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Surfers Point Margaret River, Western Australia/Australia (Thursday, March 23, 2012) Kelly Slater (USA) . Eleven times world champion Kelly Slater was  eliminated today in the Round of 24 at the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, ending an amazing morning of surfing at Margaret River.. .Slater faced a tough heat against 2008 Margaret River champion Tom Whitaker in clean waves that were offering up nice barrels all morning on the right hander.  He began the heat quickly, scoring a right hand barrel and coming out into a lay-back snap re-entry but could not finish cleanly as the wave closed out on the shallow reef.  He scored an 8.23 to take the lead but this was soon match by Whitaker with a solid right hander which he hit two vertical manoeuvres, scoring a 6.50.  He then backed this up with another big right to score an 8.70 and take the lead from Slater who had caught a number of rights, regularly getting barrelled but struggling to finish any of the waves with his normal style and composure.. .It soon turned into a classic showdown as the minutes counted down at the end of the heat and Slater needing a 6.98 to progress.  As the final minutes loomed and Whitaker held priority, the Indian Ocean produced one last set to decide the heat.  Whitaker committed to the first wave of the set, a large right that allowed him two vertical re-entries before landing a floater on the close out section on the inside reef.  He then had to wait as Slater took the next wave in the set, also choosing to go right.. 45 year old former winner Mark Occhilupo (AUS) made it through his heat and into the round of 16.â . Photo: joliphotos.com
Surfers Point Margaret River, Western Australia/Australia (Thursday, March 23, 2012) Kelly Slater (USA) . Eleven times world champion Kelly Slater was eliminated today in the Round of 24 at the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, ending an amazing morning of surfing at Margaret River.. .Slater faced a tough heat against 2008 Margaret River champion Tom Whitaker in clean waves that were offering up nice barrels all morning on the right hander. He began the heat quickly, scoring a right hand barrel and...
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