‘King Kelly’ Defends Gold Coast Crown

Kelly Slater will compete for thirteen World Titles. Image courtesy of: AFP
'King' Kelly Slater can create surfing history on the Gold Coast. Image courtesy of: AFP
Kelly Slater has regularly done what no other surfer has, including win the ASP World Tour a record 11–times. Again this weekend, the 42-year-old American is chasing history. ‘King Kelly’ wants to become the first surfer to successfully defend the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast title, even though he’s won the event four times (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013).

But he’ll face stiff opposition in the first event on the revamped, 11-stop ASP Tour. There are three other multiple Gold Coast Pro winners in the field – Joel Parkinson (2002, 2009), Mick Fanning (2005, 2007) and Taj Burrow (2010, 2012). Kelly and this elite Aussie trio will be looking to kick-off their 2014 title campaigns in style, after a 76-day break from competition. Fanning’s ultimate goal is to defend his world crown.

Other contenders include; Julian Wilson (world number 6 in 2013), Jordy Smith (world number 4 in 2013), and talented Brazilian Adriano DeSouza . The field also boasts some long-shots with definite claims, if they bring their ‘A-games’. Look out for Filipe Toledo , Adam Melling , Kolohe Andino , Nat Young and Adrian Buchan to do some damage in the heats, especially if Snapper Rocks produces some legendary right walls or Kirra throws up its much-loved thick barrels.

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