Updated September 13, It is not every day a year-old threatens to break the internet, but Kelly Slater might be about to do just that. The time world surfing champion was competing against Australia's Mick Fanning earlier today when he performed a manoeuvre that defied physics and left commentators struggling for words. It saw him fly into the air, completely disconnect from his surfboard, catch it mid-air while rotating, land while lying on the board only to stand up again and complete the wave. But the move did not impress the judges, who awarded Slater just 4. Fellow commentator Pete Mel was quick to point out the judges' low score may have been incorrect.
Surfer’s incredible maneuver doesn’t impress judges
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Professional surfer Kelly Slater impressed the crowd but failed to make waves with the judges during round five of the Hurley Pro in California. The time world champion was battling for a quarter-final place against three-time WSL champion Mick Fanning when he pulled off this bizarre yet unbelievable manouevre. In the video, Slater is seen leaving his surfboard mid-rotation before disappearing into the waves. Seconds later, he emerges from the water on his board as if nothing had happened and completes the wave. Former world champion Martin Potter was in utter disbelief: "I don't even know what you'd call that first manoeuvre.
Watch a video of Jordy Smith surfing. We're paddling out at Newport Beach, in Orange County, on an unseasonably cold morning in early September. The first waves of a coming south swell are uninspiring two-footers.
CNN -- So surfer Kelly Slater did a backside air reverse, lost control of his board, got control of his board again and finished his ride. Slater's performance, which took place in a Round 5 superheat at a World Surf League event in California, had one expert at a loss for words. In addition, Surfing magazine's Instagram post saying "judges, you got this one right" provoked angry comments on social media. It's not anymore damn catch up with the scoring," added steven. And that's the way it should be.