Kelly Slater Wins The 2010 Hurley Pro At Lower Trestles

After an impressive victory at the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles, Kelly Slater has perched himself in the number one ratings position and has his sights on an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title.

Kelly Slater.  Photo: ASP/RowlandKelly Slater, past nine-time ASP World Champion, dominated the 2010 Hurley Pro at Trestles and defeated Australian Bede Durbidge.

The Hurley Pro at Trestles was event No. 6 of the 2010 ASP World Tour and culminated with Kelly Slater adding a 43rd elite tour victory to his collection.

“What can I say? What a week,” Slater said. “The experience was just awesome.”

Slater has now claimed his fourth elite tour win at Lower Trestles (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) and has launched himself into the ratings’ lead for the 2010 ASP World Tour.

“Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th,” Slater said. “We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now.”

Slater, who was relegated to Round 5 by Australian Owen Wright in Round 4, took advantage of the newly-implemented double-elimination round and sprung back with a vengeance after earning a free pass to the Quarterfinals after his opponent, Davidson, was too ill to compete.

“I think the new format is good for the fans,” Slater said. “They get to see us surf a little more and it was definitely a different mindset for me paddling out yesterday. If you win you get a round off and if you lose you get to surf again. I think it’s good overall.”

In addition winning the event and taking the ratings lead, Kelly Slater received $105,000, the biggest prize purse in surfing history.

The 2010 ASP World Tour will continue at the Quiksilver Pro France from September 25 through October 5th, 2010.

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