What can ya say? Kelly Slater makes it 10

Posted by: on November 7th, 2010

On Tuesday he discovered his greatest ever rival Andy Irons had passed away aged 32, and on Saturday he became a 10-time world champion.

Speaking immediately after coming out of the water, Slater declared he would trade his titles just to have Irons back.

Unbelievable. Slater has now picked up his tenth world title. There really aren’t too many athletes of any description who’ve picked up 10 world titles, let alone someone in a sport as demanding as ours. It’s not like the tour is full of lighweights either. Quite incredible and not something were likely to ever see again.

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In a series of blistering performances today at the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico Kelly Slater claimed both his tenth ASP World Title and his forty fifth world tour victory. Needless to say, he’s the most dominant surfer the sport has ever seen.

“I’m just really relieved right now,” said Slater immediately after clinching the title. “It’s not one maneuver or one wave, it’s a year long thing. I’m so tired of worrying about my boards, my food and everything. This comes as such a relief.” ESPN

Kelly Slater clinched an unprecedented 10th world surfing title with victory in his quarter-final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico.

Thousands of fans crowded Middles Beach in the Aguadilla region of the island and were treated to a surfing exhibition as Slater destroyed Brazilian Adriano De Souza with a two-wave score of 18.87 points out of 20.

Slater described his week as a story of two extremes.
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On Tuesday he discovered his greatest ever rival Andy Irons had passed away aged 32, and on Saturday he became a 10-time world champion.

Speaking immediately after coming out of the water, Slater declared he would trade his titles just to have Irons back.

The 38-year-old began his career way back in 1991 and wasted little time achieving success, claiming his first championship in 1992.
AAP via SMH

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