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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 (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards
Mark Richards (surfer)
Mark Richards , known as MR, is an Australian surfer, five time world champion , and highly respected by his peers.In 2000 Mark was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his service to Surf Riding.- Youth :...

 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
Trestles
Trestles is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California. Trestles consists of, from north to south, Upper Trestles , Lower Trestles , and Middle Trestles . North of Upper Trestles is the surf spot called Cottons...

 near San Clemente, California. The previous record was held by Slater's childhood hero, 3-time world champion Tom Curren
Tom Curren
Tom Curren Tom Curren Tom Curren (born July 3, 1964, in Santa Barbara, California is an American surfer. He was born to father Pat (big-wave legend and shaper) and mother Jeanine. His brother Joe is also a professional surfer and popular photographer and he also has a sister, Anna....

. In addition to the ASP tour, Slater has also competed in the X-Games (in 2003 and 2004). After earlier being awarded the title prematurely as a result of a miscalculation by the ASP
Association of Surfing Professionals
The Association of Surfing Professionals is the governing body for professional surfers and is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best talent in a variety of progressive formats.- Predecessors to 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
Billabong (clothing)
Billabong International is a clothing company traded on the Australian Securities Exchange since 11 August 2000. Billabong was founded in 1973 by Gordon and Rena Merchant....

 Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupo'o
Teahupo'o
Teahupoo is a village on the south-west coast of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, southern Pacific Ocean.It is known for the surf break and heavy, glassy waves offshore, often reaching 2 to 3 m and up to 70 feet...

, Slater became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP
Association of Surfing Professionals
The Association of Surfing Professionals is the governing body for professional surfers and is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best talent in a variety of progressive formats.- Predecessors to the ASP :...

 two-wave scoring system. (The corresponding honor under the previous three-wave system belongs to fellow American Shane Beschen
Shane Beschen
Shane Beschen is a California born professional surfer.In 1996, at Kirra, Shane Beschen became the first and only professional surfer to score three perfect 10 point rides for a total 30 out of 30 ASP three-wave scoring system....

 who achieved the feat in 1996.)

Since 1990, Slater has been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver
Quiksilver
Quiksilver, Inc. , is an American company based in Huntington Beach, California, one of the world's largest manufacturers of surfwear and other boardsport-related equipment...

. He exclusively rides Channel Islands surfboard
Surfboard
A surfboard is an elongated platform used in the sport of surfing. Surfboards are relatively light, but are strong enough to support an individual standing on them while riding a breaking wave...

s 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
Irish people
The Irish people are an ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been populated for around 9,000 years , with the Irish people's earliest ancestors recorded having legends of being descended from groups such as the Nemedians, Fomorians, Fir Bolg, Tuatha...

 and Syrian ancestry. He has a twin brother Daley, an older brother, Sean, and a younger brother, Stephen.

In his spare time Slater enjoys playing the guitar and getting ripped out of the water by Mike Rowley, the leader of "Seagull Pu Cru" in Satellite Beach, Florida. Despite the competition at home in Cocoa Beach, he still "shreds the Narrz". His favorite surf spots are Sandspit in California, Pipeline
Banzai Pipeline
The Banzai Pipeline, or simply "Pipeline" or "Pipe," is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O'ahu's North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef...

 in Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii is the newest of the 50 U.S. states , and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of...

, Kirra
Kirra, Queensland
Kirra is a beachside suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The small rocky headland Kirra Point separates Kirra beach to the north and Coolangatta beach to the south, and is noted as one of the world's premier surf breaks....

 in Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

, Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay is a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The town is situated just off the N2 Highway, about an hour's drive southwest of Port Elizabeth.- History :...

 in South Africa
South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

, Minis in Ireland, Taghazout in Morocco, Soup Bowls in Barbados
Barbados
Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is in length and as much as in width, amounting to . It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about east of the islands of Saint...

, Sebastian Inlet near his home in Florida and Bilgola beach in the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. 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 Curren
Tom Curren Tom Curren Tom Curren (born July 3, 1964, in Santa Barbara, California is an American surfer. He was born to father Pat (big-wave legend and shaper) and mother Jeanine. His brother Joe is also a professional surfer and popular photographer and he also has a sister, Anna....

, Tom Carroll, Mark Occhilupo
Mark Occhilupo
Marco Jay Luciano "Mark" Occhilupo is an Australian surfer and winner of the 1999 World surfing champion title.Occhilupo, also known as Occy, began his professional career in the World Championship Tour at the age of 17....

, Martin Potter
Martin Potter (surfer)
Martin "Pottz" Potter , is a former professional surfer-Early Years:His parents emigrated to Durban, South Africa when he was 2 years old. He began surfing off the beaches of his hometown Durban at age 10...

, Andy Irons
Andy Irons
Philip Andrew "Andy" Irons was a professional surfer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii...

, Shane Dorian
Shane Dorian
Patrick Shane Dorian , or "Shane", is an American surfer from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He spent 11 years touring on the World Championship Tour surfing.-Early life:...

, Mark Davis and Bob Gerrard.

Other projects


Slater played the recurring character Jimmy Slade on several episodes of the popular TV show Baywatch
Baywatch
Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999, sans the 1990-1991 season, of which it was not in production...

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.

Slater performed a song with Ben Harper
Ben Harper
Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances and activism. Harper's fan base spans several continents...

 during Harper's concert in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Situated on an east-west trending section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean...

. on August 1, 2006. He also performed "Rockin' in The Free World" with grunge
Grunge
Grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in the Seattle area. Inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song...

 band Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Eddie Vedder , Jeff Ament , Stone Gossard , and Mike McCready...

 on the July 7, 2006 in San Diego
San Diego, California
San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round...

. In 1999, he appeared alongside Garbage
Garbage (band)
Garbage are an alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994. The group consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson , Steve Marker and Butch Vig . All four members are involved in songwriting and production...

 singer Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson
Shirley Anne Manson is a Scottish recording artist and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh to the United States to record with Garbage but now lives and...

 in the promotional video for the band's single "You Look So Fine
You Look So Fine
"You Look So Fine" is a single released in 1999, and was the final single taken from Garbage's second album Version 2.0, where it was also the closing track...

". He played a man washed up on a seashore, then rescued by Manson.

A video game named Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer is an extreme sports video game in the Activision O2 brand. It was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance. In 2003, it was published for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh...

, by Treyarch
Treyarch
Treyarch is an American video game developer company, founded in 1996 by Peter Akemann and Doğan Köslü , and acquired by Activision in 2001...

 and published by Activision
Activision
Activision is an American publisher, majority owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA. Its current CEO is Robert Kotick. It was founded on October 1, 1979 and was the world's first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles...

, was released in 2002. Slater also appeared as a playable character in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, often abbreviated to THPS3, is a skateboarding video game in the Tony Hawk's series. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation. In 2002, it was published for the...

 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
United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

 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
Bill Posey
William "Bill" Posey is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served in the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives....

 and sponsored by 10 representatives passed without objection by a voice vote
Voice vote
A voice vote is a voting method used by deliberative assemblies in which a vote is taken on a topic or motion by responding verbally....

.

Stats



  • 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: 58,150

Event results in 2011

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 1st

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, (Victoria, Australia): 5th

Billabong Rio Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): 13th

Nike Pro US Open (Huntington Pier): 1st

Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 1st

Quiksilver Pro New York (Long Beach, New York, USA): 2nd

Hurley Pro Lower Trestles (California, USA): 1st

Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 5th

Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche, Portugal): 2nd

2010 Stats and results


World ranking: 2010 Champion

Points: 69000

Event results in 2010

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 9th

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 1st

Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): 2nd

Billabong Pro (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 17th

Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 3rd

Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles
Trestles
Trestles is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California. Trestles consists of, from north to south, Upper Trestles , Lower Trestles , and Middle Trestles . North of Upper Trestles is the surf spot called Cottons...

, San Clemente, CA): 1st

Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 2nd

Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche, Portugal): 1st

Rip Curl Pro Search 2010 (Middles Beach, Isabela, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

): 1st

Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 3rd

2009 Stats and results


World ranking: 6th.

Points: 6136

Event results in 2009

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 17th

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 17th

Billabong Pro, Tahiti (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 17th

Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): 1st

Billabong Pro (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 9th

Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles
Trestles
Trestles is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California. Trestles consists of, from north to south, Upper Trestles , Lower Trestles , and Middle Trestles . North of Upper Trestles is the surf spot called Cottons...

, San Clemente, CA): 3rd

Quiksilver Pro France (Hossegor, France): 5th

Billabong Pro, Mundaka (Mundaka, Spain): 3rd

Rip Curl Search (Peniche, Portugal): 17th

Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 2nd

2008 Stats and results


World ranking: 2008 Champion

Points: 8832

Event results

Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast (Snapper Rocks, Australia): 1st

Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach (Australia): 1st

Billabong Pro, Tahiti (Teahupoo, Tahiti): 17th

Globe Pro, Fiji (Tavarua, Fiji): 1st

Billabong Pro, J-Bay (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): 1st

Rip Curl Search (Bali, Indonesia): 17th

Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, CA): 1st

Quiksilver Pro France
Quiksilver Pro France
Quiksilver Pro France is an event on the ASP World Surfing Tour. The event is held every year at Hossegor and Seignosse in France at the end of September.- 2009 :- Precedents years :Other renowned competitors :* Kelly Slater* Taj Burrow...

 (Hossegor, France): 2nd

Billabong Pro, Mundaka (Mundaka, Spain): 9th

Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil): DNS

Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): 70th

History of wins


2011
  • Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • Nike US Open (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Billabong Pro Teahupoo (Teahupoo, Tahiti)
  • Hurley Pro Trestles (California, USA)

2010
  • Rip Curl Pro
    Bells Beach Surf Classic
    The Bells Beach Surf Classic is a surfing competition which has been held annually at Easter time at Bells Beach, Victoria continuously since 1961, becoming a professional competition in 1973....

     (Bells Beach, Australia)
  • Hurley Pro (Lower Trestles, California, USA)
  • Rip Curl Pro (Peniche, Portugal)
  • Rip Curl Search (Middles, Isabela, Puerto Rico)

2009
  • Hang Loose Pro (Santa Catarina, Brasil)

2008
  • Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • Rip Curl Pro
    Bells Beach Surf Classic
    The Bells Beach Surf Classic is a surfing competition which has been held annually at Easter time at Bells Beach, Victoria continuously since 1961, becoming a professional competition in 1973....

     (Bells Beach, Australia)
  • Glove Pro Fiji (Cloudbreak, Restaurants – Tavarua, Fiji)
  • Billabong Pro J-Bay (Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa)
  • Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)
  • Billabong Pipeline Masters (Pipeline, North Shore Oahu, Hawaii)

2007
  • Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)

2006
  • Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • Rip Curl Pro
    Bells Beach Surf Classic
    The Bells Beach Surf Classic is a surfing competition which has been held annually at Easter time at Bells Beach, Victoria continuously since 1961, becoming a professional competition in 1973....

     (Bells Beach, Australia)

2005
  • Billabong Pro (Teahupoo, Tahiti)
  • The Globe WCT (Fiji)
  • Billabong Pro (South Africa)
  • Boost Mobile Pro (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California)

2004
  • Snickers Australian Open (QS)
  • Energy Australia Open (QS)

2003
  • Billabong Pro (Teahupoo, Tahiti)
  • Billabong Pro (South Africa)
  • Billabong Pro (Mundaka, Spain)
  • Nova Schin Festival (Brazil)

2002
  • The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (Specialty-Hawaii)

2000
  • Gotcha Tahiti Pro presented by Globe (Tahiti)

1999
  • Mountain Dew Pipe Masters (Hawaii)

1997
  • Coke Surf Classic (Australia)
  • Billabong Pro (Australia)
  • Tokushima Pro (Japan)
  • Marui Pro (Japan)
  • Kaiser Summer Surf WCT (Brazil)
  • Grand Slam (Specialty-Australia)
  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Challenge (Specialty-USA)

1996
  • Coke Surf Classic (Australia)
  • Rip Curl
    Rip Curl
    Rip Curl is a major Australian manufacturer and retailer of surfing sportswear The company was founded in 1969 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia and initially produced surfboards. In 1970, they decided to begin production of wetsuits, with emphasis on transforming...

     Pro Saint Leu (Reunion Island)
  • CSI pres. Billabong Pro (South Africa)
  • U.S. Open (California)
  • Rip Curl
    Rip Curl
    Rip Curl is a major Australian manufacturer and retailer of surfing sportswear The company was founded in 1969 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia and initially produced surfboards. In 1970, they decided to begin production of wetsuits, with emphasis on transforming...

     Pro Hossegor (France)
  • Quiksilver Surfmasters (France)
  • Chiemsee Pipe Masters (Hawaii)
  • Sud Ouest Trophee (Specialty-France)
  • Da Hui Backdoor Shootout (Specialty-Hawaii)

1995
  • Quiksilver Pro (Indonesia)
  • Chiemsee Pipe Masters (Hawaii)
  • Triple Crown of Surfing (Specialty-Hawaii)

1994
  • Rip Curl Pro
    Bells Beach Surf Classic
    The Bells Beach Surf Classic is a surfing competition which has been held annually at Easter time at Bells Beach, Victoria continuously since 1961, becoming a professional competition in 1973....

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

1993
  • Marui Pro (Japan)

1992
  • Rip Curl
    Rip Curl
    Rip Curl is a major Australian manufacturer and retailer of surfing sportswear The company was founded in 1969 by Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia and initially produced surfboards. In 1970, they decided to begin production of wetsuits, with emphasis on transforming...

     Pro Landes (France)
  • Marui Pipe Masters (Hawaii)

1990
  • Body Glove Surfbout Trestles
    Trestles
    Trestles is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California. Trestles consists of, from north to south, Upper Trestles , Lower Trestles , and Middle Trestles . North of Upper Trestles is the surf spot called Cottons...

     (California)

Films


"Ultimate Wave Tahiti" (2010)

"Bustin Down the Door" (2008)

"One Track Mind" (2008)

"Kelly Slater Letting Go" (2008)

"Waveriders" 2008)

"Surf's Up" (2007)

"Down the Barrel" (2007)

"Surfers – The Movie" (1990)

"Bra Boys" (2007)

"The Ocean" (2008)

"One Night at McCool's" (2001)

"Letting Go" (2006)

"Young Guns 1, 2 & 3" (2004–2008)

"Campaign 2" (2005)

"Doped Youth" 'Groovy Avalon' (2004)

"Kelly Slater in Black and White" (1991)

"Endless Summer II" (1994)

"Wave Warriors 3"

"A Fly in the Champagne" (2009) (featuring Kelly Slater and Andy Irons
Andy Irons
Philip Andrew "Andy" Irons was a professional surfer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii...

)

"Cloud 9" (2009)

"Riding Giants" (2004)

"Step into Liquid" (2003)

"Thicker than Water" (2000)

"Fighting Fear" (2011)

Television


Baywatch
Baywatch
Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999, sans the 1990-1991 season, of which it was not in production...

, 10 episodes


The Girls Next Door

The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door, also known as The Girls of the Playboy Mansion, is an American reality television series broadcast on the E! cable television network...

, "Surf's Up" 1 episode

External links