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Kelly Slater wins Hurley Pro at Trestles, reclaims ASP World Tour lead

September 18, 2010 |  7:37 pm

Kelly Slater collects the victory Saturday at the Hurley Pro Trestles. He now sits at the top of the ASP World Tour rankings.

Kelly Slater has reclaimed the top spot on the ASP World Tour rankings by winning the Hurley Pro Trestles, beating Australian Bede Durbidge on six-foot waves Saturday at San Clemente's Lower Trestles.

"What can I say? What a week," Slater said. "We looked at the swell forecast and Pat [O’Connell] and I were talking, going 'look what we’re going to get this week.' I’ve got to thank Bob Hurley and the whole Hurley crew. I think they just brainstormed and put a lot of good ideas together for us. The experience was just awesome."

Slater is in contention to win an unprecedented 10th ASP world title -- if he can finish the season, which has four events remaining, with continued strong results.

"Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th," the 38-year-old Floridian said. "I don’t know what to say. It’s still a long road ahead. We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now."

Durbidge, who defeated Slater at this event in 2006, was ultimately thankful for his second-place finish.

"I’ve got a baby on the way, so it was really good to get a result here," said Durbidge, 27. "I can’t compete in Portugal [at the Rip Curl Pro]. This was an important comp for me. Congrats go to Kelly. He’s the man out here and his record is second to none and he’s so dangerous. It was good to make the final. I’m stoked."

Slater was awarded $105,000 for the victory -- the biggest prize purse in surfing history. He also now has a 4,500-point lead over South Africa's Jordy Smith, who was in first place coming into the Hurley Pro with a slim, 250-point advantage over Slater.

Smith, 22, was unable to overcome Durbidge in the quarterfinals, but with his fifth-place finish he now holds the No. 2 spot.

"It was a tough one," Smith said. "I broke two of my best boards ever yesterday and paddled out on a plug and it didn’t go so well. You have heats like that. You can’t win everyone. I think this year I’ve relaxed a lot more. I don’t put as much pressure out on myself. In years prior, I was a little arrogant and got ahead of myself and would surf brand new boards in heats. This year is different for me, and now I’m just focused on Europe."

The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Quiksilver Pro France, Sept. 25-Oct. 5.

Hurley Pro Trestles final results:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.13
2 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.13
Semifinal results:
Semifinal 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.43
Semifinal 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.67 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.63
Quarterfinal results:
Quarterfinal 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.60 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.20
Quarterfinal 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.03 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 15.97
Quarterfinal 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.27 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.87
Quarterfinal 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.80 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.90
Current ASP World Title Race Top 5 (after Hurley Pro Trestles):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 40,000 points
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,500 points
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 30,500 points
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 30,250 points
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 29,500 points

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Kelly Slater collects the victory Saturday at the Hurley Pro Trestles. He now sits at the top of the ASP World Tour rankings. Credit: © Rowland / ASP