10 Time World Champion Kelly Slater
started out the semi’s with command and a serious message to his talented competition by paddle blocking and muscling to take the first wave of the heat. Kelly’s wave decision and consistent wave riding displayed his endurance, readiness, capabilities, and determination to compete with 100% mind and body focused on competing to the highest abilities. All day Kelly displayed no hesitation or lack of focus towards his business. And at the same time he respected and rewarded the crowds by his solid surfing action.
The photos below attempt to capture Kelly’s loyalty to the surfing industry, fans, as well as his astonishment and euphoria that he was Victorious in HB. The picture of Kelly Slater on the Pier TV was taken immediately after the final heat ended and his Victory was announced. It shows a gentle, playful, and joyous Kelly Slater soaking in his 2011 US Open Victory.