Photos: Steve Sherman
Kelly Slater convincingly won his Round 1 heat in Puerto Rico today to move him a step closer to winning his 10th world title. His only remaining rival, Jordy Smith, also won and both will surf again next in Round 3. Kelly can clinch #10 by making it to the semi finals at this event. Here’s what Kelly had to say after his heat:
“I actually felt a little jittery out there at the start,” Slater said. “I kind of found my feet towards the end and I feel a lot better now that I’m straight into Round 3. I have a really good support crew here. My girlfriend Kalani, my manager Terry and publicist Shelby are flying in. I flew Mark Cunningham over from Hawaii because he’s never seen me at a contest and I told him he had to come. I’ve seen a bunch of old friends from here and Florida and I have friends coming in from Barbados. I’m really thankful for all the support.”
Quiksilver surfers Dane Reynolds and Jeremy Flores also won their Round 1 heats to advance to Round 3 while Fred Patacchia and Travis Logie did not and will surf next in Round 2.