Kelly Slater Wins 11th World Title in San Francisco

On Wednesday, Kelly Slater won a record-setting 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco. Despite the cold conditions, Slater tallied a score of 15.13, a mere .73 of a point ahead of Daniel Ross.

“It feels like the circle has been completed,” Slater said after the competition. “I knew somewhere in the back of my mind eleven was there, but I honestly don’t think about twelve. I was born on 2/11 and now to win on 11/2, it’s a weird coincidence and it does feel like the completion of something. It was a goal I set at the beginning of the year and luckily I got to it.”

Another ‘weird coincidence’ is that Slater’s second consecutive world title comes a year to the day that three-time world champion Andy Irons passed away.

“I started thinking about Andy a couple days ago,” Slater said. “And today, it’s like he’s watching over us. We had a little memorial for him today, and now the waves, the weather, it just feels like he was watching over us. Emotionally it’s still a very hard thing to reconcile with.”

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