Kelly Slater joined the ASP Desk during the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters to talk board design, inspiration and friendly rivalries. Plus: What he really thinks about Medina’s win in Tahiti?
Seven-time Billabong Pipe Master Kelly Slater (USA) breaks down the ins and outs of Pipe, outlining his approach at each turn. It’s particulaly interesting that just like every other crowded wave in the world, Pipe also has a crowd of people just floating around following eachother, according to Kelly.
Here’s the current three world title contenders, being Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, sitting at the ASP desk for a Q and A session.
Earlier this year, surfing champion Kelly Slater chose not to renew his sponsorship contract with Quiksilver, after over two decades as the face of the troubled surfwear giant. Instead, he called up designer and fellow surfer John Moore (who was, this year, named American GQ Best New Menswear Designer for his surf lifestyle label M.Nii) to help him put his long held ambitions of launching his own brand into action.
The 2014 World Championship Tour season saw the rise of a new generation and the narrowing of the 34-man field to three World Title contenders. It all comes down to the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters. Check out the road to Hawaii with this 2014 recap.
From big upsets to Mick Fanning’s triumph, the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal shook up the World Title race. It now comes down to the wire and the final event of the year, the Billabong Pipe Masters, where three surfers – Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater – will have a chance to win professional surfing’s most coveted prize.
Everything you need to know heading into the ASP world title showdown between Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii December 8 – from the history of the event to current form of the contenders. All in Episode 3 of THE PIPELINE with Jed Smith
Every year the surfing world migrates to the North Shore of Oahu to crown a champion. Dakine – Backstage PIPE is a series of imagery, conversations, and perspectives you probably won’t see on a webcast. Mahalo to all the locals and North Shore communities for opening your home to the rest of the world every year. If you are visiting, please do your part to help the locals conserve and protect the amazing beauty and natural resources of Hawaii.
Back in September, Kelly Slater properly announced his new brand, Outerknown. His Quik exit recently came as a surprise to a lot of people. His name had become nearly synonymous with the mountain and the wave logo, but back in April, after a quarter century of dining at the Quiksilver table, the Champ asked to be excused.
Kelly Slater confirmed Tuesday to the ASP that he broke a bone on the second and third toes of his left foot. This comes after the 11-time World Champion visited doctors in Orange County, Calif., to assess the condition of an injury he sustained while surfing Cloudbreak in Fiji a few days prior. Slater’s doctors estimate he’ll be sidelined for approximately 3-to-4 weeks, but they anticipate he will be ready to surf at the Pipe Masters.