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Born: February 11, 1972
Born Where: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Current Residence: Hawaii
Weight: 161 pounds
Accomplishments: 8 World Titles. 33 WCT Victories, 5 Pipe Masters Wins, 1 Quiksilver Big Wave invitational Win. Highest 2 Wave Heat Score. 12 Surfer Poll Award Wins. Member of Surfing Hall of Fame. Widely acknowledged as the greatest surfer in history.
Kelly Slater was born to surf. He's the epitome of a natural - a guy who was winning surf contests while standing up on a bodyboard at age 6. He can literally ride waves on your front door. He's been famous since he was 12, has been sponsored by Quiksilver since he was 18, is both the oldest world champ ever and the youngest, and wears the crown as the greatest surfer in history.
His accomplishments are the stuff of legend: A record 8 World Titles, 5 Pipe Masters wins, Eddie Aikau win, major label album, best selling autobiography and video game and surf accessory company, host of Sirius Radio show and celebrity surf event in Fiji.
He's incredibly competitive. Once his surf career is over, he wants to be a pro golfer and poker player. When he plays both, he loves to bet and talk trash and hates to lose. He's a big sports fan and loves to watch golf, tennis and basketball on TV. His favorite show is probably Sportscenter, but also loves cheesy stuff like "American Idol." He likes to follow world politics and listen to talk radio.
He lives a rootless life that's a throwback to the nomadic surfers of the 60's and 70's. He travels constantly and doesn't really have a fixed address. If he went on MTV "Cribs" the only thing he'd have to show would be his quiver and travel bag. But here, again, appearances can be deceiving. He drives a fly car (Mercedes SUV) and likes the perks of stardom - courtside Lakers seats, comped suites in Vegas, golf at Riviera, backstage passes, beauty pageant and food judging gigs. He's also ridiculously well connected. He's friends with the likes of Cameron Diaz, Eddie Vedder and Jack Johnson.
Kelly's creativity, his fluidity, is probably the most overlooked aspect of his surfing and his life. In his sport, he's redefined and revolutionized performance in all conditions. Tailslides, carving 360's, air reverses, Rodeo Clowns - he either invented or reinvented them all. Today, the best surfers of the world have almost universally adopted his "New School" maneuvers. Because equipment hasn't changed much, if he had never started surfing it's likely that the sport would be stagnant today and everyone would still be riding they way they were in 1989. And all one has to do is watch any new video or pick up a magazine to see that right now he's surfing better than ever. He's still coming up with the most new maneuvers and the most innovative approach to wave riding.
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