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Michel Bourez wins Margaret River Pro

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Kelly Slater

Photograph By ASP/Cestari

Kelly Slater had his semifinal duel with Bourez under control until the powerful Tahitian dropped a nine-point score in the final minutes and relegated the 11-time world champ to third place. Historically speaking, over the years Bourez has had Slater's number, and unlike most competitors on tour, he has enjoyed relative competitive success against him.