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Throughout his career Kelly's ability to raise his game, compete and beat the 'nu skool' whomever they may be came together in the heat of his life. What else do you expect? Kelly to fall over the line by lucky chance or to use the momentum of the occasion to drive himself forwards? He must be glad the breakaway tour never happened as it would have robbed him of this large slice of surfing history. Quiksilver his sponsors for his whole career are several million dollars less well off than they were yesterday and probably more than happy to part with the cash. Stand up and take a bow Kelly the surf world salutes you. What a way to finish the year. Is this the end for the ultimate competitor? Not a chance.© 2014 ASP/Cestari
Juxtapose this triumph against a world tour still mourning the loss of a great, Andy Irons, whose untimely departure still hangs heavy in the air, celebrations will be inevitably muted. There is no doubt a horrific crash of coincidence that Kelly reaches his career zenith at the point at which his greatest rival lost the ultimate battle. This event and Kelly's final title will always be remembered in tandem with Andy. His career was often defined by Andy and with their epic battles already writ large in surfing lore, the the intertwined nature of their relationship continues into posterity. "I want to dedicate this to Andy. If he hadn't been here I would never to stood here now." Said Kelly after his win.© 2014 ASP/Kirstin
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith
Local Canarian, Lazi Ruedegger, finds some golden moments between the storms.
Nelscott Reef will today host the fifth stop of the Big Wave World Tour, kicking off with a women's superheat.
The European Association of Surfing Doctors announces its third annual conference, to be held at Mullaghmore on September 9.