Here’s, the king is caught in his natural habitat freesurfing around the Drug Aware Pro in West Oz. More tubes and deep carves sums it up pretty well.
There was plenty of hype about North Point hosting the event and for good reason as Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Jack Robinson, Jay Davies, Sebastian Zietz, Noa Deane, Dino Adrian and Tom Whitaker show.
Faster, higher, inverted, more tweaked, more grab variations, and more rotation; this is the aerial surfing of today. Whether in a free surf or in competition, professional surfers are pushing the limits of what was thought to be humanly possible. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, airs are here to stay. In no particular order, here are the top 10 aerialists in surfing right now:
Get up close to 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater’s (USA) quiver in an exclusive interview with WSL host Ross Williams. From his current interest in Tomo-shaped boards to his past as a pioneer of potato chip boards, Slater discusses what fascinates him about board design, his perspective on the board business and the next phase of his life.
Last April Fool’s day, Kelly Slater announced he was leaving 23-year sponsor Quiksilver on Instagram. Which, timing and all, turned out to be true.
With the 2015 WSL Tour kicking off at Snapper Rocks, a few of the Top 34 and others explain the ins and outs of claiming. Claiming doesn’t make a 5 go to an 8, but if you need a 5.56, it’s a different story. Kelly Slater gives us the official rule to claiming. “Anything less than a 9 and you claim, you pay a 100 bucks,” he says. “And every point less than that is another 100 bucks on top of it.”
Kelly Slater, John John Florence, and Jack Johnson are next door neighbors in Hawaii and have been friends for over 20 years, or almost as long as John John has been alive. Despite their busy schedules, they never miss a good day at home. Here they are surfing a fun session a few miles down the road from their houses at Haleiwa, one of the jewels in the crown of Oahu and, on its day, one of the most fun and accessible waves on the North Shore.
Over the Valentine’s Day weekend 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and professional golfer Marcel Siem (Germany) teamed up for the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Slater and professional golfer Marcel Siem (Germany) partnered up for the charity event. Slater and Siem’s combined score earned them a fourth place finish overall, matching his finish on the 2014 Championship Tour (CT) rankings.
Kelly Slater, riding surfboards dedicated to departed friends, has reached the quarterfinals on Day 3 of the Volcom Pipe Pro, which is ongoing at the time of this writing. The 11-time world champion posted two of the three highest heat scores of the event, in Rounds 3 and 4. “I switched to a little smaller board; this is my Todd Chesser tribute board,” he told the WSL afterwards. A mentor and close friend to Kelly, Chesser died in 1997 while surfing an outer reef of Hawaii.
Kelly Salter, JOB and John John reaping the benefits of two days at Pipeline Shot by Simon Bez on the 20th and 23rd of January, there are also appearances from Mason Ho, Ezekiel Lau, Jeremy Florez, and more.