Kelly Slater
World Champion Surfer
Kelly Slater
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.
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Surfing icon Slater plays down hopes of Olympic berth
Yahoo News - 5 months
Surfing icon Kelly Slater has played down the likelihood of competing for the United States when the sport he has helped revolutionise makes its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when he will be 48. "There's been talk for a long time about surfing in the Olympics," Slater told AFP in an interview on the sidelines of a World Surf League competition in Hossegor, southwestern France. Surfing was one of five sports given the nod for Tokyo 2020 along with the returning baseball, skateboarding, climbing and karate.
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Pro Surfer Kelly Slater's Political Passion Inspires Provocative Group Art Exhibit
Huffington Post - 5 months
For as long as politics has existed, there have been artists who transform political outrage into compelling work. Whether you know it or not, Kelly Slater, is not only a world champion surfer but he's also deeply passionate about political, environmental and cultural issues. While most of his fans would prefer he stick to surfing, they may want to get comfortable with the political side of Slater--he is a firm believer that big business and government are poisoned by the machinations of unseen evil and that opinion isn't going to change anytime soon. When RVCA Founder PM Tenore is part of your circle of friends, and you feel a certain way about the current political climate, we'll, you do what anyone else with would do--you have an art show in Venice and gather the tribe to elevate your message. The show which opened September 20th is called "Apolitical Process: a vision by Kelly Slater" and it is, he says, "an artistic journey through the chaotic and sometimes inflammatory ...
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Surfing Fashion Rides a Wave of Success
Yahoo News - 7 months
Pro surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore prove they can conquer fashion as well as waves.
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Surfer Kelly Slater saves baby swept up in gigantic wave
CNN - about 1 year
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Surfing Great Kelly Slater Saves Mom And Baby As Monster Waves Hit Hawaii
Yahoo News - about 1 year
HONOLULU -- Every winter, giant rolling walls of ocean head toward the north shores of Hawaii. And, every winter, surfers from all over the world attempt to ride them.But when Kelly Slater, the most legendary surfer of our time, can't even make it past the shore break and is forced back to the safety of the beach with his tail between his...
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Kelly Slater: ‘When I’m really tuned in I can mind-surf’
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Champion surfer Kelly Slater, 43, on not stressing about sharks, owning several homes, and his fear of drowning My daughter thinks I’m cool because I know Chris Hemsworth [the Australian actor who played Thor]. She’s 19 now and has just graduated from college. We’re pretty close, but it wasn’t always that way. I’m realistic about my situation as a father. I’ve basically spent her whole life travelling and she was raised 99% by her mother. I feel pretty old. Not mentally, just in my body. At the moment I’m training to overcome injuries so I can be strong for the next world tour [Slater has won 11 world championships, making him the youngest and oldest title holder at 20 and 39]. I’m not retiring. I have every intention of being 90 and surfing Hawaii’s Backdoor Pipeline. Continue reading...
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Kelly Slater Just Built A Perfect Artificial Wave -- And It May Save Surfing
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The surfing world is abuzz after world champion Kelly Slater casually took to Instagram on Friday to unveil what he says is, without a doubt, the "best man-made wave ever made." "It's a freak of technology," Slater said of the wave. The wave generator, located in a "secret spot" about 110 miles from an undisclosed coast, has been in the works for a while. As he writes on Instagram, Slater has been "sitting on" his announcement for a couple of weeks.  "For nearly ten years, my team and I have been working on creating the first truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves," he writes. "This is something I dreamt about as a kid. Through rigorous science and technology, we’ve been able to design and build what some said was impossible, and many very understandably never thought would actually happen." Artificial waves have long been a sort of holy grail for the sport -- and business -- of surfing. By taking geography out of the equation, everyone from t ...
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Kelly Slater Just Built A Perfect Artificial Wave -- And It May Save Surfing
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
The surfing world is abuzz after world champion Kelly Slater casually took to Instagram on Friday to unveil what he says is, without a doubt, the "best man-made wave ever made." "It's a freak of technology," Slater said of the wave. More...
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21st-Century Man: Surfer Kelly Slater Wades Into Fashion
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The world champion has long let his peripatetic spirit guide him, and now he’s set his sights on a new title: men’s wear designer.
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21st-Century Man: Surfer Kelly Slater Wades Into Fashion
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The world champion has long let his peripatetic spirit guide him, and now he’s set his sights on a new title: men’s wear designer.
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The Deliciously Healthy Pancakes That Surfers Eat For Breakfast
Huffington Post - about 2 years
If you thought surfers lived off of fish tacos and Coronas, think again. Today's professional surfers are health freaks. Dr. Tim Brown, who has spent the last three decades as a medical director for the World Surf League (formerly known as the ASP), says surfers have evolved from a group of wild party animals into a league of laser-focused, health-conscious athletes. "For [professional] surfers back in the '80s, it was party time, live hard, let your candle burn bright," Dr. Brown told The Huffington Post. "Now, guys are traveling with trainers and have rolodexes of medical doctors and nutritionists. You won't find a more serious group of athletes. They don't screw around." For proof, look no further than poster boy Kelly Slater, the 11-time world surf champion who swears by organic and unprocessed foods. He's 42 years old and still shredding against kids half his age. But all this health-consciousness doesn't mean surfers have lost their youthful spirits or ginormous appe ...
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Kamapua'a, The Surfing Pig From Hawaii, Will Melt Your Heart
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Watch out, Kelly Slater. There's a new surfer that's hogging the spotlight and his name is Kamapua’a -- or Kama, the surfing pig. Kama's surfing career began when he accidentally slipped and fell into his owner, Kai Holt's, pool. "That's how we knew he could swim," Holt told Hawaii News Now. "I had no idea that pigs could swim." It wasn't long before the two became Hawaii's most lovable surfing duo. “I think he enjoys it," said Holt. "It seems like he’s having a good time when he’s out there. I think it makes him happy." Read More... More on Animals
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Kelly Slater wows crowd at surfing competition
Reuters.com - about 3 years
Feb.6 - Surfing legend scores perfect ten during impressive performance. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration)
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Waves cause fear on Oahu's North Shore
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Barely settled into our rented beachfront home on the North Shore of Oahu, we watched a massive wooden deck break off a neighbor's house and collapse into the sea, there to be crushed and splintered into useless debris. While local residents and their friends engaged in desperate recovery measures with tarps, sandbags and wooden blockades (the big swells subsided, creating a narrow and much-needed stretch of beach), our house held up. The surf season brought a steady stream of west swells from an angle so extreme, the onrushing whitewater affected shoreline property in a manner unseen for decades. With a persistent high-pressure system lingering over Northern California, Mavericks (in Half Moon Bay) has produced only a couple of rideable days and nothing close to the giant surf required to hold its annual contest. [...] much huge surf has pounded the coastlines of Ireland, Portugal, Spain and France since the onset of autumn, it's being called Europe's "most consistent string of r ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kelly Slater
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 41
    Event results in 2013 Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia): 1st Rip Curl Pro (Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia): 13th Volcom Fiji Pro (Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji): 1st Oakley Pro Bali (Keramas, Bali, Indonesia): 9th Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia): 2nd
    More Details Hide Details Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 1st He also won many other surfing titles. World ranking: 2nd Points: 55,450
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1990, Slater had been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver until his recent departure on April 1, 2014 to collaborate with fashion brand conglomerate Kering. In a statement released on his social media accounts, Slater states "For years I've dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to." Kelly Slater is an advocate of a sustainable and clean living lifestyle. He exclusively rides Channel Islands surfboards equipped with his own signature series of FCS fin masons. As of 2015, Slater has been seen riding unlabelled Firewire surf boards. Slater was born on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where he continues to reside. He is the son of Judy (Moriarity) and Stephen Slater, and has Syrian (from a great-grandfather) and Irish ancestry. He has an older brother, Sean, and a younger brother, Stephen. He has a teenage daughter named Taylor.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 40
    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
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  • 2011
    Age 39
    Event results in 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 1st Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, (Victoria, Australia): 5th Billabong Rio Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): 13th Nike Pro US Open (Huntington Beach, California, US): 1st Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 1st Quiksilver Pro New York (Long Beach, New York, US): 2nd Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California, US): 1st Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 5th Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche, Portugal): 2nd Rip Curl Search (Ocean Beach, San Francisco, US): 5th Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 3rd World ranking: 2010 Champion Points: 69000
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2005, in the final heat of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupo'o, Slater became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP two-wave scoring system (the corresponding honor under the previous three-wave system belongs to fellow American Shane Beschen who achieved the feat in 1996).
  • 2010
    Age 38
    Event results in 2010 Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 9th Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 1st Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): 2nd Billabong Pro (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 17th Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 3rd Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California): 1st Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 2nd Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche, Portugal): 1st Rip Curl Pro Search 2010 (Middles Beach, Isabela, Puerto Rico): 1st Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 3rd
    More Details Hide Details World ranking: 6th. Points: 6136 Event results in 2009 Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 17th Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 17th Billabong Pro, Tahiti (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 17th Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): 1st Billabong Pro (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 9th Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California): 3rd Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 5th Billabong Pro, Mundaka (Mundaka, Spain): 3rd Rip Curl Search (Peniche, Portugal): 17th Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 2nd
    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."
    More Details Hide Details This resolution, sponsored by Florida representative Bill Posey and sponsored by 10 representatives, passed without objection by a voice vote. Slater is on the Board of Advisors (the Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board) of ocean conservation organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. On September 15, 2007, Kelly Slater passed Tom Curren's longstanding WCT tour victory record of 33 with his win at the Boost Mobile Pro at Lowers Trestles. World ranking: 2nd Points: 54,150
  • 2008
    Age 36
    World ranking: 2008 Champion Points: 8832
    More Details Hide Details Event results Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 1st Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 1st Billabong Pro, Tahiti (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 17th Globe Pro, Fiji (Tavarua, Fiji): 1st Billabong Pro, J-Bay (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 1st Rip Curl Search (Bali, Indonesia): 17th Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California): 1st Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 2nd Billabong Pro, Mundaka (Mundaka, Spain): 9th Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): DNS Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 1st 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992
    In 2008 he released a second book with Phil Jarratt, entitled Kelly Slater: For the Love.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to the ASP tour, Slater competed in the X-Games in 2003 and 2004. Slater is a fundraiser and spokesperson for suicide prevention awareness. He has surfed in celebrity events for Surfers Against Suicide, telling sports website 'Athletes Talk': "I’ve lost a couple of friends myself to suicide and it’s just a horrible thing that can be prevented. People get in this dark place and they don’t know what to do so it’s always nice to see a non-profit that isn’t turning into anything else other than just trying to help people." Slater is passionate about preserving oceans globally and protecting temperate reefs in California through his relationship with Reef Check.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003 Slater released his autobiography, Pipe Dreams: A Surfer's Journey.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 30
    A video game named Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer by Treyarch and published by Activision was released in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Slater also appeared as a playable character in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 prior to this, complete with a surfboard.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    In 1999, he appeared alongside Garbage singer Shirley Manson in the promotional video for the band's single "You Look So Fine".
    More Details Hide Details He played a man washed up on a seashore, then rescued by Manson.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 he also became the all-time leader in career event wins by winning the Boost Mobile Pro event at Lower Trestles near San Clemente, California. The previous record was held by Slater's childhood hero, three-time world champion Tom Curren.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    He has been crowned World Surf League Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles in 1994–98.
    More Details Hide Details He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 0
    Born on February 11, 1972.
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