Kelly Slater Falls Short In Corona Bali Protected Semifinal To Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi
By Space Coast Daily // May 25, 2019
Slater seeking his 12th Title
KERAMAS • BALI • INDONESIA – Kelly Slater fell short in the semifinal of the Corona Bali Protected to Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi on Friday.
Slater, a Cocoa Beach native, was a heavy favorite against the 21-year-old Igarashi who was seeking his first championship win.
After defeating Slater 15.07-13.84, Igarashi advanced to the final and defeated Jeremy Flores to become the first Japanese surfer to win a CT event.
Despite Slater’s third place finish, the 47-year-old looks to be in championship form in what is his final year of tour competition after he announced he would be retiring from the tour championship at the end of 2019.
Slater will have a quick turnaround as he prepares for the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia on Wednesday.
Coverage of the Margaret River Pro can be seen on Space Coast Daily.
ABOVE VIDEO: The 47-year-old Slater, who graduated from Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr. High School in 1991, has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times, including five consecutive titles from 1994–1998, and was not only the youngest title-holder in ’92, but also the oldest when he claimed the title at age 39 this past November. He is also the all-time leader in career WCT event wins with 55. (Video Air Date May 2012)
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