Kelly Slater Close to 12th ASP World Title in Billabong Pipeline Masters Finale

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Kelly Slater Close to 12th ASP World Title in Billabong Pipeline Masters Finale
Kelly Slater accepting his 11th ASP World Title trophy. Is number 12 in the near future? Photo courtesy ASP/Kirstin

As the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour heads to the North Shore of Oahu to wrap up the 2012 season via the Billabong Pipeline Masters, 41-year-old 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater is on the precipice of winning another ASP World Title. 

Granted, he is currently second place in the standings behind Australian Joel Parkinson by 3,200 points. Joel tends to surf the Triple Crown extremely well, and he has won three in a row from 2008 to 2010. But consider that Parkinson has crumbled in this position before, having lost a lead at Pipeline when all he needed to do was win.

And of course, Kelly has played the spoiler before. He has had a knack for always winning those close battles throughout his career. Despite his denying it, Slater does play head games with other competitors, and he will do what it takes to win. Plus, he has won the Pipe Masters event six times in his career—the most won by any surfer. 

Four mathematical scenarios have been tallied by the ASP with regard to the World Title. Australian Mick Fanning, who is third in the rankings, is also still in contention. The scenarios are as follows:

 

Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters

- Slater needs fifth place or better to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
- Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

 

The 2012 Vans Triple Crown kicks off soon.

Parkinson finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters

- Slater needs to place third or better to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
- Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters

- Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
- Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.

 

If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World Title

Now all we can do is wait. The stage is set for the annual flocking of the surf world to North Shore, Oahu. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing kicks off on November 12 with the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. Following the Reef Hawaiian Pro is the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach starting November 25. The Triple Crown will then commence with the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons on December 8. 

Stay tuned to my feed for full coverage of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, as well as the ASP World Title race. 

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