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Kelly vs Mick
Publicerad söndag 11 april 2010 av RedaxInnehåll / Filmer

It was a final littered with fumbles, falls, and fails, but Kelly Slater was able to ride away from an impossible alley oop to edge Mick Fanning in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2010 at Johanna. It is his fourth Bells win and he has tied Mark Richards‘ all-time Bells win record.

“Actually I was so frustrated with myself,” Slater said on the podium. “I kept slippin’. I noticed that it had moved a little wider. We ended up paddling in way deep. I fell on a couple, bounced on a couple. Misjudged a couple. I had to yell at myself in the water. That water photographer probably thought I was yelling at him. On that wave, I don’t even know what I did, but I saw the close out coming and I knew I had to do an air, but it wasn’t right for a reverse so i thought I’d just throw an alley oop.”

Slater threw the alley oop and then completely disappeared into the foam. We all thought he was down, but then like a jack-in-the-wash he sprang to his feet, on his board, and surfed away.

“I was actually on my butt,” he said about the landing. If the foam hadn’t hidden everything we’re sure it would not have looked as pretty as it did.

Mick Fanning, who scored first with a 7.17 for a nice speedy floater, some cutbacks, and a slam, was obviously bummed with the small bell. “It was great to get back in the mix,” he said. “But I was hoping for the big trophy. I just want to say thanks for everyone who came down.”

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