Kelly Slater Wins 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters

posted by / ASP, News, Photos / December 14, 2013

CJ Hobgood, moments before he nearly deflated Mick's title hopes. Photo: Sherm

CJ Hobgood, moments before he nearly deflated Mick's title hopes. Photo: Sherm

Shoot for the stars, end up with three world titles. Photo: Sherm

Shoot for the stars, end up with three world titles. Photo: Sherm

Mick Fanning was the warhorse that could. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mick Fanning was the warhorse that could. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mick awaits the controversial score on his last wave, while Parko awaits the chance to hoist his best friend. Both men were satisfied. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mick awaits the controversial score on his last wave, while Parko awaits the chance to hoist his best friend. Both men ended up satisfied. Photo: Corey Wilson

When you can't find Waldo, look for Mick Fanning winning. Photo: Taras

When you give up on finding Waldo, search for Mick Fanning winning. Photo: Taras

This is what you do when you and your best friend trade off winning world titles. Photo: Sherm

This is what you do when you and your best friend trade off winning world titles. Photo: Sherm

Kelly Slater, not even phased. Photo: Sherm

Kelly Slater, not even phased. Photo: Sherm

Kelly is half pig, half dog and fully amazing. Photo: Taras

Kelly is half pig, half dog and fully amazing. Photo: Taras

Kai Otton, wrapping up his best year ever on the 'CT. Photo: Corey Wilson

Kai Otton, wrapping up his best year ever on the 'CT. Photo: Corey Wilson

Julian Wilson plays for the crowd. Photo: Taras

Julian Wilson plays for the crowd. Photo: Taras

John John Florence takes the back route… Photo: Sherm

John John Florence takes the back route… Photo: Sherm

...To Backdoor. Photo: Taras

...To Backdoor. Photo: Taras

Julian Wilson lost to John in the Quarters, but he went down swinging into bowls like this. Photo: Corey Wilson

Julian Wilson lost to John in the Quarters, but he went down swinging into bowls like this. Photo: Corey Wilson

Miguel Pupo re-qualified for the 2014 WCT and had a hell of a time in doing it. Photo: Taras

Miguel Pupo re-qualified for the 2014 WCT and had a hell of a time in doing it. Photo: Taras

Joel Parkinson. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Joel Parkinson. Photo: Brent Bielmann

John John Florence is your 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing champion. Photo: Brent Bielmann

John John Florence, your 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing champion. Photo: Brent Bielmann

The Master. Photo: Corey Wilson

Kelly Slater, the master. Photo: Corey Wilson


 

As of today, Kelly Slater is a 7-time Pipeline Master. He has won 56 events on the WCT, and he nabbed 6 perfect 10s in 2013 alone. But, despite all that, he is still only an 11-time world champion.

Kelly did everything right on the final day of the 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters. The waves were bold and perfect and so was Kelly. He had to win the event to clinch the world title and the beach trembled with hope for the almighty. Walking from house to house along the Pipeline shore, most folks said they were pulling for Kelly to stumble, but privately yearned for him to succeed. Who doesn’t love a fairy tale? However, in the Quarterfinals, Mick controversially eliminated the bald Cinderella’s chance of winning by defeating Yadin Nicol and scalping his third world title. It sparked a debate that will roar into wee hours, and we’ll be discussing that in detail very soon. Down but not defeated by the call, Kelly plowed onward and defeated Sebastian Zietz in the Quarters, Joel Parkinson in the Semis and John John Florence in the Final. It was a bittersweet day for the master.

Speaking of runner-up John John Florence, wow. The kid won his second career Triple Crown today, and he did it with much flair. Blow-tail reverse after coming out of a Pipe bomb? John doesn’t see why not. It’s only a matter of time before he too masters the Pipe, and before he steals Sunny Garcia’s 6 Triple Crown thunder. Fret not, young freak.

And fret not, Kelly Slater fans. It would have been wild to witness him pull it off today, but he’s already saying that losing the title today pissed him off enough to return next year looking for No. 12. After all, the guy is only 41. —Brendan Buckley

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19 Responses to “Kelly Slater Wins 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters”

  1. Mike Anderson says:

    doesn’t get much better than that…

    question, what were Mic and Kelly riding quads? how big were their boards??

  2. Dick Ramming says:

    Go back to the heat replay with head judge Richie Porta http://www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2013/heat-analyzer . Without question Yadin’s wave is more critical. He makes a difficult drop directly into the tube, wrestles the foam ball, waiting in suspense it’s very questionable to everyone watching that he will make the wave…he comes out behind the spit! Mick on the other hand gets a 2nd reef roll-in, does a slow bottom turn and sets up for a wave that is clearly makable. At no point is there a question that he will make the wave (you can see him in the barrel the entire time). He comes out and double fist claims it as if he is Adriano in Rio. The judges gave him the score because they were clearly afraid of the controversy if they didn’t. Kelly Slater, you deserved to win the title in addition to the event. Three wins this year in the events with the heaviest and highest performance surf…JJF, Parko, Fanning…all amazing surfers, but not slater.

  3. steve childers says:

    Yadin, you were hosed

  4. John says:

    Well said Dick. Fanning must have been glad he got thrashed by John John so he wasn’t humiliated by Slater in the finals. Fanning’s wave was way overjudged. Kelly had several waves in his last two heats which were rated lower than Fanning’s 9.7 but which were better and harder to make. The judges knew what Fanning needed and got caight up in the last second emotions of it all. If he had needed a 9.3 they would have given him a 9.5.

  5. Carlos Danger says:

    Webcast was horribly directed. The most famous wave in surfing is pumping and they keep cutting away to shots of tourists on the beach. Set waves are coming through and they break to an interview with GT WHILE GUYS ARE CATCHING WAVES!

  6. Steve says:

    Why do we have to listen to GT at events??

  7. Scooter Ritzert says:

    Dick Rimming…spot on with your comment. Richie Porta calling Micks bottom turn the difference between his wave and Yadins was an insult to anyone with a brain…

  8. shawn says:

    everyones forgetting the mick cj heat! mick did not win that one. micks second wave was a 2.5 for a non special wave he fell on! cj’s second was a throaty barrel he made it out of. it was short and he doggy doored it but how is it a 1 point difference in a wave mick rode and fell on that was nothing special and a tube cj made it out of that was THICK. he didnt win the yadin heat either. look at the 2 best waves from each heat and its beyond obvious mick didnt win. the judges took what should have been the greatest, most exciting day in the history of surfing, and left a sour taste in everyones mouth. im still boiling inside that happened. as surf fans we all deserved so much more. it was a fun day but those judges took away a level of excitement that wouldve had me giggling like a little girl. it was wrong and kelly was robbed. as we all were

  9. shawn says:

    i feel bad for cj, yadin, kelly, and all surf fans who watch this stuff with knowledge and passion. cj, yadin, and kelly got so robbed. but the millions of surf fans watching got robbed of feeling like little kids again. judging ruined what couldve been the most special day in surfing history

  10. anyone says:

    kelly did his job, how gnarly is that? he won a contest to win a world title, but ended ‘just’ winning Pipe…. again.

    mick positioned himself to suceed in a contest he didn’t care to finish. snuck through a couple of heats on the only roll ins of the day.

    yadin deserves a tour spot more than mick deserves a title.

    but the question now looms, is mick equal to andy?

    go on mick, answer that question and why you left a 5 on the board in a semi at perfect Pipe.

  11. Jules says:

    I think that you would have to be an Aussie to consider the outcome fair. If the rides were shuffled and mick got his scoring rides earlier, I have no doubt the outcome would have been different! The judges should be kept in a sound-proof booth with blinkers on! That Mick
    won is an inditement on the system. Second to Kelly would have been the correct result! I am not a yank by the way!

  12. CT says:

    Fanning was over scored twice and they gave him the title. If things where fair, Slater could not have won the title anyway, since he won the contest by being over scored. His 9.87 waves was a sick wave but it was not a difficult wave. The only one shafted was John John who lost by less then half a point after they slowly added up there scores making sure Slater “won”.

  13. Steve says:

    Even though with all the crap. How good did Kelly compose himself. He had one go with his opinion “I didn’t think he got the scores” and left it at that. This is why he is such a champion of champions

  14. anyone says:

    kelly did his job, how gnarly is that? he won a contest to win a world title, but ended ‘just’ winning Pipe…. again.

    mick positioned himself to suceed in a contest he didn’t care to finish. snuck through a couple of heats on the only roll ins of the day.

    yadin deserves a tour spot more than mick deserves a title.

    but the question now looms, is mick equal to andy?

    go on mick, answer that question and why you left a 5 on the board in a semi at perfect Pipe.

  15. Bleech says:

    Yeah sure guys, we all saw it and reckon Mick’s wave in the quarter wasn’t as critical as Yadin’s. We also saw Mick make the best of what was sent to him at the end of the heat and deliberately put himself in the most critical position he could. Is it totally up to the wave to create the opportunity for the surfer or does the surfer have a say in it? And as for Kelly: ‘Shhhh!’ You’re obviously the best competitive surfer ever, but have you not noticed the multiple times the judges have sent early Christmas presents YOUR way?

  16. Mike Anderson says:

    O the judges spread the wealth nicely didn’t they ? Mic titel, JJF triple crown and KS Pipe Masters…who cares about Yaden and CJ.. After all this is Surfing…
    It’s all about the big names right?

  17. CC says:

    Regardless of the scores two major points are being missed. Both CJ & Yadin were leading their heats with less than 5 minutes to go AND had priority. Both took off on questionable mediocre waves that had no chance of bettering their situation. As pros they BOTH should have sat on Mick and waited for the wave Mick caught. THEY blew it, not the judges. When you leave it to them odds are in a champs favor every time… they both should have and could have left NOTHING to judge. If I was Kelly I’d be more upset with their inept tactical knowledge in crucial situations… but he knows when you need assistance from another to accomplish your goals there is a good chance you will not succeed. He gave massive props to Mick as they were deserved.

  18. Yang says:

    Kelly is King, no doubt about it, but he also knows down deep he could have won the title the last two years if he had really wanted it. Last year he claimed to be injured so he sat out Brazil. Who blames him, but if he had surfed in Rio he would have won the title.This year he lost in some early rounds and you could see his heart wasn’t into it. It’s quite normal, he has won so much he needs to feel the heat, the pressure, of other surfers or of a great wave, which is why he usually wins in the big name surf venues like JBay, Snappers, Bells, Teahupoo, Pipe…Not to sound dramatic or anything but we should all give thanks we lived and surfed at a time to see a legend perform his magic, year after year. Glad he’ll be back mext year and I think he has his apetite back. He might just set a record for wins in a year which would also be a nice way to make an exit if he wants to start giving a chance to other surfers.

  19. phil says:

    As surfing is subjective it’s really in the eye of the beholder ,which is why there is a year of contests and not only 1 .Kelly himself said that consistency wins a world title and he made mistakes.Having said that I watched MIcks wave and Yadins wave 4 times,I think it was all in the set up on Micks wave,he did something different.Give MIck his just deserves,he is the champ

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