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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
It may be too late for the ASP Big Wave World Tour, but Dungeons lit up.
Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.