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Kelly Slater (1972)

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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 to win the title. Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport. 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, 3-time world champion Tom Curren. In addition to the ASP tour, Slater has also competed in the X-Games . After earlier being awarded the title prematurely as a result of a miscalculation by the 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. 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.)

Since 1990, Slater has been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver. He exclusively rides Channel Islands surfboards equipped with his own signature series of FCS fins.


 Early life and family

Slater was born on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where he continues to reside. He has a teenage daughter named Taylor. He is of Irish and Syrian ancestry. He has an older brother, Sean, and a younger brother, Stephen.

In his spare time Slater enjoys playing the guitar,composing sonnets, and spending quality time with longtime girlfriend, Kalani Miller who often travels and supports him on the ASP World Tour. His favorite surf spots are Sandspit in California, Pipeline in Hawaii, Kirra in Australia, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, Minis in Ireland, Taghazout in Morocco, Soup Bowls in Barbados, Sebastian Inlet near his home in Florida and Bilgola beach in the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. his three favourite surfing buddys from Bilgola are Ian morrison, James Burfitt and Jose Viera. He is also an avid golfer, with a +2 handicap. Slater is interested in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Some of his surfing inspirations are Tom Curren, Tom Carroll, Mark Occhilupo, Martin Potter, Andy Irons, Shane Dorian, Drew Phelps, Ken Wells, and Hunter Collins.

 Other projects
Slater played the recurring character Jimmy Slade on several episodes of the popular TV show Baywatch in the early 1990s
. He appeared in an episode of the reality show The Girls Next Door, and has also starred in many surf films throughout his career.

In the late '90s Slater, along with friends and fellow pro surfers Rob Machado and Peter King, formed a band called The Surfers. The trio released an album in 1998 titled Songs From the Pipe, a reference to the famous surf spot Pipeline on Oahu, Hawaii. Aside from his Love of surfing, Kelly also toured Australia with his band, performing in venues such as the Opera House, and parliment house. he was also given an honourary membership to the Rickson Cricket Club in north west Sydney.

Slater performed a song with Ben Harper during Harper's concert in Santa Barbara. on August 1, 2006. He also performed "Rockin' in The Free World" with grunge band Pearl Jam on the July 7, 2006 in San Diego. In 1999, he appeared alongside Garbage singer Shirley Manson in the promotional video for the band's single "You Look So Fine". He played a man washed up on a seashore, then rescued by Manson.

A video game named Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, by Treyarch and published by Activision, was released in 2002. Slater also appeared as a playable character in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 prior to this, complete with a surfboard.

In 2003 Slater released his autobiography, Pipe Dreams: A Surfer's Journey. In 2008 he released a second book with Phil Jarratt, entitled Kelly Slater: For the Love.

Slater is passionate about preserving oceans globally and protecting temperate reefs in California through his relationship with Reef.

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." This resolution, sponsored by Florida representative Bill Posey and sponsored by 10 representatives passed without objection by a voice vote.


  • WCT victories: 48
  • World titles: 11

On 9/15/07, Kelly Slater passed Tom Curren's long standing WCT tour victory record of 33 with his win at the Boost Mobile Pro at Lowers Trestles.

 2011 Stats and results
World ranking: 2011 Champion

Points: 68,100

Event results in 2011

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast : 1st

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, : 5th

Billabong Rio Pro : 13th

Nike Pro US Open : 1st

Billabong Pro Teahupoo : 1st

Quiksilver Pro New York : 2nd

Hurley Pro Lower Trestles : 1st

Quiksilver Pro France : 5th

Rip Curl Pro Portugal : 2nd

Rip Curl Search : 5th

Billabong Pipeline Masters : 3rd

 2010 Stats and results
World ranking: 2010 Champion

Points: 69000

Event results in 2010

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast : 9th

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach : 1st

Hang Loose Pro : 2nd

Billabong Pro : 17th

Billabong Pro Teahupoo : 3rd

Hurley Pro : 1st

Quiksilver Pro France : 2nd

Rip Curl Pro Portugal : 1st

Rip Curl Pro Search 2010 : 1st

Billabong Pipeline Masters : 3rd

 2009 Stats and results
World ranking: 6th.

Points: 6136

Event results in 2009

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast : 17th

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach : 17th

Billabong Pro, Tahiti : 17th

Hang Loose Pro : 1st

Billabong Pro : 9th

Hurley Pro : 3rd

Quiksilver Pro France : 5th

Billabong Pro, Mundaka : 3rd

Rip Curl Search : 17th

Billabong Pipeline Masters : 2nd

 2008 Stats and results
World ranking: 2008 Champion

Points: 8832

Event results

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast : 1st

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach : 1st

Billabong Pro, Tahiti : 17th

Globe Pro, Fiji : 1st

Billabong Pro, J-Bay : 1st

Rip Curl Search : 17th

Boost Mobile Pro : 1st

Quiksilver Pro France : 2nd

Billabong Pro, Mundaka : 9th

Hang Loose Pro : DNS

Billabong Pipeline Masters : 1st

 History of wins
  • Quiksilver Pro
  • Nike US Open
  • Billabong Pro Teahupoo
  • Hurley Pro Trestles

  • Rip Curl Pro
  • Hurley Pro
  • Rip Curl Pro
  • Rip Curl Search

  • Hang Loose Pro

  • Quiksilver Pro
  • Rip Curl Pro
  • Glove Pro Fiji (Cloudbreak, Restaurants – Tavarua, Fiji)
  • Billabong Pro J-Bay (Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa)
  • Boost Mobile Pro
  • Billabong Pipeline Masters

  • Boost Mobile Pro

  • Quiksilver Pro
  • Rip Curl Pro

  • Billabong Pro
  • The Globe WCT
  • Billabong Pro
  • Boost Mobile Pro

  • Snickers Australian Open
  • Energy Australia Open

  • Billabong Pro
  • Billabong Pro
  • Billabong Pro
  • Nova Schin Festival

  • The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (Specialty-Hawaii)

  • Gotcha Tahiti Pro presented by Globe

  • Mountain Dew Pipe Masters

  • Coke Surf Classic
  • Billabong Pro
  • Tokushima Pro
  • Marui Pro
  • Kaiser Summer Surf WCT
  • Grand Slam (Specialty-Australia)
  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Challenge (Specialty-USA)

  • Coke Surf Classic
  • Rip Curl Pro Saint Leu
  • CSI pres. Billabong Pro
  • U.S. Open
  • Rip Curl Pro Hossegor
  • Quiksilver Surfmasters
  • Chiemsee Pipe Masters
  • Sud Ouest Trophee (Specialty-France)
  • Da Hui Backdoor Shootout (Specialty-Hawaii)

  • Quiksilver Pro
  • Chiemsee Pipe Masters
  • Triple Crown of Surfing (Specialty-Hawaii)

  • Rip Curl Pro
  • Gotcha Lacanau Pro
  • Chiemsee Pipe Masters
  • The Bud Surf Tour (WQS-USA)
  • The Bud Surf Tour (WQS-USA)
  • Sud Ouest Trophee (Specialty-France)

  • Marui Pro

  • Rip Curl Pro Landes
  • Marui Pipe Masters

  • Body Glove Surfbout Trestles

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