When we get in of a morning, one of the first things we do is get over to stabmag.com to see what they’re up to. Recently they told us Kelly was retiring, which was not true, and now they’ve had to say sorry. For any of you that watched the interview following his exit from the Billabong Pro Tahiti, you’ll realise it was an easy mistake to make. If you haven’t seen it, click Slater Interview and check out their article below.
STAB recently reported Kelly had surfed his last heat. After speaking to rivals, the ASP and the man himself, it appears we were wrong. We apologise.
In our defence, the champ looked extremely deflated after his round-two exit from the Billabong Pro. It was his third 17th in succession and as he slumped on the seat of the Quiksilver boat, one leg pulled to his chest, his head lolling to the side and chatting with Raimana Van Bastolaer, it showed. Minutes later he appeared on the webcast and told commentator Greg Tomlinson: “That might have just given me a long vacation. It’s decision time… and I’m not really here to make up the numbers.”
Kelly’s antipathy toward the title race is nothing new. It was only last year he made similar threats before winning the championship in one of the most lopsided contests ever. STAB shouldn’t have bought it. World number two Taj Burrow, never did.
“He’s just lost three in a row. To Kelly, right now, those nine world titles wouldn’t even exist. He won’t wanna go out on that note,” said Taj.
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