Slater clinched his third Jeffreys Bay title in 2005. He needed a 9.23 (out of a possible 10) to take the crown and with 35 seconds remaining a set wave appeared, allowing him to find the winning score.
Slater defeated defending event champion and then-reigning World Champion Irons in a nail-biting final that saw professional surfingâ€™s biggest rivals face each other for the first time in a two-man Final.
Though he was surpassed by Slater in the dying seconds of the Finals, Irons didn't go home empty-handed. The then-three-time Champion won US$2,000 for the best aerial maneuver during the Fosters Expression Session.