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40 Something Slater Takes the Quiksilver at Kirra

By March 14, 2013

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Kelly Slater at 41 years of age won the 2013 Quiksilver pro in pumping Kirra against the reigning world champ who just so happens to be a local at said right point. But the Floridian didn't just catch a lucky break or barely squeak by Joel Parkinson. He soundly answered two excellent rides with two "excellenter" rides. He didn't surf like a last gasp from a forgotten era but rather a stealthy, agile, and confident keeper of the flame. Along the way, Slater put Dane, Kolohe, Fanning, and Parko all in a strangle hold with a savvy mix of old school power, new school theatrics, and some good old fashion tactical "strategery". The waves got good and everyone was ripping, but Slater just plain out surfed them all. It was a great event with Michel Bourez breaking through into the semi- final out with Spartan power and Tahitian style. Even if the the Super Heat lacked in its super-ness as Dane Reynolds never really got started, Jordy ripped one measly wave to pieces, while 70's super hero turned underground ambassador Rabbit Bartholomew grabbed the only legitimate wave in the heat with a throaty barrel and rail carve. Oh but the waves! They lit up for the main event. The semi-finals and the final were epic. Big, long tubes and open walls that played the part of canvas for the artistic rendering of the world's best surfers. The pro season has begun and those who follow it are for some fun. Let's hope John John heals up and Reynolds makes the most of his next wildcard.

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