Beginning Or The End?

Everyone knows Kelly Slater is only a world title contender if he's interested, and with an equal ninth on the Gold Coast -- an event he's kind of obligated to surf considering it belongs to Quiksilver -- it's tough to say where the nine-time world champ's head is at. Assuming he shows, Bells will provide a better glimpse of what fans can expect for the rest of the season: Slater finishes strong and gets a tenth bug up his butt, or he peters out and plays hide and seek for the next nine months. (Joli)