Slater shows Parko he's ready to steal back the surf crown
11-TIME ASP World Champion Kelly Slater has claimed the 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in firing barrels at Kirra over reigning champion Joel Parkinson.
The opening stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, the Quiksilver Pro culminated in fine fashion today with a tube-riding shootout between two of the sport's greatest champions.
Slater and Parkinson opened their 40-minute Final bout with a rapid-fire exchange of tube-riding displays, vaulting the lead back and forth before Slater nailed a 9.93 for an incredibly-deep barrel punctuated by a full-velocity forehand gaff.
"It was just fun today," Slater said.
"I really wanted to surf Kirra as I made known the other day and it was great fun out there. We thought the swell was going to be too East, but it's really really good out there and to get to surf it with Joel (Parkinson) is even better. He's one of the best and we had a lot of fun out there."