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

Kelly Slater Wins 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters

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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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