By Shane Saroya – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater won the Volcom Pipe Pro surfing contest on the Banzai Pipeline of Oahu’s North Shore in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kelly Slater, an American professional surfer known for his competitive skill and style, is crowned World Surf League Champion, an eleven-time record, including five consecutive titles.
The US surfer, who celebrates his 44th birthday, next week, took his first win in two years halfway through the 30-minute final, as all contestants enjoyed fine, eight to 12 foot waves on the reef.
Slater was given top scores of 8.73 and 7.83 for his win.
Slater said he was relieved to have taken another win after such a long drought.
The event was a qualifier for this season’s World Surf League which starts next month on the Gold Coast, Australia.