Stab Magazine | Kelly Slater wins the 2013 Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast
353 Views

Kelly Slater wins the 2013 Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast

Kelly Slater is the current world number one. Can you believe it? Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Today at the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast, Kelly beat Mick Fanning in semifinal number two, and then Joel Parkinson in the final (with an 18.56 heat total). There was not a moment when Kelly didn’t look in […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Kelly Slater is the current world number one. Can you believe it? Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Today at the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast, Kelly beat Mick Fanning in semifinal number two, and then Joel Parkinson in the final (with an 18.56 heat total). There was not a moment when Kelly didn’t look in control. Even when he was trailing in scores, he didn’t look like he was playing catchup. Wanna know why? “I sat on the point for an hour before dark last night and I watched every wave break,” he said. “I basically took mental notes, I made lineups in my head, I knew exactly where the good waves were. I don’t think anyone else did that, by the looks of what Mick and Joel did. They sat up high and it was really clear to me watching, not only last night but also this morning – I spent some time up on the point this morning – I just had a really clear game plan and wasn’t doubting it. I sat right where I wanted and even though I was a hundred yards wider than them, that was where the best waves were when they came.”

They were, and that’s why Kelly clocked a 9.93 and 10 against Mick, and a 8.73 and 9.83 against Joel. But the fights weren’t easy, and Kelly wasn’t the only one dropping bombs. Joel scored a 10 and an eight in his semi, then a pair of eights in the final. Mick scored an eight and a nine in his semi against Kelly. “If I had to handpick two guys I had the chance to beat out here, it was gonna be Mick and Joel,” said Kelly. “That’s who I wanna surf against. Part of me would love for them to not go as far in the contest, if you look at the whole year. But if I want to challenge myself, those are the best two guys out here and that’s who I wanna prove myself against.” One wave that Joel took off on, while a little fast, saw him standing in a perfect drainer, before being shut down by an in-priority Kelly, who then popped out the doggy door but lost his footing. It was a thrilling moment, and one of many that Joel put himself in today. “Waves like that, that’s why we surf, that’s why we compete,” said Joel afterwards. “When you’re standing in a barrel and you’ve got a jersey on, and you’re getting 10s, y’know…”

“Dropped-in on,” interjected Kelly, smiling cheekily.

“It’s even worse!” laughed Joel. “Nah, but it was an amazing day, and awesome event.”

“I was actually hoping he’d break his board,” laughed Kelly later, talking about the drop in. “I had priority. He had a good wave. It didn’t matter. If he didn’t go on that wave, I would have taken that wave. It just looked like a big, throaty one. I thought it did look a little long to stay open. I was sitting on that corner down there. That’s where that sand starts to come into the bay. That was my game plan all day.”

Kelly was unsurprised by the high scores, purely because of the conditions: “That’s Kirra, y’know? The wave does the work, you just stand there and let it go around you. I wouldn’t call it classic Kirra, but there were classic waves. I couldn’t pick a better location. When I was in that semi with Mick, I was just worried that I wouldn’t get another chance to surf today out there. That was really in the back of my mind, I just wanted to surf again. I wasn’t really worried bout the results. I just wanted to be able to surf Kirra one more time in my life with no one out.”

Kelly also made it clear that he’s gunning for a world title this year. No coyness, no uncertainty – he wants it. Is there anything more dangerous? “I’m committed to the tour this year,” he said. “I decided before this contest that I was going for a title. You’ve gotta be careful of that. Sometimes you get a 10 in a heat, and then you lose. That’s kinda how today is. you win the first one but then you can’t take your foot off the gas, you’ve gotta still surf like you’re in second or third and you’re coming from behind. Otherwise you start surfing defensively and you don’t give your best effort. It’s a long year, and we have throwaway events. If I get hurt and have to miss an event… I missed an event last year and who knows what that did? If I’d made the quarters I probably would’ve won the title. It’s just one of those things. I beat Joel twice last year and he still won the title. You can pat yourself on the back all you want for beating a guy, but if you don’t win the title at the end of the year, it doesn’t mean much.”

If you didn’t get to watch it, do yourself a real favour and slide over to the heats on demand. It’s a really fine time. – Elliot Struck

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – 
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.56
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.47

QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: 
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.17 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.80
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.60

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
1. 
Kelly Slater (USA) 10000 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 8000 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6500 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 6500 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5200 pts
5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 5200 pts

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022

16:04

Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022

3:24

While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022

1:38

Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022

Zeke Lau & Bettylou Sakura Johnson Win The Vans US Open Of Surfing 

Hawaii dominates HB.

Aug 8, 2022

How A Former CT Surfer Gets “Absolute Beginners” Barreled In A Matter Of Months

Luke Stedman elaborates on his Blackball surf programs.

Aug 7, 2022

5:50

Sweeter Than Stolen Honey 

A versatile Haydenshapes x Dylan Graves HP (and soft board) tested in weird waves.

Aug 7, 2022

15-Year-Old Ladybird Erin Brooks Makes Final In All-Men’s Tuberiding Event

And Clay Marzo takes the dub.

Aug 6, 2022

Are We Looking At Reef Sculpting The Wrong Way? 

The pros, cons, possibilities, and mechanisms of changing reefs to suit our surfing desires.

Aug 6, 2022

The Gudang Trio Discusses Brotherhood And How To Make It To The Mountain Top Together  

Positive sibling vibrations we should all aspire to.

Aug 6, 2022

9:03

Everyone’s Local Zone Has A Mythical Wave

Kai Lenny, Imaikalani DeVault, Eli Hanneman and friends get to surf theirs.

Aug 5, 2022
Advertisement