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Kelly Slater proved to the surfing world what everyone has known for quite some time, he owns Lower Trestles. And in 3 – 5ft. clean conditions at the legendary Southern California point break, Slater defeated Joel Parkinson to win an unprecedented 6th Hurley Pro
, event no. 6 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
(WCT) while claiming his record 50th
elite tour victory of his career.
“I know I went out there feeling like I didn’t have anything to lose because Parko (Joel Parkinson) was the form guy,” Slater said. “He was pretty much the standout in every round. He schooled Medina (Gabriel Medina) yesterday somehow and was combo’ing everybody.” Indeed, Parkinson was putting it to any and everyone throughout the tournament, except when it mattered most – against Slater and in the final. Dominant from day one, Parko was the standout performer, posting some of the highest individual wave and heat score totals of the entire contest. With a runner-up finish, his second consecutive after falling to two-time World Champion and world #1 ranked Mick Fanning at the Billabong
Pro Teahupoo, and his third overall this year, Parkinson is the current world #2 with Slater, Hawaiian John John Florence and Brazil’s Adriano De Souza rounding out the newly revised ASP WCT Top 5 respectively.
Yet with all the adversity considering the often contested calls by the judges, whether it was an interference against Julian Wilson in round 4 or a loss of wave priority in a super close round 5 heat against Jeremy Flores as well as in the final against Parkinson, Slater managed what was his to control and still put it together when he needed it. “I knew that heat would either make or break me for the year,” Slater said. “Had I let Parko have those extra 2,000 points if he’d won, it would look very different in the ratings.” Instead, Kelly has lessened the gap between him, Parkinson and Fanning in the points race heading into the European leg of the tour. The win also caps a string of 3 consecutive Hurley
Pro titles dating back to 2010.
Without a doubt, when it comes to putting on a jersey at Lower Trestles, Slater is sure to put on a show – oh, yeah, and win!
On behalf of BC Surf & Sport and BCSurf.com
Congratulations Kelly!! 2012 Hurley Pro Champion!!