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Kelly Slater Claims Historic 11th ASP World Title at Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco

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TV LINK 2: SLATER PODIUM/CHAIR/ACTION: ROSS ACTION: DUR: 02:57 https://backup.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8b72658d60656fbc719a

TV LINK 3: KNOX (USA) ACTION/IV ON IRONS/SLATER. WILKINSON (AUS) Dur: 03:02 https://backup.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8b72658d605e6f7da3a7

TV LINK 4: KELLY SLATER: 2011 ASP World Title Events: DUR:00:36: https://backup.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8b72658a606672af9da6 SHOTLIST AT PAGE END

TV LINK: RD2: MORNING : DURBIDE (AUS) IV/ACTION: REYNOLDS (USA): PERROW (AUS): FANNING (AUS): THE LATE ANDY IRON PADDLE OUT DUR: 03:20 https://backup.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8b72658d5b65767ba4

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Wednesday, November 2, 2011) – 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.

After a banner year that witnessed the iconic Floridian make five of nine Finals (thus far) and post three wins, Slater seems to be surfing at the top of his game.

Today’s clinching of the 2011 ASP World Title comes on the one-year anniversary of the passing of Andy Irons. Irons, who is credited with being a defining force in Slater’s career, was once a bitter rival of the champ (claiming three consecutive ASP World Titles himself) but became a close friend and confidant in recent years. The symbolism of today was not lost on Slater.

With the 2011 ASP World Title sealed, Slater is now focused on performing in the event at hand, the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.

Having claimed his first ASP World Title in 1992 at the age of 20, Slater still boasts the record for the youngest-ever ASP World Title holder. Now at 39 years of age, Slater holds the record of being the oldest ASP World Champion ever, but was characteristically coy regarding any talk of retirement.

In other RD three heats Matt Wilkinson (Aus) narrowly defeated fellow Australian Taj Burrow, earning an 8.10 for several explosive turns and a backside reverse to become the first surfer to move through to RD4.

Californian surfer Taylor Knox (Carlsbad’) came from behind to eliminate an in-form Bede Durbidge (Aus). Tour veteran, Knox taking it out by less than three tenths of a point after posting an 8.10 wave score. Tour veteran Knox said Slater’s achievement today was unequalled in any other sport.

Australian surfer Kieren Perrow (Byron Bay) defeated World No. 3 Adriano de Souza 14.10 to 11.43. Prior to the loss, De Souza still had an outside chance at the World Title had Slater bowed out. De Souza failed to find the form that saw him defeat Slater in the previous event the Rip Curl Pro Portugal to finish equal 13th overall. Perrow (AUS), 34, was deadly in his Round 2 match-up today as well and drove though a clean barrel to attain a 9.17 out of 10 to eliminate two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 30.

Gabriel Medina, the Brazilian rookie who claimed victory in just his second event on the world tour in France last month– easily dispatched of Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia 15.37 to 5.36.

Brazil’s Miguel Pupo got the better of Adrian Buchan (Aus) in their Round 3 duel to continue his run of results in California. Last week the tour rookie won a Prime event in Santa Cruz, California and is now through to RD.4 of the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.

Day two commenced with a paddle-out by the world’s elite surfers to honor the late great Andy Irons of Kauai.

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, Livestream.com and live.ripcurl.com

Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, are calling for he first two days of the waiting period, Tuesday and Wednesday, to see solid northwest ground and windswell mix along with generally favorable wind conditions (although still lumpy and bumpy surf on Tuesday). The end of the week and into the following weekend (3rd-6th) will see more swell, but also variable and, at times, strong onshore wind.

For additional information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

Mandy McKinnon: TV News Feeds: +1 949 331 0191 Email: [email protected]

Dane Sharp International Media Manager Rip Curl

Email: [email protected]

Kelly Slater’s ASP World Title Clinch Locations:

2011: Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco – USA

2010: Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico – USA Territory

2008: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain

2006: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain

2005: Nova Schin Festival – Brazil

1998: Mountain Dew Pipeline Masters – Hawaii

1997: Expo 98 Figueira 97 – Portugal

1996: Coca Cola Figueira 96 – Portugal

1995: Chiemsee Pipe Masters – Hawaii

1994: Chiemsee Gerry Lopez Pipe Masters – Hawaii

1992: Alternativa Surf Rio – Brazil

2011 ASP World Title Series Results:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: WINNER

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Equal 5th

Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 13th

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay: No Show

Billabong Pro Tahiti: WINNER

Quiksilver Pro New York: Runner-Up

Hurley Pro at Trestles: WINNER

Quiksilver Pro France: Equal 5th

Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Runner-UP

Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco: TBD

Billabong Pipeline Masters: TBD

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.40 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.00

Heat 2: Taylor Knox (AUS) 14.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.57

Heat 3: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.10 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.43

Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.37 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 5.36

Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.87 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.50

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.13 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 14.40

Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.54 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 12.43

Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.10 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.40

Heat 9: Brett Simpson (USA) 16.97 Julian Wilson (Aus) 10.50

Heat 10: Chris Davidson (Aus) Joel Parkinson (Aus)

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.17

Heat 6: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.34 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.17

Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.10 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.33

Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) 16.37 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.37

Heat 9: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.43 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.87

Heat 10: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 14.66 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.86

Heat 11: Tiago Pires (PRT) 14.33 def. John John Florence (HAW)

Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.73 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.40

TV LINK 4 SHOT LIST:

00:00 – 00:03 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach ASP World Title Event

00:04 – 00:09 Teahupoo Tahiti ASP World Title Event

00:10 – 00:10 Tahiti Slater/Owen Winning Shot

00:11 – 00:14 New York ASP World Title Event

00:15 – 00:16 Slater/Wright paddle New York

00:16 – 00:24 Trestles ASP World Title Event

00:25 – 00:29 France ASP World Title Event

00:30 – 00:36 Rip Curl Pro Portugal ****
Marie-Pascale DELANNE
European Com Manager

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