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Ian Cairns on Slater's Tenth World Title

| posted on October 19, 2010

With a win at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal and a commanding lead over World No. 2 Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater is closing in on his unprecedented 10th World Title. Grind TV’s Chris Mauro and Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team Ian Cairns breakdown Kelly’s run thus far and what to expect beyond the Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico.

  • King Kelly

    Surpassing Kelly? Whatever. Maybe in silly tricks. Kelly has what none of these “The Next Kelly Slater” has…. MAGIC. Great to see all the new guys but its just not the same. Love him or hate him, Kelly’s got something none other ever has or will have. Every surfer from Kelly’s 10th and beyond will always be compared to the King.

  • Erik

    WoW. Ian is on the money. So well said.
    Kelly is SURFING GREAT, THE GUY IS THE BEST!!! …But in some heats Jordy and Dane go off like crazy. But they can’t seem to “pull it off for the whole event, (yet). Kelly is surfing insane and deserves that NUMBER 10!!! WHY IS NO ONE ASKING THE $10 MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION? WILL SLATER GET THAT $10 MILLION DOLLARS FROM QUIKSILVER? He deserves every dime of it.
    Also, Kelly seems to be surfing very, very progressive in the last 2 events. Even his tube riding in France was way, way ahead of the game. That said, after number 10, it may be time to retire (from full time competition.)
    Kelly has been great for our sport. GO KELLY!!!

  • Christian

    “KING KELLY” ha ha ha, does have a point. Kelly does have the “magic”.
    Also, many of the “new” Australian surfers don’t seem to have great styles. Yes, they have the moves {TRICKS} down, but sometimes what happens before the trick, looks not so good. Owen rips, but his style may need to improve a bit. Same with Dane, he’s one of my top five surfers, but sometimes the style between the “tricks” looks not always so good.
    That said, JORDY does all the tricks, and has a very clean and powerful style. Jordy surfs like a CHAMP! Taj, what a great trick surfer, world champ? I don’t know. I hope Parko comes back and EARNS one soon, he deserves a tittle. Parko has a very clean style, and also pulls off most all of the tricks.
    For now, GO KELLY! ALMOST 40 AND SURFING BETTER THEN EVER. IT THE RUMOR IS TRUE, KELLY DESERVES THAT $10 MILLIONS FROM QUIKSILVER, Kelly is KING!

  • Hector

    Under Ian Cairn’s definition, Christian Fletcher has probably been a better surfer over the last 20 years than Slater.

    Get a grip, dude. I don’t know what you’ve got against Kelly. Maybe it’s because he’s prevented 10 Aussies from winning titles over his career, but it’s abundantly clear to mass viewing public that Kelly has OWNED it this year, as he has the past 2 decades. Even Ian’s old brethren, the Aussie media, will concede that fact. If you read Tracks, ASL, Waves, etc . – they’ll all pretty much admit Kelly is the best and shower him with nothing but praise.

    Not Ian. Something is stuck up his craw. Kelly probably didn’t kiss his arse when he was 18 or something and wanted to “coach” him or something. Seems he did just fine on his own.

    If it were all airs, Josh Kerr would have won the title about 5 times already. It’s EVERYTHING, Ian. Kelly’s style, flair, power, speed, and the absolute well-roundedness of his repertoire are second to none. He’s only saying Dane is the best right now because he has one more trait that you yourself do not: humility.

  • http://www.yankaus.com Mik

    Jordy’s clapping after a small air was ridiculous. He doesn’t need to do that kind of Davo stuff. Just surf Jordy. Don’t gripe. Also Kai Otton is the only surfer who surfs as consistently electric as Kelly, on the wave face. Once he adds some air consistency, he goes to the top 5 if the judges are still valuing radical quick inventive carves. And Ian does need to face the fact that he’s not an Aussie anymore. He’s an American immigrant. Let go of the bias. Or is it just me?

  • http://www.yankaus.com Mik

    Kelly surfs with so much more awareness than everyone else. It is awesome to see his approach to whatever waves he surfs. Congrats Kelly.

  • dave

    In addition to this video, I regularly follow Cairns other musings including his power rankings on Surfline. While his criticism of Slater has been consistent, his prediction that one of the Aussies, Jordy or Dane would win the whole thing this year have been way off. Demeaning Slater’s airs as old school is ridiculous. He has coonsoistently landed huige, difficult maneuvors at critical points in the contests, whether it be the final at Bells (which he also did 2 years agao against Bede) or the semis in Portgual. His barrel riding in France was unmatched and, except for andy when he is on, is unmatched at any venue. I think the most damning crtcism of Cairns is the words of Ace Buchan and many of the other competitors; they believe Kelly regularly gets underscored, as he did the last two years at JBay. Bottom line is that he wins and, in this system, winning means he is the best.

  • terry

    CAIRNS IS A GAS BAG… HE SOLD OUT YEARS AGO AND HAS KEPT HIS FINGER IN THE FEEDING TROUGH EVER SINCE, GETTING AN AN OPINION FROM HIM CARRIES NO MORE WEIGHT THEN ANY JOE AVERAGE ON ANY BEACH… ANYWHERE. THERE ARE GUYS ALL OVER THE PLANET ON ANY GIVEN DAY THAT ARE DOING INSANE SHIT….. THOSE ARE THE REAL CONTESTS. THE REST IS AN ARENA THAT HAS CONSTRAINTS… CONSISTENCY WILL WIN AN EVENT…. THAT IS THE REALITY OF CONTESTS. KELLY HAS THAT… THE NEW GUYS ARE INSANELY GOOD BUT CHOKE WHEN IT MATTERS. TIME AND MATURITY WILL CHANGE THAT.
    OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN FREAKS OF NATURE THAT STAND OUT… GUYS THAT HAVE SO MUCH ABILITY AND ARE SO FAR AHEAD OF THE NORM… THOSE GUYS OR GIRLS WILL BE REMEMBERED………… IAN WHO???

  • Jeremy

    Jordy has a terrible style

  • Christian

    Well, I think Ian is a great. I don’t agree with his (opinion) 100 percent on Kelly, but some of what he has said has some truth to it.
    Kelly is surfing insane and he is pulling off the “new school” moves. Kelly deserves the title again this year, he is surfing better then ever.
    Ian is full of it on his ill conceived opinion on Kelly’s surfing in Portugal. “Kelly was not the best surfer in Portugal.” Ian, is your statement really good for PRO surfing??? I respect Ian and all that he has done for surfing, but come on. …Look, Owen is a very futuristic surfer, the guy rips, but his style is not very pleasing to watch. That’s just my opinion, I do think his tricks are amazing, and the photo’s he gets are incredible. Jordy? Ian is right on the money, Jordy has the style, talent and passion to be a Surfing World Champ! He is an incredible surfer and is one of the best TOP 5 COMPETITIVE SURFERS IN THE WORLD!!!
    So, Go KELLY!!! He is amazing and he deserves number 10!!! …Also, what about that $$$10 MILLION From Quiksilver??? …He deserves that extra money!!!!

  • Michael

    Here is a simple question to ask yourself: would Dane, Jordy, Owen, or anyone else on the tour for that matter be able to pull out of the wave Slater got a 10 on in France?

    Also, Ian, have you tried doing remotely “new school” without grabbing a rail? Try a frontside 360 air at an overhead beach break without grabbing a rail and see how consistently you pull it. Christ, I’ve been inches from Simpo trying “old-school’ alley-oops at the pier and he comes no where the consistency, style, or level of Slater–and this is free surfing we are talking about, not the quarters of an ASP tournament.

    My advice to you Ian is that you take your tired head out of that tight ass of yours and give the man the respect he deserves.

  • zach

    I was in El Salvador in the mid ’70′s when filming for Big Wednesday brought Cairns, Lopez, Townend, and all the rest, in a failed attempt to make Punta Roca or Zunzals look like Malibu.

    Except for Greenough (joining us on highway overlooking Zunzals for evening “smoke”) they are all blow-hards.

    Self-centered spoiled babiies. That was 30 years ago. IMAGINE !

    Rabbit, Ian, and most Aussies SUCK !!!

  • terry

    SO I GUESS YOU ARENT GOING TO MAKE IT TO HIS INDUCTION IN THE SURFING HALL OF FAME……..OR THE WALK OF SHAME OR WHATEVER THEY CALL IT

  • Ben

    Ian Cairns’ analysis is so grossly incorrect I feel compelled to inquire A) what is he smoking? and B) Where can I get some? To even suggest that some arm-flapping, one-air performing kook like Jadson is somehow part of a generation which surpasses Kelly’s abilities is utterly stupid. Nobody surfs better than Slater, period. Still. Watch his bottom turns; nobody else can come close. Watch his tube riding, nobody else, except perhaps AI can come close. With airs, that “old school” alley oop which Kanga chooses to inexplicably deride just so happens to be the best air done all year. Yes, Dane and Jordy alone have done better airs, but they are incomplete surfers compared to the King. Kanga, you need to be put out to pasture. The game is now obviously beyond your understanding.

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