The Moment When Kelly Slater Smashing His Board


When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing he was out of the hunt for the title, destroyed his board, fracturing it into three pieces. He gave the hunks of twisted foam to the local groms, garnered his composure, and conducted his post-heat interview without breaking a sweat.

In a new amateur video that’s making the Internet rounds, Slater, who’s normally as laid back as you’d except a highly paid pro surfer to be, breaks his board angrily and thinking he was out of the world title race


Turns out, he wasn’t, and to be fair, the board was already creased. Says Slater: “I thought I was out, so I broke my board into three pieces and gave it away.” He compares his behavior to being a rock star who smashes their guitar.
If you’re interested in his explanation of the incident, watch the video below.



According to the ASP, the world title race scenarios are as follows:
If Gabriel Medina finishes second or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP world title.
If Medina finishes third at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Mick Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes fifth at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes ninth at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish second or better and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish third to win or fifth to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

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