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Kelly Slater gewinnt Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016 vor John John Florence

Kelly Slater ist zurück. Das hat er gestern im Finale und auch schon in den vorherigen Heats während des Billabong Pro Tahiti bewiesen.

Im großen Showdown gegen John John Florence musste er alles auspacken, um gegen das Ausnahmetalent von der North Shore bestehen zu können.  Insgesamt wurden 35 Barrels von den beiden Finalisten an diesem einen Tag gescored. Für Kelly war es bereits der fünfte Sieg in Tahiti: 2000, 2003, 2005, 2011 und nun 2016. Doch dieses Jahr war es ein ganz besonderer für den King. 

“When I look back that will for sure be one of the best wins I have ever had. To have John John [Florence] in the Final is a dream for me. It is no secret that I am towards the tail-end of my career. John John and Gabriel [Medina] are on their way up and those guys are just monsters. John John is all of our favorite surfers, so I want to see how many heats I can get with him before I am done and to have him out here where he and Gabriel are the favorites. This is a really special time for me. I am stoked.” so Kelly nach dem Sieg

Ganz nebenbei schaffte Slater den fast unmöglichen Heat- Score einer “Perfect 20” in Runde 5 gegen Keanu Asing. Das gab es in den letzten 40 Jahren insgesamt nur neun Mal.

Wie man sieht, braucht es nicht immer die heftigsten Bedingungen, um Rekorde einzufahren.

Hier alle Ergebnisse:

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI FINAL RESULTS:
1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 19.67
2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.23

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: 
Kelly Slater (USA) 18.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.10
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 19.66 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.23

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: 
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.16 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.00
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.27 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 17.43
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.90 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.40
QF 4: John John Florence (HAW) 17.34 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: 
Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.60
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20.00 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.70
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.43 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.33
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.90

2016 WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (after Billabong Pro Tahiti):
1. John John Florence (HAW) 39,900 pts
2. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,000 pts
3. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 35,700 pts
4. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 26,200 pts
5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 25,200 pts

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