Bede versus Kelly in the final as the waves dropped in quality how could Bede stand in the way of a golden stamp on Kelly's day? Slater had obviously not been supping too much bubbly in the heat break and took to his task of beating Bede with the same zeal he's applied across his long career.
The Slaternator nailed the point home with a 10 pointer to mark 10 titles with a couple of massive turns and a massive punt. So that was it, an exclamation mark on an unparalleled year and career. You ever seen him fall out of a bar with a powdered nose and a hooker under his arm? No you haven't but he'd probably be the best at that too.
Stefan Everts might have won 10 world championships in motocross -- but call us prejudiced -- doing it in surfing is pretty much unbelievable. Kelly now stands proud with every sporting great, Ali, Jordan? The list is short and the comparison subjective. For two decades Kelly has dominated a tough physical sport, bent all to his will and charmed the rest.
Can he do 11? All the signs are that golf and the Big Wave World Tour are beckoning. All we know is that you haven't heard the last of him.