After a period of confusion concerning points allocation (more on that here), surfing legend Kelly Slater has been handed the ASP world champion title for a record-breaking 11th time.
The 39-year-old made ensured his position atop the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals pantheon after advancing to the quarter finals of the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco yesterday.
Florida-born Slater - who has the unique honour of being both surfing's youngest and oldest-ever world champion - has run up a hugely impressive tally of 48 event wins on ASP tours since winning his first title in 1992.
This year, Slater secured the title with three wins and two runner-up finishes and will enter the next ASP tour event, the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, safe in the knowledge that the title is his.
"I'm going against two kids that could literally be my kids, and those kids throw gnarly turns," sais Kelly about his competition, before going on to explain how he was feeling about his momentous victory. "I texted my mom and said it was funny that I didn't really have any emotion about it when I won, so maybe deep down I knew."
More on Kelly's performance here...
- Live stream of the event
- ASP World Tour website
- More surfing on redbull.com
- Follow Kelly Slater on Twitter