Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Good To Be King

I know you don't care. Here it is anyway, one of the greatest champions of ALL sports, and most importantly a Florida Boy!

Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, USA) has trumped Australian Mick Fanning (Coolangatta, AUS) to win the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay for the fourth time. The 36-year-old Floridian was on fire as the Supertubes break turned on mind blowing 2.5m waves in early heats before deteriorating rapidly throughout the afternoon. Both surfers struggled in the opening stages of the 35-minute final, before Slater pounced on a clean inside wave to rack up an 8.50 score. A series of uncharacteristic falls by reigning world champ Fanning left the door wide open for Slater who capitalised with an 8.23 late in the match. His combined two wave total of 16.73 to Fanning's 9.40 was enough to clinch his fourth event victory for the year and extend his lead on the ASP World Tour Ratings.

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