Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has claimed a historic 11th ASP World Title today, clinching the year-long pursuit with his advancement out of Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.
In pristine three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) peaks at Ocean Beach, Slater fought back to an inspired start from opponent Dan Ross (AUS), 28, to claim victory in the dying moments in front of a capacity crowd at Ocean Beach.
“It was a scrappy heat, I didn’t win it in the most effortless style,” Slater said. “I’ve had a lot of heats with Rossy (Dan Ross) this year, and he’s real dangerous with a little power so I knew he’d be dangerous and I was nowhere to be found in the beginning of that heat. I was hunting those lefts and they were fading off I was thinking ‘why am I taking off on these things.’ I knew I had to get in on some of those rights. That wave had a nice open face and I thought it’d probably be just enough.”
Kelly Slater did it again by adding an 11th ASP World Title to his long list of accomplishments. It was just another day in the office as Slater took Dan Ross in the Round 3 to claim the 2011 ASP Men’s World Title.
It definitely wasn’t a walk in the park, but with weather conditions feeling “like a nice day in France” everything was in alignment; the weather, the crowd, the offshore winds, and the waves made it possible for Kelly to take home his 11th title. When asked how it felt, Kelly had this to say:
“It hasn’t really sunk in. I’ve been pretty stressed about it to be honest with you I’m just glad it’s over. It’s very fulfilling.. It’s personal satisfaction, I don’t know what it means to anything else, but to me it feels really nice. I’ve dedicated my whole life since I was a little kid to surfing and then to competing. To go a whole year and have it pay off and you win a world time you know all that work and effort it’s a really rewarding feeling.” ~ Rip Curl Live Stream
Matt Wilkinson has won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic California ahead of Tonino Benson in an action packed day, which saw Australian Shaun Cansdell take the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series title for 2010 – as well as the $50,000 that comes with it.
“I am pretty happy, said the Australian winner Matt Wilkinson. “I have never won a QS event,” he said. “Well, I won a One Star event when I was 16 or 17. It was the first QS I ever did. Ever since then I’ve been getting seconds and thirds and stuff, so to get that monkey off my back, I’m frothing. I am just stoked with this week.”
Can’t get out to the comp site? No worries. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic has streaming live coverage. Check it out now at: http://www.oneill.com/cwc/california/live and ALL weekend long.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California completed the last four heats of Round 1 today due to a small unexpected south swell which delivered crisp two-to-three foot right-handers to Steamer Lane.
Surfers competing in the ASP PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California are out to capitalize on the crucial ratings points towards their ASP World Ranking in an attempt to qualify for the prestigious ASP World Tour.
Aqua And Wavefest proudly bring ya a surf movie presentation of scientific proportions!
Wednesday, October 20 • 7:30pm & 9:15pm (2 shows)
The California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
Hi and welcome back to the P-Town Classic. This year we decided to change the name to NORTH COAST CLASSIC, to create a more “global” appeal. We will continue to raise money for Surf Aid (www.surfaidinternational.org) as well as Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org) in the 2010 event.
This years event is all set to go on October 30Th and 31st. Saturdays surfing event will be held at Linda Mar Beach (location on beach to be announced). And this year we will get to play golf at the world class Half Moon Bay Ocean course! So bring your A game, the greens play true and the balls roll fast.
Relentless Energy presents Short Stories, a challenge to recognize core sports and music filmmakers…
The first Short Stories film, by renowned photographer and bodyboarder Mickey Smith, explores his world as a true waterman – both as an athlete and artist, and is called The Dark Side of The Lens.
“Originally I planned for the film to be more anonymous, rather than biographical, an all encompassing piece, to represent the photographers keeping the surfing machine afloat”, explains Smith.
Something that offers insight into what it takes to grind out a living as a water-based photographer in the surfing industry: a short experimental glimpse at a life lived in the shadow of obsessive photographic pursuits.”
“It also gave me the chance to ask myself a few questions, like, if you’re always observing and documenting what you see and experience, are you ever truly present? Questions like that where I could step back think and then see what the answers were”, Smith says.
As well as documenting various voices and experiences across surf photography, Smith worked with Allan Wilson from the Astray Collective, who acted as Director of Photography on the project. Together they logged hours of footage across the Atlantic coastline, traveling around Ireland, Cornwall and Manchester. Shot in Super 16mm film, as well as groundbreaking work with Canon 5R Digital SLR, Smith also projected images of the huge walls of water within which he works, on to monster urban landscapes such as sky rises and castles in Manchester, as well as the cliff lines at his home of Ireland
To get started pick up a blue tarp from your local hardware store
Grab your skate and a few friends
Find a local tarp spot that’s not crowded
Life Is A Wave, the annual fundraiser hosted by Save The Waves Coalition, rolled into downtown San Francisco last Thursday night, May 27th. The event raised $50,000 for Save The Waves’ environmental programs, to further protect and preserve surfing coastline around the world.
STW also presented Billabong USA president Paul Naude with the organization’s 2010 Wave Saver Award for his environmental and humanitarian work on behalf of the surfing community. “I’d like to dedicate this award to all the volunteers of surf activism,” said Naude to a cheering crowd during his rousing acceptance speech.