Although Mick Fanning’s home break is Snapper Rocks, the reigning 2007 world champ could not eek out a win over eight-time former ASP world champion Kelly Slater, who is once again ranked No. 1 in the world after winning the Quiksilver Pro Tuesday on the Gold Coast.
Claiming his second Quiksilver Pro, Slater has positioned himself at the top of the contest rating for the first time since his last ASP World Crown in 2006, according to a press release issued Tuesday, March 4.
“It’s really satisfying,” Slater said. “I didn’t feel like I really got into motion last year. Obviously Trestles was good with a win, but the end of the year was pretty lackluster for me. Even getting into the Quarters today I was thinking, ‘This is the best result I’ve had in six months’ It just felt great.”
Slater and Fanning have now met in ASP competition nine times; Slater leads the exchange 5 to 4. Notably, previous to his win today, Slater had not beat Fanning since 2003. Both surfers have now won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast twice – Fanning in 2005 and 2007 and Slater in 2006 and 2008.
“Mick is definitely the best competitor in the world right now,” Slater said. “He makes very few mistakes and surfs the face of the wave real well time and again. He’s one of those rare guys who can come from behind or take control from the front and pull out the big manoeuvres to get the big scores when he needs to.”
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