By Andrea Swayne
The Hurley Pro Trestles on Thursday crowned Kelly Slater (Florida) the champion and recipient of the $100,000 top prize.
The win moves Slater up from number four to number three on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Title ranks.
Slater drew first blood in the final against Australian Joel Parkinson, posting a 6.77 (out of 10) less than a minute into the heat.
Parkinson responded with two waves that brought him to within 2.12 points of catching Slater, but that is as close as he would get for the remainder of the heat.
Slater unleashed a string of good scores that left Parkinson trailing by between 6.83 and 9.83 points until the final buzzer.
With a two-wave score of 16.50 to Parkinson’s 14.0, Slater claimed the win—his 50th ASP World Championship Tour career victory.
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