Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 Nike U.S. Open of Surfing: Kelly Slater Scores Another Title

Women's Champion Sally Fitzgibbons (left) and Runner Up Lakey Peterson
The 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach once again featured a line up of star studded champions and some of the best rising young stars.  The Sunday finals featured a closely contested Women’s final between US Open Pro Junior Champion Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara, CA against World Tour Title runner-up Sally Fitzgibbons.  The 20 year old Australian edged out her younger challenger in what could be a prologue of future title heats.

10x Wold Champ Kelly Slater takes the 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing
The Men’s final was a little more lopsided.  After 10x World Champion Kelly Slater established a strong lead with a monster score on his first wave, challenger Yadin Nicol seemed to look for the perfect wave while finding none in the 35-minute final.  The final tally scored Yadin on 3 waves, but in reality he only had one meaningful ride and a total two wave heat score of 2.57 while the Champion put on a nice exhibition for the crowds that packed the beach and stands.  Many of the fans were left wondering why Yadin didn’t put up more of a fight, but they gave the obvious crowd favorite Slater a huge ovation as he returned to the beach to claim the $100,000 check and US Open title trophy.
Kelly Slater Opens the Final in Impressive Fashion

2011 Nike US Open of Surfing Champion Dominates an Inside Reform
The 10x World Champion was Firing in the Final
The 2011 Nike US Open Final - An Exhibition by Slater rather than a Real Competition

 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing Mens Runner Up Yadin Nicol Clinches the Semi Final in Style

 ... but fails to deliver in the Finals

World Tour Title Runner-Up Sally Fitzgibbons Cuts through the Crowd before the Finals

2011 Nike US Open of Surfing Women's US Open Pro Junior Champion Lakey Peterson in the Finals

2011 Nike US Open of Surfing Women's Champion Sally Fitzgibbons Sticks the Landing

A Victory Lap for the 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing Women's Champion Sally Fitzgibbons

Goodyear Blimp Provides Aerial Coverage over Huntington Beach Pier for the Live Fuel TV Broadcast

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