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Overview (4)

Born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA
Birth NameRobert Kelly Slater
Nicknames The Michael Jordan of Surfing
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Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kelly Slater was born on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA as Robert Kelly Slater. He is a professional surfer on the ASP World Tour. He is also an actor and producer, known for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti (2010), Waveriders (2008), Down the Barrel (2007) and Bra Boys (2007)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Reed Phillips, ASP HQ

Trivia (28)

World champion surfer. Voted cutest in high school.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991.
Has a daughter, Taylor, with Tamara, born in June 1996.
Is a record 11-time world champion surfer.
Youngest world champion surfer at 20 and oldest world champion at 39.
Friends with Cameron Diaz and Eddie Vedder.
Oldest to win a pro surfing contest at age 41.
Greatest surfer of all time.
The only to be world champion surfer five years in a row.
Kelly's biography "Pipe Dreams: A Surfer's Journey." was published in 2003.
Has a record 7 Pipeline Masters wins.
Kelly's book "Kelly Slater:For the love" was published in 2008.
He has surfed in over 15 countries.
First professional surfer to earn a million dollars in prize money.
Was a top student, math was his favorite subject.
Was model for Versace.
Has two Quiksilver stores named after him.
Signed with Quiksilver at the age of 18 (1990).
Slater Way in his hometown Cocoa Beach is named after him.
Has two brothers and a half-brother on father's side.
Statue of Kelly arrived in Cocoa Beach same day as he won 10th surfing world title.(November 6, 2010).
Won surfing world titles in 1992, 1994-1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Retired from surfing contests 1999-2001.
One of his maternal great-grandfathers was Syrian. The rest of Kelly's ancestry is English, Irish, and German.
Kelly was number one of the most influential people in action sports by ESPN.
Was on the cover of Interview Magazine in May 1996, photographed by Bruce Weber.
Kelly and former girlfriend Pamela Anderson were co-stars in Baywatch. Kelly played a guy who dreamed of becoming pro surfer and he won his first world title in real life same year, 1992.
Had relationship with Gisele B√ľndchen.

Personal Quotes (18)

Maintaining marriage seems to be tougher than fatherhood: apparently it's the most difficult thing in the world.
I wanted to be a comedian.
I still feel like my best surfing is ahead of me.
For a surfer, it's never-ending. There's always some wave you want to surf.
Fatherhood isn't always a planned thing, but when it happens you just do it. It's very natural and in that sense it's not really difficult.
A lot of times I'll see guys who are nowhere near the level of the board they're riding. They might love surfing and love how it looks, but you really have to work your way up. It takes eating a little humble pie at first, and stepping back to equipment that might be a bit slow, but do it.
When I'm 50 I want to be a better surfer than I am now - for me it's a lifelong journey.
Surfing is my religion, if I have one.
Most of what Hawaii has to offer is no secret. Pipeline is probably the most famous wave in the world.
Most anything I've ever set my mind to, I could accomplish.
I've been in a poor physical shape many times in my career and I've had some of my best results. My best performances happened because my mind was in the right place. The mind is definitely stronger than the body.
I surf more now for other people than myself. I feel a lot of support from people wanting me to do well, and I feed off that. I can send a positive message to people from what I do.
I feel like an ambassador for surfing at this point. I'm happy to go and play that role and share that where I can in certain areas of the mainstream media that doesn't get the surfing attention.
Big waves are a whole different ball game. You're riding a wave with an immense amount of speed and power, generally over 10 meters. On the face of the wave, obviously life and death thoughts start to happen.
A wave isn't like a skate ramp or mountain; everything's moving around and you have to time how to move along with it. That's easier with a slow wave.
There are so many different elements to surfing. Small waves, big waves, long boards, short boards. This makes it a sport you can share with people. It's not just a solitary thing - it's become a family thing, too. It's about exercising and passing something on from father to son, and from mother to daughter.
My belief is that 'heaven' and 'hell' are metaphorical terms for what you make of your life. In any instant, you have the ability to make your life total pleasure or total hell.
It's a perfect wave when small and the most beautiful and scary wave on Earth when it's big, as the swell from deep water hits the shallow reef ledge. A ten-foot high wave and a 30-footer break in the same depth of water.

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