SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – So surfer Kelly Slater did a backside air reverse, lost control of his board, got control of his board again and finished his ride.
Judges? Sorry, Kelly. That rates only a 4.17 on a 10-point scale.
Slater’s performance, which took place in a Round 5 superheat at a World Surf League event in California, had one expert at a loss for words.
“I don’t even know what you’d call that maneuver,” Martin Potter, a former world champion, said during the broadcast, Australia’s ABC observed. “That’s just freakish ability.”
In addition, Surfing magazine’s Instagram post saying “judges, you got this one right” provoked angry comments on social media.