August 7, 2011
39 year old Kelly Slater captured the U.S.Open of Surfing title in Huntington Beach. Slater pocketed the $100,000 first prize at the event sponsored by Nike 6.0, Hurley and Converse. Slater last won in H.B. in 1996. He bested Aussie Yadin Nicol who barely registered a wave in the final due to a flawed strategy. Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus), 20 topped the ladies field. Brazillian unknown Felipe Toledo won the Jr.Open Men's and 16 year old Cali Girl Lakey Peterson won the Jr. Women's. See Kelly's winning waves in the vid. below.