Kelly Slater: A Gentle Sportsman

Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer and is touted to be the greatest surfer of all time. He’s at the top of his game and constantly dominates the professional surfing tour. Born Robert Kelly Slater on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Slater has been in the surfing spotlight since he was 12. At a young age, he has shown remarkable skills in surfing. He won his first competition when he 18 and has never looked back since.

He was crowned ASP World Champion a record-making 10 times which includes 5 consecutive titles from 1994 to 1998. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 38) to win the title. Slater won the Boost Mobile Pro Event this year including Rip Curl Pro in Australia and the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal.

Fresh in the world of surfing, Slater was Jimmy Slade, a recurring character on Baywatch in the 90s, but he quit when he was slowly becoming recognized as the TV character and not a surfer. The studio offered him a higher salary but he turned this down. He returned to his passion which was real surfing.

His passion for surfing extends to the preservation of oceans worldwide. He intends to protect the temperate reefs in California and he does this with his collaboration with Reefs Neck. Early this year, Slater was honored by the United States of Representative for his “outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the world of surfing and for being an ambassador of the sport and excellent role model.” H. Res. 792 was passed without any objections whatsoever.

Slater has been sponsored by Quicksilver since 1990. He rides Channel Inlands surfboards with his own signature series of FCS fins. He has appeared in video games and has two books written about him – Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey is his autobiography and Kelly Slater: For the Love was written with Phil Jarrett. In his spare time, he plays the guitar. He has formed a band and released a couple of singles. He is also an avid golfer and interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Being in the public eye since he was a teenager did not affect Slater as a human being. He handles his celebrity status rather well and is proud of the fact that he has never been arrested. Once, he was recognized at his daughter’s school. He advised her to be known as someone else, and not as his daughter. According to him, it is more important to make a mark as yourself and not because you are related to someone.

His natural and raw competitiveness is what makes him legendary on any tour he participates in. He observes his competition and is driven to be on top – all the time. He has a grounded personality that makes his declaration to succeed not sound arrogant in any way but come off as a passionate surfer simply motivated to be the best.

After almost two decades of surfing, Slater is as young as the other rookies on tour. His body is trim and he maintains his flexibility in surfing. Perhaps this is a testament that if you do what you love, you will remain forever young.

Death of a Surfing Legend: Andy Irons

Professional surfers all over the world are mourning the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons. He was one of Hawaii’s best ever big wave riders. He was found dead in his Dallas hotel room on November 2. According to the Association of Surfing Professionals, he has been battling dengue fever, a viral disease. It … Continue reading

NOHO Surf Trainer Review

The Good: Well made, you get to practice on your surfboard, does improve balance, not as difficult as an Indo board The Bad: You need a spare board lying around, taking fins off anytime you want to use it Bottom line: There’s been a variety of surf trainer balance objects to hit the market the … Continue reading

Snake River, Wyoming- Who knew there was surf?

Great video from CNN of a few local guys in Jackson, Wyoming surfing the Snake River. Prime season May to early August when the snow melt creates the runoff for the waves. Surfers claim to have stayed on the wave for 20 minutes plus.. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Mr. Magoo Surfing In Hawaii Circa 1965

Remember waking up on Saturday mornings as a kid and watching cartoons. Wait, some of you do have kids and probably watch cartoons on Saturday morning. Anyway, I miss those days. Here’s an old gem I stumbled upon on Youtube, Mr. Magoo. Better yet it’s Mr. Magoo surfing in Hawaii. It’s a funny 4 minute … Continue reading

2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti- Jordy Slater Showdown in Tahiti

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the 2010 Billabong Pro Tahiti, watch below. The adrenaline started pumping through my body at 7:42am this morning watching it. It’s going to be a Jordy Smith vs. Kelly Slater showdown… Go get the popcorn!

San Onofre, Ca- Great White Shark Caught On Camera!

Update to this story, posted on the website: San Onofre State Beach — On August 11, 2010 Jim Serpa, Supervising Park Ranger, Doheny State Beach, was snorkeling at Dogpatch, a well utilized location at San Onofre State Beach. Serpa reported the following; “ Chuck Patterson and Brian Lane’s story made me inquisitive, so Lifeguard … Continue reading

Is it difficult to learn how to surf?

No, it’s not difficult. It does take some patience and commitment. First off, make sure you know how to swim. Most people can stand up on the surfboard after taking 1 or 2 surf lessons with a good instructor. There are lots of resources on the internet (like this website… shameless plug) to get you … Continue reading

How long would it take me to learn to surf on decent sized waves?

It will take time to get all the basics down. Just like any sport, you’ll need a strong commitment to develop your craft. I’ve seen committed surfers, surf overhead waves only after 2 years of starting. Most times that’s not the case. In my own experience it took a good 5 years for me to … Continue reading

Is it possible to learn to surf on a short board?

It’s not the best starting point. Actually it’s pretty difficult. I learned on a short board and it’s hard to find your balance. You may be discouraged unless your a patient person.. My suggestion for any beginner surfer would be to start on a fun board about 8 ft long. This is a good size … Continue reading