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Kelly Slater Out Of Mavericks International Surf Contest, Reason Unclear

Kelly Slater Out Of Mavericks International Surf Contest

Kelly Slater is out of the Mavericks International before he even got a chance to catch a wave.

The 11-time pro tour champion withdrew from the event, making him the second big name to withdraw from the tournament. Shane Dorian, who is considered the best at the giant surf competitions, had to pull out after he suffered a shoulder injury at Nazare, a big-wave venue in Portugal.

Carlos Burle, a finalist at the 2010 Mavericks International, is also out with a shoulder injury he suffered after a wipeout Maui.

It’s not as clear why Kelly Slater is out, the San Francisco Chronicle noted:

“The issue of Slater’s absence is murky, and not entirely satisfying to digest. It’s unclear why this issue would suddenly surface at the last minute, but Slater faces a conflict with the Association of Surfing Professionals, governing body of the professional tour. Mavericks is not an ASP-sanctioned event, and as such, Slater could face being fined, losing points (in the tour standings) or having his seeding changed in ASP events if he competed at Mavericks.”

The paper reached out to Kelly Slater about his reason for pulling out, but the surf legend didn’t respond to the request. The paper tracked down another source who said Slater was disappointed to miss the tournament but relieved his spot will be filled by a dedicated Mavericks surfer. He’s only surfed there a handful of times.

Thought Kelly Slater is out, fans of the Mavericks International have a lot to look forward to, The Associated Press noted. Meteorologists have predicted near-perfect weather conditions for the tournament, which has not been held since 2010.

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11 Responses to “Kelly Slater Out Of Mavericks International Surf Contest, Reason Unclear”

  1. Anonymous

    What a bunch of crap. One of the best surfers in the world and he can't compete because Mav's isn't an ASP sanctioned event? Something fishy.

  2. Cody Smith

    don't understand the black people, they have the naacp and argue about freedom, equil rights, ect. yet they worship the verry people (democrats) that slaved them in the first place! The KKK was founded by white democrats..the first slaves was braught to AMERICA by a RICH BLACK man! Now the dems not only want to slave the black community but ALL americans.. WOW wake up people… maybe our white ancestors was right…blacks are not human, other wise why would they support a half white democrat president that takes a way their rights? wow what a joke…oh yea, want my guns? come and take em!

  3. Tim Kasten

    Silly old angry white man! Your posting on the wrong page.. Look for Fox network for your rant. Surfer don't want you around here.

  4. Dave Daniels

    Oh no! Looks like ill have to watch professional lawn dart throwing now!

  5. Thomas Budding

    So many times people want to make assumptions about something they know nothing about. There is a reason he is no competing and you will find out why whether it's political or physical, we'll find out soon.

  6. Anonymous

    You're not only posting on the wrong page, you also don't know American political history. The 2 major political parties basically "switched positions more than 100 years ago. It happened over time, but misgivings over the Civil War was one of the major reasons conservatives stayed in the Democratic Party essentially until the Reagan Presidency. Therefore, when you look at what party a former president belonged to, you have to look at the date to discover whether he was more conservative or liberal. The Democratic Party you speak of regarding the KKK, etc., was today's Republican Party. Don't take my word for it, do some research yourself. The KKK was formed in the South (TN), and Southern Democrats were a conservative group. The Republicans were considered more liberal at the time. Wow, wake up Cody. Get an education.

  7. Anonymous

    Also, Cody, if it helps you understand: President Lincoln was a Republican, and when he was elected, he received ZERO popular votes from NINE southern states. SC suceded from the Union in 1860, and other southern states followed their lead. The southerners that opposed Lincoln were Democrats, from which came the KKK. Seriously, read a book about American history. Learning really is fun!

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