Kelly Slater's baby pledge in Fiji
KELLY Slater has again proved in no uncertain terms that he is not only the greatest ever competitor in the surfing world, but by winning the Volcom Pro in Fiji so convincingly, Kelly is back for world title number 12 and it's game on.
Slater missed round one to be with his youngest brother Stephen and the birth of his son Van at hometown Florida.
Kelly missed the birth and his brother said "make sure you bring the trophy home."
He did that and dedicated the win to the latest member of the Slater dynasty.
Kelly virtually cruised through round two against the local wildcard and round three against wildcard Mitch Coleborn.
Slater declared the wave his favourite on the tour and it wasn't hard to see why as the 11-time world champ defended his title impeccably and notched up his 53rd victory in a 20-year history of competing on the ASP World Tour.
To Mick Fanning's credit he was as sharp as ever at Cloudbreak, knocking out best mate and 2012 world champ Joel Parkinson in a photo finish semi-final result.
Just when Mick had a chance to knock off the champ with an early 9.20 at the start of the final, Fanning broke his board and Slater swooped, going into overdrive posting huge scores, including his fourth 10 point ride of the event.
Basically Slater flogged everyone at Tavarua, it was his fourth win there and he has retaken the World Ratings lead going into the fifth event and a whole new event on the World Tour, the Oakley Pro at Keramas, Bali from June 18-29.
Kelly's fellow competitors will be hoping this new event will open up new opportunities.