Photos By Steve Sherman
Before the final, Kelly came up to Taj and said, “40 minutes, right?” An obvious psyche out referring to the Hurley Pro of a few years ago when Kelly beat Taj in the last minute of a final that had five extra minutes added due to inconsistent surf. Always plotting.
This is the first turn of Kelly's first wave in the semis against Tiago Pires. "We just knew it right there, he was on," said Sherm.
Kelly had said Matt Wilkinson's rodeo-almost was one of the best things he's seen in competition. He was so inspired he tried his own holy-shit maneuver in the semis, this almost mute alley oop. Two heavy almosts from the Quik Pro Gold Coast.
Just when you thought this couldn't get any more impressive....Kelly Slater, his 46th elite tour win.
Kelly holding up his new Semi-Pro. According to CI's Travis Lee, Kelly was planning to ride his yellowed board from Puerto Rico but Travis got him to go for this new version. It got rave reviews.
Taj kept yelling, "You're killing it Sherm!" which of course he was. Pottz, Kelly, Taj and Tom Carroll.
Sherm said this is the first time he's seen Kelly during his pre-heat breathing. "He basically stacks his lungs with oxygen for two minutes before the heat." Take notes, kids.
On their way to Neverland nightclub, the guy on the right, a local cop named Pelican, gives Kelly the royal treatment.