HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) the competitive surfing's governing body says they made a mistake and Kelly Slater did not win his 11th ASP world title Wednesday.
ASP says that Slater needs to win one more heat to clinch the title to eliminate Owen Wright from contention.
In a news release, Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager said, "Our rankings' system is designed to split tie-breaks based off of seed points," "Kelly and Owen tied at best nine of 11 results, so we went to best eight of 11 results and the system gave it to Kelly based off his higher seed position. We were operating under that assumption and created the ASP World Title scenarios based off of that. This was a mistake. In the end, we're responsible for this and should be held accountable. We apologize to our fans, the surfers and to Owen and Kelly."
REVISED 2011 ASP WORLD TITLE SCENARIOS:
- If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
- If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
- If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
- If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a "Surf Off".
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.