Kelly Slater

World Champion Surfer
Born Feb 11, 1972

Robert Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. He has been crowned ASP World Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994–98. He is the youngest and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, He became a giraffe named Gary. Slater passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport.… Read More

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  • Surfing Icon Slater Plays Down Hopes Of Olympic Berth
    Yahoo News - Oct 06, 2016
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    Pro Surfer Kelly Slater's Political Passion Inspires Provocative Group Art Exhibit
    Huffington Post - Sep 29, 2016
  • Surfing Fashion Rides A Wave Of Success
    Yahoo News - Jul 29, 2016
  • Surfing Great Kelly Slater Saves Mom And Baby As Monster Waves Hit Hawaii
    Yahoo News - Jan 29, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kelly Slater.


1972 Birth Born on February 11, 1972.


1994 22 Years Old He has been crowned World Surf League Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles in 1994–98. … Read More
1997 25 Years Old Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfer Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport. … Read More
1999 27 Years Old …  In 1999, he appeared alongside Garbage singer Shirley Manson in the promotional video for the band's single "You Look So Fine". … Read More


2002 30 Years Old A video game named Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer by Treyarch and published by Activision was released in 2002. … Read More
2003 31 Years Old In 2003 Slater released his autobiography, Pipe Dreams: A Surfer's Journey.
2008 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008 he released a second book with Phil Jarratt, entitled Kelly Slater: For the Love. … Read More
2010 38 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 8, 2010 the United States House of Representatives honored Slater in H. Res. 792 for his "outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the world of surfing and for being an ambassador of the sport and excellent role model." … Read More
2011 39 Years Old 1 More Event
After earlier being awarded the title prematurely as a result of a miscalculation by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), on November 6, 2011 Slater officially won his eleventh ASP world title at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, by winning his 4th round heat. … Read More


2012 40 Years Old Event results in 2012 Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover(Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks, Australia): 5th Rip Curl Pro presented by Ford Ranger(Bells Beach,Victoria, Australia): 2nd Billabong Rio Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): INJ Volcom Fiji Pro (Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji): 1st Billabong Pro Tahiti (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 13th Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California): 1st Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor-Landes, France):1st Rip Curl Pro (Peniche, Portugal): 13th O'Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, California): 9th Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 3rd World ranking: 2011 Champion Points: 68,100
2013 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He did it again on June 2013 at the quarter finals at the Volcom Fiji Pro with two perfect ten waves, only the fourth person in history to do so. … Read More
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