KELLY SLATER WINS UNPRECEDENTED EIGHTH FOSTER'S ASP MEN'S WORLD TOUR CROWN
MUNDAKA, Basque Country, Northern Spain (Friday, October 13, 2006) – After an amazing year on the Foster's ASP Men's World Tour, Kelly Slater (USA) has claimed an unprecedented eighth world crown.
Despite there being two events still remaining in the season, Slater cannot be surpassed at the top of the ratings by any of his closest rivals (including Taj Burrow (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Mick Fanning (AUS)) who were all eliminated prior to or by Slater in today's event, the Billabong Pro Mundaka.
It has been another scintillating year for Slater, kicking off the season with a sound win in the Quiksilver Pro on Australia's Gold Coast.
He then backed that up with a win in event number two, the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach Victoria, Australia.
His event stats then read: 3rd in the Billabong Pro Tahiti; a no show at The Globe WCT Fiji; 5th in the Rip Curl Pro Search, 3rd Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, 2nd Boost Mobile Pro, California; 3rd Quiksilver Pro France; and now 2nd here in the Billabong Pro Mundaka.
And while Burrow – who had a second to Slater in the opening event and again came in at second to Fanning at Jeffereys Bay – at times looked to be closing in on the front runner, Slater has held onto the top slot all year.
Slater admitted that this year has probably been his best consistency-wise since he claimed his first title way back in 1992.