2011 Hurley Pro At Trestles: Kelly Slater Defeats Owen Wright
Kelly Slater and Owen Wright’s third consecutive Final bout marks a first in ASP history, as no two competitors have faced off in three successive ASP Dream Tour Finals.
Slater roared to life on the Final day, unloading the highest heat-total of the competition, 18.40 out of 20. He maintained his lethal form throughout the day’s entirety with a consistent display of new-school airs and patented carves. This event marks an unprecedented 48th elite ASP World Tour victory and third of the season.
“Owen (Wright) is tough and he’s been surfing great,” said Kelly Slater. “There really are no weak points to his surfing and he’s going to be a standout in every spot. It’s been fun surfing against Owen and surfing Lowers.”
Owen Wright, current No. 2 on the ASP World Title rankings, has continued to build momentum throughout his sophomore year amongst the ASP Top 34, defeating Mick Fanning and rookie Julian Wilson.
"I’ve been enjoying the rivalry,” said Owen Wright. “We’ve had some great heats and the last three finals have been great. I’m glad the sets came through at the end. It was a bit of a dud final but I’m glad that last exchange came though at the end. It made it exciting.”
Julian Wilson was a standout throughout the Hurley Pro at Trestles, earning the highest single-wave score of 9.80 as well as the second-highest heat-total of 18.23 in his Quarterfinals win over Joel Parkinson.
“I had a bit of fire after yesterday, not against Joel (Parkinson), but just to show that I could beat him,” Wilson said after his Quarterfinal win. “I’ve dreamed about surfing against Joel and Mick (Fanning) my whole life and yesterday gave me a lot of confidence to go against him today.”
The young Australian got off to a slow start in his Semifinals matchup versus Owen Wright after an interference and was unable to rebound, finishing equal 3rd overall. Wilson now sits at No. 11 on the ASP World Title Rankings.
The next stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season will be the Quiksilver Pro France from October 4 - 13, 2011.
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