Ba11s Up

IT went a little something this, "what the", "you're kidding", "no way" ... turns out Kelly Slater isn't ASP World Champion just yet.

Ever the showman he blew the lid himself on Twitter, messaging the ASP:

"I'm not joking. I have not won the world title yet. I still have to win another heat! Give those shirts and hats back!"

And then:

"Hang on to that KS10 gear if you have some…just in case. Haha."

Cue what might reasonably be assumed as a slight kerfuffle at ASP HQ, the exchange of a blue word or two and the admirably swift admission of a mathematical boo boo.

"The ASP has admitted that, due to a calculation error within its rankings' system, the 2011 ASP World Title has yet to be officially decided and that Kelly Slater (USA), 39, was prematurely awarded his 11th ASP World Title on Tuesday."

"Our rankings' system is designed to split tie-breaks based off of seed points," Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. "Kelly (Slater) and Owen (Wright) tied at best nine of 11 results, so we went to best eight of 11 results and the system gave it to Kelly based off his higher seed position. We were operating under that assumption and created the ASP World Title scenarios based off of that. This was a mistake. In the end, we're responsible for this and should be held accountable. We apologize to our fans, the surfers and to Owen and Kelly."

"Moving forward, Slater must win one more heat, either at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco or at the following event at Pipeline in Hawaii to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. For Wright to remain in the hunt, he must win both the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco and the following event at Pipeline in Hawaii."

So, mathematically at least, there's still life in the title race... Anyone got a spare calculator?


Ed Temperley

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