Kelly Slater, star of 3D Giant Screen film The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, has won his 10th world title. ESPN reports:
Kelly Slater claimed his record 10th ASP world title Saturday at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico.
In clean, contestable 3- to 4-foot surf at Middles, Slater advanced out of his quarterfinal heat over Brazil’s Adriano De Souza to mathematically eliminate world No. 2 Jordy Smith from the world title race.
Since his previous title, in 2008, there had been a great deal of speculation as to whether Slater would go for a 10th, and after an uncharacteristic ninth-place finish at the Quiksilver Pro this year, questions about his motivation surfaced.
But Slater, 38, went on to win the second event of the year, the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia. From that point, he gained momentum and went into Puerto Rico on a tear, having finished third, first, second, and first in the previous four contests.
UPDATE: More on Kelly’s amazing win: