Surfing legend Kelly Slater (officially) wins 11th world title
This time, it's official.
Surfing legend Kelly Slater won his 11th world championship Sunday after Round 4 at the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco. Slater was thought to have won it last week, but the Assn. of Surfing Professionals admitted it made a calculation error and crowned him prematurely.
"It was a confirmed the other day, but we’re sure now,” Slater said in a release Sunday. "I’m stoked. I was upset about it, but I also thought it was really funny. There are no hard feelings towards ASP and mistakes happen. It’s easy to point things out."
In 1992, at age 20, Slater became the youngest surfer to win a world championship. In 2011, the 39-year old Cocoa Beach, Fla., native became the oldest.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Kelly Slater celebrates clinching his 11th ASP world title on Sunday in San Francisco. Credit: Kirstin Scholtz / ASP via Getty Images