The 2013 Quik Pro Champion, Kelly Slater, on…
…winning the first event of the year:
I mean, they’re all equally important. It seems like sometimes, with the way the momentum goes and stuff, maybe it’s more important to win them at certain parts of the year. But at the beginning, you just want to get a fast start, and then see where everyone sets up.
The top-3 seeds got 1, 2, 3, and then Michel [Bourez] got in there with a good result. I knew that if I was going to get this far, I was expecting to surf against Joel and Mick to get there. You know, we’ve got a little bit of a head start I guess, now that John John [Florence] and Gabe [Medina] got hurt. But it’s a long year. A lot of things can happen, we could all get hurt, we could have a string of bad results, you never know. It was just fun today. I really wanted to surf Kirra.
…going into Finals day at Kirra:
I felt really relaxed. I was a little stressed earlier in the week, but I knew I was going have to be relaxed today to get past Mick, and get past Joel. No one could seem to stop this bastard [Parko]. It was great, it was a tough week for [Contest Director] Jake Patterson making the calls on where to surf, he’s got every one of us in his ear. And I think he, being on the other side of it, realizes how hard it is to be a contest director.
And then it comes down to the last day, and we get Kirra. It was epic. This has been my favorite spot since I was a little kid. I got to surf here when I was 15 years old, so it brings back a lot of good memories every time I get a good wave out here. I know it’s obviously Joel and Mick’s favorite wave, but what a day.
…a 2013 World Title hunt:
I’m committed to the Tour this year; I’ll just put my best effort in and see what happens. I’ve been sort of half-in, half-out for a lot of years, something about it seems to take the pressure off of me or something, and also I’m not as totally prepared as I should be, but yeah I want to be prepared and give it a go [in 2013]. I feel good, and you know…it’s fun.
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