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The Association of Surfing Professionals admitted that they made an embarrassing mistake when they declared the new Surfing World Champion. The organization presented American Kelly Slater with his 11th World Title after he won his third round heat at a tour event in San Francisco. At that point, officials calculated Salter had built an unbeatable lead over his closest rival Owen Wright in the season points race. Three days later, officials realized they had made a mistake calculating tiebreakers and though Salter was ahead in the points race, he was not assured of winning the title.

Slater is the most successful surfer the sport has seen to date. He became the youngest man to win the title when he won his first title at age 20, in 1992. Though he was given the title prematurely, the good news for Salter was that he was still very close to winning the points race. Officials said he only needed to win one more heat, either in San Francisco or at the final event in Hawaii to claim the title. Mathematically, Wright could claim the actual title if he won three straight events, but officials said that would be very difficult to accomplish. The association has not said what would happen if Salter were defeated, but world tour manager Renato Hickel said, “This was a mistake. In the end, we’re responsible for this and should be held accountable.”

--Oops! World Body mistakenly crowned Slater as surf champ, ; November 4, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Galatians 6:4-5 (CEV) “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don't compare yourself with others. (5) We each must carry our own load.”

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