6. Kelly Slater Wins Big, Twice

The champion surfer scores an eleventh title and something else

Kelly Slater became the first person to be awarded the ASP title twice in the same year. That was, of course, an accident. On November 2, the ASP announced he had clinched his eleventh world title. The next day they took back the title due to a computational error.

"Can you read this comment from Mark? The calculator at @aspworldtour must be broken. I'm not the world champ yet! http://pic.twitter.com/hEQXnz8K

Roughly a week later, he won it again. The mistake wasn’t entirely funny, as ASP CEO Brodie Carr resigned over it. But Slater had one other big victory in November that didn’t draw as much attention. After three rejections, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office approved a patent for his company’s new wave pool design.

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