a radical style. With seven minutes to go in the series, he confirmed his victory with a wave scored at 9.33 that unmistakeably marked the pinnacle of these two days of competition. The young Moroccan richly deserved his win, having remained unbeaten over the two days of surfing. "I've changed the way I approach my series, and now I'm more chilled, I don't put myself under so much pressure. I try to have fun, just let go and it works!" explained the King of the Groms 2009.

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