This Video Of Kelly Slater Surfing A Standing Wave Is Mesmerizing
Tanya Ray Fox 04:49 pm, January 18th, 2017
Kelly Slater is one of the most recognizable surfers in the world, and for good reason. The crystal-eyed native of Cocoa Beach, Florida first came onto the professional surfing scene back in 1990, when he was just 18 years old. At 20, he became the youngest surfer ever to win a world champion title.
Slater would go on to be an innovator in the surfing world, breaking numerous records and performing tricks that that no one had ever seen before. However, it's his record 11 world titles that he is best known for; the last of which he earned in 2011.
In November of 2016, Slater announced that he would officially retire from professional surfing after the 2017 season; because just like any truly legendary competitor, Slater is endeavoring one final run at another title. So with all eyes on him as he attempts to make more history, the nearly 45-year-old took some preseason practice at the Waimea River mouth at the famed surfing spot in Oahu.
During the rainy winter season on the island, the river that empties into Waimea Bay will sometimes flood. The result is a standing wave at the river's mouth that surfers have naturally taken to riding, and of course no one does it like Kelly Slater.
This dazzling 39-second video posted by the World Surf League is a reminder that Slater is probably better at navigating waves on a surf board than most people are at walking on a sidewalk.
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