Slater loses battle, wins war?

Champions Surf Tour or not, surfing's going to be remade in Kelly Slater's image.

Updated: October 2, 2009, 10:31 AM ET
By Micah Abrams | ESPN

Tom ServaisSlater's disappointment at Trestles is destined to be a footnote in a season of potential upheaval. Launch Trestles Gallery »

The big story from the Hurley Pro this past week at Trestles in Southern California was not how Kelly Slater fell apart in Saturday's semifinal against Mick Fanning after looking every bit the form surfer through four days of competition. The nine-time and defending world champion has won here three times in nine tries, and his heat record was a remarkable ...

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