November 7, 2010 - 3:14PM
Kelly Slater after winning his record 10th ASP world surfing title in Puerto Rico. Photo: APSurfing king Kelly Slater found the perfect way to highlight his incredible career and then dedicated it to rival and friend Andy Irons who died last week.
Slater marked his unprecedented 10th world title victory with a 10 out 10 wave score to also win the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
The 38-year-old American has set a championship mark that may never be bettered, and in doing so joins the likes of Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong and Roger Federer as part of sporting royalty.
"I just want to send my condolences to Andy's family, I'm a little overwhelmed right now but I want to dedicate this to Andy," said Slater.
"It's like exact opposites. This doesn't really offset that, I'd give this title away in a second if Andy could come back."