Sports men and women that have transcended the barriers of time and have remained a staple on their respective sports for decades on end are a few and far between. In the professional surfing world that place belongs to only one man: Kelly Slater.
Kelly, as he’s called by peers and fans alike, has been crowned Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) World Tour Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles in 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfer Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport. That at the age of 27.
Kelly’s longevity and consistentcy in a sport that traditionally is dominated by younger competitors and that requires both agility and athleticism, is something to behold. Because of those reasons and many more, Kelly Slater continues to inspire yours truly to break the barriers age attempts to erect on my achievements as an athlete.