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If you were in the judging booth, how would you have scored this heat? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Agreed, Slater should have won this one.
But for all the times he has been pushed through (a couple of finals at Lowers, etc ) I don’t think his sponsors should start complaining about that.
I think it’s pretty obvious that Kelly won that heat especially considering the new criteria. Some of Kelly’s single turns were way better than Holmes entire waves. Tapping three to the beach should not have won that heat.
I think kelly was just being underscored becuase he is on the tour and is seen more often by the judges so they were able to judge him on this event compared to the past (he surfed better in prier events) Since Sean Holmes isnt on the tour and is a wild card,the judges dont seem him as often and their is nothing to hold back the scores so he was able to get higher scores.
All in All , Kelly should have won that heat and should still be in 1st place on the WCT
Really, Kelly’s waves were much better, but the judges always gave high scores to him, so it’s fair that this time he lost to learn the lesson, and see that not only because he’s kelly that he always have to win!!
I think kellys moves had a lot more power behind them and were risky ! I think he should of won but it’s cause they screwed up on early scores then couldn’t make it right in the end.I think it’s cool CI makes s forum for us to view and comment instead of just claiming slats was robbed , which he was but oh well there’s always chops
SLATer WON ThAt Heat, I tHINK THat SLATEr WON tHE EVent With HIS FIRST HeaT thOUGH…
kelly surfed flawlessly and should have won easily. sean holmes surfed well but did nothing outstanding. ithink that kelly should have won not only that heat but, in my opinion, the entire event.
kelly surfs contests at an entirely different level from the other competitors. i have a theory that the asp judges, subconsciously, judge kelly differently. they are so used to seeing him surfing amazing contest heats on a regular basis that they expect him to show them something more, something beyond their expectations of him in order for him to get a decent score them.
kelly’s real opponent in every heat is not the other surfer but his last performance. if he doesn’t better his last surfing performance he won’t get the result he wants. that’s what i think.
Sean surfed extremely well but was I the only one who noticed him bobbling along the top of the wave, Kelly’s turns / hacks looked far more technical to me.
I definately think they got this wrong.
Itâ€™s outrageous what they are doing to Kelly Slater! It didnâ€™t start on this event but in the entire 2009 season. As anyone forget the 2009 Pipe Final when he lost to Taj? In the last event, in Brazil, how can we lost to a guy that made de same wave/manoeuvre the entire event while Kelly made different rotation in the same wave and different approaches from wave to wave? In this event, j-bay, how can we lose to a guy that make a classic and â€œno riskâ€ surf versus the surf that he showed? Is the new judging criteria a joke? In my humble opinion itâ€™s time for a strong â€œstop the madnessâ€ Kelly Slater should leave the tour and say loud and clear that the tour is a bunch of creeps making everything possible to make impossible is 10th world title.
I would like to see how the ASP World Tour cloud survive without is most iconic and innovator surf.
I think itâ€™s time for his sponsor start doing noise but a very loud noise for what is happening!
Here, at Le Petit ComitÃ©.tv we d’ont understand why kelly has lost his heat! Their turns are way much better, moving more water!!! Could you explain us what happened?
hehehe! ItÂ´s hard, they booth surfed really shit! Almos slept while watching it! Holmes surfed like an old lady, Kelly did 30% of what he can, and fell out the board! DonÂ´t think KS did for a win. Holmes got a litle barrel and this would make the diference on my criteria.
laaame. kelly won for sure, sean holmes is garbage.
slater totally won his waves were more crisp and were better than holmes’. if kelly had won this heat he almost forsure wouldve won
I just love to watch Kelly surf. His turns were fuller and he got that barrel.. It was a close heat but Kelly won in my opinion.
Shameful as a sponsor to do this. I’m sure Kelly has already forgotten this. He’s the best ever and everyone knows it. Just leave it be. It’s a judged sport and these things are going to happen.
R u kiddin me!? I love keely as well, but no way did he win that heat, I am suprised that it was so close Holmes smoked him, & if anything was underscored.. For these reasons:
Holmes waves were bigger / longer, better tude, more turns & those turns were big & powerful.
Kellys waves: Smaller, shorter barrel, fell on his air.
Kelly surfed at another level than holmes but holmes did catch better waves. To give holmes the scores for his waves is inconsistent with the scores they gave Jordy for his technical surfing on smaller waves against Owen. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something to do with the local guard and the judges’ evaluation? But, Kelly handled it with class so in my book he wins.
Is there someone here who’s not a diehard superfan of Slater?
Like, pleeeeeease some objectivity.
He should have won the whole event?!? Should we maybe give him the 10th before Chopes then?
In that particular heat Kelly was underscored (or Holmes was overscored) IMHO… but let’s not make a tragedy out of it.
Think of all the times (and there’s been quite a few) when Kelly was overscored (or his opponent underscored). It happens to all of the ASP surfers and i think the ratio is very similar.
Just my 2 cents.
Hmmm, who was Holmes’ sponsor and also the primary event sponsor?
Hey guys from a sponsors take you win some you lose some and close decisions don’t always go your way even if the guy holds nine titles , but to the guy that said Kelly probably forgot about it ,after a 40 hour plane ride there and a thirty hour ride home on the hunt for his tenth title at one of his favorite waves , I doubt it! But I do think this is a healthy forum for people to give their takes whichever way they saw it and not shameful by any means just a way to hear what you all think ,plain and simple .
Well, I think that it was not fair! Slater’s maneuvers were much better than Holmes! He’d got a short tube too! I think the judges scored it lower than he really deserved!
Holmes is a great surfer, but he didn’t show his potential in that heat! Just easy maneuvers for a pro! Ok, he’d got a nice tube, but, in my opinion, it was not enough to win Slater.
CI shouldn’t start the fight~
holmes was doing taps,slater was doing slaps,i thought the wt was about critical surfing
It seemed they forgot the new judging criteria in this heat and im sure the judges got a few shares in Billabong for that one….
both put a lot of turns in. but i really like the way kelly’s turns his board. the turns just looked stronger and better.
Holmes was ripping, especially for being injured, but yeah I don’t think he beat Kelly. I didn’t count, but it seemed Holmes did more turns. But none of them were as critical as the Slate’s.
Lesson: NEVER LEAVE ROOM FOR THE JUDGE’S TO BLOW IT. Also, land the allyoop! I would have! Psyyyyych.
Big call to make on this one but kellys turns were more critical had he not fell on the air that would have been big score.
holmes was over scored a little his turns looked all the same and you could see he wasn’t up to his usual form.
Nuno ColaÃ§o said: that this has been happening for over year hes right pretty much since the “rebal tour” roumors etc.
Kellys been getting worked by the ASP on scores its like they got the pip with him. That heat in Mundaka last year with Adriano is a classic he totaly won that Adriano was caliming like a kook in that heat an he wasn’t even surfing nearhis best.
Some one mentioned pipe 09 yeah dodgy scoring there to wouldn’t say he won that one but it was closer than the scores reflected 3.93 for that barrel ? what ever!
But i don’t think it was just kelly at j bay a few guys got burned on
Maybe Billabongs got to many contests on tour this year? with a total of 4 they kinda have the monopoly on it.
um kelly got robbed
its obvious Kelly surfs like a professional on refined equipment while holmes looked like a free surfer who got lucky
i should be a judge
Kelly Slater had it, Sean Holmes didn’t stick a simple floater at the end, Kelly Slater didn’t ride out an air, Slater did a bunch sick powerful top turns, Sean Holmes surfed well, but deffinately Slates had it. Sean Holmes did not win, Kelly was robbed.
Whatever, He didn’t get hosed nearly as bad as Taylor did!
Well Homie got the bigger better longer waves. Kelly surfed the smaller waves better but got shorter rides. Kelly’s tube was smaller also. Homie took the heat in my book. Now the Eddie well that is another story. Kelly took the contest for sure. Hands down. That was simple resentment on the part of the guys judging. Jealous of success. Kelly won the event and every person that was there knows that. Not a single person pulled in at maxed out Bay the way Kelly did. Not one.
It was obvious that Kelly was the Pro. That is for sure.
Holmes hands down. Even Kelly admitted that he was off.
The bottom line is that Kelly should have dominated and not leave it so close for the judges to choose. However I am finally happy to see the judges did not get star struck by the name KELLY SLATER and judged it FAIRLY !!!!!
Though I agree that Homie won the heat, Kelly is still my favorite for the crown. He is the “Come from behind” King and unquestionably the best surfer on this planet.
Obviusly kelly won the heat and can go to the finals
Watch it again and look at the flow and how the two surfers linked there turns and whole waves together. Whilst 3 taps to the beach is old school, surfing at a point break you have to look at the big picture and how the entire wave was surfed. Kelly did some great single turns. But Holmes seemed to link his entire waves together. Still pretty tight heat. Holmes over Kelly just.
hey, judges are right! they had both the same performance with slightly edge of sean mostly cause of the bigger waves longer rides (11 turns) and the longer tube ride!
and never talk shit for any surfer of the world tour. They are beyond all of you guys! respect all the top 45!
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