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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
Three months of non stop storms ended abruptly in Les Landes on Thursday.
Skeleton Bay providing the implausibly long tunnels for which it is known.
Meet Lydia 14 ft 6 inches (4.4 metres) of great white shark weighing approximately 2000 lbs and the first white shark to be documented at the the Atlantic Ridge.
A team of 15 young UK surfers have been selected to surf the ISA Junior Championships at Salinas, Ecuador.
Paddling the Slave at Mullaghmore, breaking egos and avoiding the vortex.