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Kelly Slater re-crowned world surfing champion

  • © ASP / KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ
    Kelly Slater, 39, Coco Beach, Florida, USA (pictured) celebrated his iconic 11th ASP World Title for the second time this week after winning his round four heat at the Rip Curl Pro Search at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, USA on Sunday November 6, 2011.After being prematurely awarded the title on November 2 due to a calculation error made by the ASP, Slater once again asserted his surfing dominance defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) with a heat total of 17.17 (out of a possible 20.00).
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    Kelly Slater runs with his board after winning his heat in the fourth round of the Rip Curl Pro Search surf contest, thereby clinching his 11th Association of Surfing Profesionals season title, at Ocean Beach, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 in San Francisco. Slater was mistakenly awarded the ASP title on Wednesday when, the ASP said, it made a mistake in its tiebreakers. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
  • © ASP / KELLY CESTARI
    IMAGE CAPTION: Kelly Slater, 39, Coco Beach, Florida, USA (pictured) officially secured his iconic 11th ASP World Title for the second time this week after winning his round four heat at the Rip Curl Pro Search at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, USA on Sunday November 6, 2011. After being prematurely awarded the title on November 2 due to a calculation error made by the ASP, Slater once again asserted his dominance defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) with a heat total of 17.17 (out of a possible 20.00). His win today earned him sufficient points lead over his closes rival Owen Wright (AUS) to secure the 2011 ASP World Title.
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Surfer Kelly Slater secured his record-extending 11th world title four days after he was prematurely crowned champion because of a calculation error by the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Slater, 39, ensured that he’ll finish atop the 2011 ASP world title ranking by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco Sunday, the ASP said. Officials wrongly awarded Slater the title last week because of an error in the rankings system.

“We’re sure now,” Slater said on the ASP website. “I was upset about it, but I also thought it was really funny. There are no hard feelings towards ASP and mistakes happen.”

Professional surfing’s governing body had calculated that Slater’s Nov. 2 third-round win in San Francisco was enough to give him an unassailable lead atop the ranking. Two days later, the association said a mistake had been made and that Australia’s Owen Wright still had a chance to catch him.

The Cocoa Beach, Florida-born Slater, who is professional surfing’s youngest and oldest world champion, has won a record 48 events on the elite tour and more than $3 million in prize money. His first world title came in 1992.

Slater has three wins and two runner-up finishes on the ASP’s 11-event schedule this year with the current competition and the Dec. 8-20 Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii left.

He described securing his 11th championship in such circumstances as “a little anticlimactic.”

“This is my profession and it’s a little bit on me to know the situation and it’s not just everyone else’s fault,” Slater added. “There have been a few of these mistakes over the course of history, but this one was a bit weird.”

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