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Final Quiksilver Pro NY 2011 Owen Wrights Revenge

By Andrew Berlin, Correspondent Long Beach
photos by Brian Bohlman and quicksilver

Owen Wright

Yesterday was one of those days where you turn to your wife and say "honey the kids are staying home from school", and by the looks of things on the beach either the unemployment rate is very high or a lot of people called in sick to work. Either way you did not want to miss the action.

Kelly Slater in a barrel

Kelly Slater picks up his broken board as he watches the championship slip away

Quarter finals started at 8am on Friday sep 9th with Taj Burrow (Aus) on perfect peeling 8 foot faces and throwing spray twice as high like fireworks in the sky as the crowd of 30,000 cheered every wave.  Burrow advanced to the semi finals by beating Jadson Andre (Brasil).  Josh Kerr (USA) matched up against Kelly Slater but, he couldn’t beat Slater this time as he did on round 4 last Wednesday 8th.  Slater impressed the crowd and tucked into barrels, yes barrels here in New York, and squeaked out a win against Kerr by 0.5 points.

Meanwhile Alejo Muniz (Brasil) won his match against Heitor Alves (Brasil) and Owen Wright (Aus) beat out Julian Wilson (Aus) sending Muniz and Wright into a semi final showdown where Wright made quick work of Muniz. 

Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater met in the semi finals as well and this is where Slater had his best round taking one wave after the other, squeezing all the way until the end and finally, withing a few minutes before the heat finish, he boosted a huge no grab 360 air to land the only perfect 10 in the contest. The crowd went wild when they heard the score, the favorite Slater was on a roll and we were staring at a rematch from Tahiti: Owen Wright and Kelly Slater again in the finals.  

Wright, the goofy footer, picked off long lefts scoring a 2 wave culmination of 17.90.  He had been showing all through the contest high level of surf, always impeccable, and showing his own style. By the end of the final, Slater found himself far behind in points compiling a 2 wave total of 14.53.  not enough to catch Wright. 
 When it was over it was the 21 year old Australian Owen Wright holding the $300,000 check above his head as Slater showered the young star in champagne.  



Katia’s charm
Quiksilver could not have hoped for Katia’s swell to behave any better, starting small in round 1 and finishing up in the finals with the swell at its peak is as perfect as it gets. And in exchange, they received the largest crowd ever to cheer on a surf contest. Jet ski's would bring the surfers back to the lineup after completing a wave, passing in front of all the fans who were spilling into the water arms raised cheering as the surfers cheered back on the way to their next wave. 

"Gopro" had parachuters jumping from helicopterin between the semifinals and the finals on September 9th in Long Beach.
Photo credit Quicksilver

Photo credit Quicksilver

Owen Wright flying. Photo credit Quicksilver


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