15.Dezember 2013 – Zum siebten Mal gewann Kelly Slater die Billabong Pipe Masters in Gedenken an Andy Irons.Nach dem Halbfinale gegen den Australier Joel Parkinson erwischte Kelly die besseren Wellen und konnte somit ins Finale einziehen. In diesem traf er dann John John Florence an der North Shore, was Kelly selbst sehr erfreute. “Last year, someone asked me what excited me in the end years of my career and I said I would like to surf a Final at Pipe against John John (Florence) so that’s pretty special today,”so Kelly. In einem packenden Finale gegen John John Florence in Oahu, Hawaii holte sich der 41 jährige Champion in einer 4 Meter großen Welle die Krone.
“It was a strange Final,” so Slater. “John John (Florence) and I both waited for a while and neither of us really got a score until late in the match. I knew it was going to be a sprint and it was probably a little advantageous not to have priority in the Final as I was able to go for a lot of waves instead of wait for those that took a while to eventuate.”
Nach dem tragischen Tod vom 3-maligen Pipe Master Andy Irons im Jahr 2010 war auch der Spirit in diesem Jahr unter den Surffans. Mit einer nie dagewesenen Anzahl an Publikum, war selbst Kelly über so einen Ansturm am Strand erstaunt. “I’ve never put myself in the same circles as Tom Curren and Andy Irons,”meinte Mick Fanning. “Tom (Curren) is such an enigma and was so instrumental to injecting style into our sport. Andy (Irons)…what hasn’t been said about Andy? He was such a legend and he was such a good friend. I’m honored to be a part of this group. I was happy with one title and I was overwhelmed with two. With three? I don’t have words for that.”
Der Gewinn der Billabong Pipe Masters ist für Slater ein einscheneidendes Erlebnis in seinem Leben und das obwohl er sich nicht den Titel des ASP World Champion 2013 holen konnte. Doch Kelly ist stolz und meinte:<p>“Today was one of the most special days in my life. It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year,“ so Slater.
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.37
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 15.90
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 5.00
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.63 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.84
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.03 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.90
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.00
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.80 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.80
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.00
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.50
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.67 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.26
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 4.33
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.76
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