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Michel Bourez wins Margaret River Pro

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Kelly Slater

Photograph By ASP/Cestari

When Slater showed up in Western Australia, the big story was that after 23 years he was parting ways with sponsor Quiksilver. After a wobbly start that saw him lose his Round 1 heat, he was able to block out the distraction and get on a roll before Bourez stopped him in the semifinals.