In what has been regarded as one of the most exciting and consequential World Tour events in history, FCS team rider and 10 x World Champion Kelly Slater has claimed victory at the 2011 Billabong Pro in Tahiti riding a quad.
In total contrast to his US Open win at Huntington Beach earlier this month where he rode a quad in 2 – 4 foot beach breaks, Kelly has further validated the four fin set-up by winning “Chopes” in 6 – 12 foot heaving barrels.
Looking confident from his opening heat Kelly was convinced riding a quad was the right decision at the infamous Tahitian reef pass.
“I rode my K2.1 Quad set-up for the entire event, it felt really fast and comfortable in the tube. The quad set-up seems to provide a little more security especially in the barrel, it also gives you more control when you’re riding a shorter board”.
This latest victory puts Kelly on top of the World Title ratings, and while he’s yet to officially commit to an 11th World Title, its clear Kelly wants to challenge the boundaries of wave riding through board design and his choice of fin set-up.
FCS team rider Jeremy Flores was another notable standout at the Billabong Pro, riding multiple fin configurations including prototypes of his new JF-1 signature fin, along with a K2.1 plus GAM combo. Jeremy showed a fearless yet calculated approach to claim a perfect heat score, the Nixon WTA Award, and the Andy Irons Award for the most committed performance.
Kelly’s signature fin the FCS K2.1 is available as a thruster, quad or Tri-Quad configuration, for more information visit surffcs.com
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We also have an Adrian Phillips 6’4 five fin. This can be ridden as a quad or thruster.