Kelly Slater claims Quicksilver Pro France for the first time!
Kelly Slater (USA), 40, reigning 11-time ASP World Champion, claimed his 51st elite tour victory today, besting Quiksilver’s wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA), 27, in a hard-fought Final to take out the Quiksilver Pro France. 20 years after his first professional win held in France, Kelly Slater adds the Quiksilver Pro France to his impressive list of achievements. Kelly got the trophy from 5 time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in front of an amazing crowd.
Today marks Slater’s third win of the 2012 season (Fiji, Trestles, France) and vaults him up to 2nd on the ASP WCT rankings, well within striking distance of ASP World Title No. 12 with three events remaining this year.
“When you start working the numbers a little bit, I got that 500 pointer and a 13th, two bad results, already,” Slater said. “Parko (Joel Parkinson) is sitting on a 9th and a 5th. If I couldn’t get past Parko today, it would have put a lot of pressure on me, but this has now put the pressure back on Mick (Fanning) because Parko, John John (Florence) and I did well here at this event.”
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