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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.
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RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SERIES – CRONULLA FINALS

Posted by: on January 20th, 2009

 

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) was the star of the show today.

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) was the star of the show today.

 

 

Cronulla, NSW — The final instalment of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS, was run and won today.

Having seen 140 of the best, 16 years and under, surfers in the country congregate at Cronulla over the past four days, today saw the crowning of four new Rip Curl GromSearch champions.

Heralding his sparkling rise to form was Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW), who took out the 14 years and under division in style.

“I’m so stoked,” said the current 16 years and under Australian champion.

“I knew that it was going to be such a hard final to win,” he said after defeating Noa Deane (Coolangatta, QLD), Tyler Hutchinson (North Narrabeen, NSW) and Zac Scott (Maroubra, NSW).

With level of junior surfing being pushed beyond recognition, over the past few days, Chapman knew it would take something special to take the crown.

“I was really nervous having seen all the guys ripping throughout the contest – I knew that I had to get big scores to take it out,” Chapman admitted.

And that he did.

Racking up a massive 16.33 (out of a possible 20), which included a near-flawless 9.5 (out of a possible 10), Chapman was always going to be hard to beat.

In the 14 years and under girls division it was Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) who continued to excellent run of form at Cronulla.

Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) added another Rip Curl GromSearch win to her bow.

Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) added another Rip Curl GromSearch win to her bow.


“I’m really happy to have finished the event off with a strong performance – to get the win is a bonus,” she said.

However, she did not have it all her own way.

Within the opening minute Fiona Casey (South West Rocks, NSW) put Van Dijk, Lauren McAleer (North Curl Curl, NSW) and Holly-Sue Coffey (Narrabeen, NSW), under the pump – racking up a perfect 10 just after the opening hooter.

“I knew I had to be on my game after that,” Van Dijk said.

“I tried not to think about it too much and just surf within myself.”

Having finished second in the premier division, 16 years and under, Van Dijk was unstoppable – winning her third Rip Curl GromSearch event for the Series.

“I like surfing against the older girls as it forces me to improve my surfing, she admitted.

“Coming to Sydney for the first time was awesome for me – it’s always good to know what’s going on in the other states.”

Michael Wright (Culburra, NSW) took out the 12 years and under division in one most scintillating 20-minute heats of the event.

Pitted against fellow prodigy Jack Germain (Port Macquarie, NSW), who racked up a perfect 10-point ride in the semi-final, Wright put on a show for the spectators accumulating 16.00 (out of a possible 20).

Ripping apart the one-metre conditions at the famed Sydney beach break, Wright, Germain, Luke Hynd (Newport, NSW) and Fraser Dovell (Avalon, NSW) provided a window into the future of Australian professional surfing.

Following in the footsteps of 16 years and under champion, and fellow Cronulla local, Cronulla girl Veronica Charles took out the 12 years and under division in front of a euphoric local crowd.

Defeating Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW), Holly-Sue Coffey (Narrabeen, NSW) and Cali McDonough (North Curl Curl, NSW), Charles was all smiles after being crowned state champion in the GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS.

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