Kelly Slater: another title?

Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Victor Fernandez are three of the six personalities nominated for the 2011 Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. The wave riding community must be thrilled with this outstanding achievement.

The nominations prove that surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding are growing action sports. Kelly Slater (USA) was chose for the unprecedented record of tenth world surfing championships, Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) won her fourth consecutive world title and Victor Fernandez (Spain) took the PWA Wave Tour and led rankings throughout season.

These are the arguments of the Laureus World Sports Awards. The final decision will be made in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday, February 7. Will one wave rider take home the biggest trophy?

2011 Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year (Nominations):

Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX - seventh gold medal in BMX Vert at X Games, with first-ever four-peat
Victor Fernandez (Spain) Windsurfing - won PWA Wave Tour and led ranking throughout season
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing - won her fourth consecutive world championship
Levi Sherwood (New Zealand) Freestyle Moto-Cross - at 18, won two events on X-Fighters Tour
Kelly Slater (US) Surfing - won an unprecedented record tenth World Surfing Championship.
Shaun White (US) Snowboarding - won second straight Olympic gold in Halfpipe, with 48.4 out of 50

Rob Bain, Layne Beachley, and Dave Macaulay have taken out the Azores Airlines World Masters Championship in the Grand Masters, Women's Masters and Men's Masters divisions held in good three-foot surf at Praia de Santa Barbara.

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