Since Kelly Slater came on to the pro surfing scene in the 90's, he has been recognized as one of the best pro surfers in the world. Pro surfer Kelly Slater competes in the ASP World Championship level and has 8 surfing world champion titles. Growing up in Florida provided Kelly the chance to learn surfing at his pace and gradually move up to the more challenging surf locations around the globe. Kelly Slater is sometimes called the Michael Jordan of Surfing, Slats, SL8R and also Shadow or Ghost, because he occasionally shows up very late to events. He is also known as the shepherd of new school type surfing. This is the Surfing.com Kelly Slater biography.
Height: 175.3cm, 5ft, 9in Weight: 74.8kg, 165lb
Birthday: February 11, 1972
Birthplace: Cocoa Beach, FL
Current Home: Kelly Slater currently splits his time between his homes in Florida and Hawaii.
High School: Cocoa Beach High School. It is rumored that Kelly was voted
Surfing Coach: Kelly Slater has been mentored by Danny Kwock for over 15 years.
Life Facts: Kelly has a daughter named Taylor, born in 1996 to his girlfriend at the time. Jack Johnson wrote a song about a Taylor, which some have guessed is describing his childhood friendís daughter Taylor Slater. Kelly's father died to throat-cancer in 2002 and, according to Kelly, this helped expand his awareness in life. In 2003, Kelly Slater wrote a surfing autobiography called Pipe Dreams. Pipe Dreams gives a nice overview Kelly Slaterís career, and includes his life facts, successes and challenges he has faced. He is considered a very grateful person to all that have helped him become who he is.
Successes: Kelly Slater has over 38 WCT victories, and 8 World titles. There are too many wins to mention here. To see a list, go to the Kelly Slater Wikipedia page. Some refer to Kelly as the greatest surfer of all time.
Surfing Style: Kelly Slater is a regular foot, fast thrasher, with an athletic style, and ability to adapt very well to surfing conditions - small or big. On top of this, Kelly is considered a fierce competitor and pushes his surfing to perfection.
Other Sports: On dry land, Kelly Slater is a very good golfer, likes singing in bands, fish and also support his passionate interest is saving the oceans and reefs.
Likes & Dislikes: Kelly likes music, fishing and sports. What does Kelly Slater dislike? Please tell us!
Sponsors: Kelly Slater is sponsored by Quiksilver, Boost Mobile, FCS fins and Komunity Project accessories.
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