LA TIMES: Surfer Kelly Slater's wave of success is as big as ever



Surfer Kelly Slater’s wave of success is as big as ever


Slater is not only the most successful surfer ever (11 world titles), but he’s also one of the most accomplished athletes ever. And at 40, he’s surfing as well as he ever has.

Kelly Slater

( Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / August 2, 2012 )

Kelly Slater makes a cut atop a wave during a heat at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach on Thursday. Slater, who has won the ASP world title an unprecedented 11 times, is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.
By Baxter HolmesAugust 3, 2012

At the Florida shorebreak, the boy surveyed the Atlantic Ocean as it punched land.

He calculated the sizes and shapes of the undulating waves, analyzed the angles and directions as they arrived and deciphered what he believed was a language meant just for him.

“I felt like I was interacting with the waves,” Kelly Slater says, “and they were interacting with me.”

About a decade later, the 15-year-old danced with the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, and other surfers saw how he read the water in ways they could not, as if he were plugged into its energy and had uncovered secret rhythms.

“He had a connection with the way the ocean moved that was light-years beyond his peers,” says Chris Malloy, Slater’s longtime friend…

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