Anatomy of a surfer

TAKE A PEEK IN­SIDE THE MIND­SET AND ME­CHAN­ICS OF INFLUENTIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...

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NAME: ROBERT 'KELLY' SLATER (G.O.A.T) AGE: 45 HEIGHT: 1.75 M NA­TION­AL­ITY: AMER­I­CAN

1 Drive World champ 11 times, in­clud­ing five con­sec­u­tive ti­tles 1994–98. He is the youngest, just 20 when he won his first ti­tle in '92, and the old­est (39) to win the ti­tle. First to ever score a perfect 20, as it was best three waves prior (re­plac­ing Shane Beschen, who still holds the hon­our, whom nailed the perfect 30 at Kirra). Notched up WSL event wins: 55. Mantle­pieces col­lapsed due to sheer weight of tro­phies: un­known.

2 Feet Snapped two metatarsals in his right foot clean in two this sea­son at J-bay, where this photo was taken, as he put it on In­sty 'You ever folded your en­tire foot back­wards? If you try it some­time, this is what it might look like.' It's pos­si­bly put him out for the rest of the 2017 sea­son, didn't stop him catch­ing a wave at his in­au­gu­ral Wave Ranch test event re­cently. He broke bones in left foot in 2014 in sim­i­lar fash­ion at Cloud­break.

3 Flex­i­bil­ity Ex­tra flex­i­ble in back, like an S-curve, which aids his in­cred­i­ble re­cov­er­ies from moves. But now giv­ing him pain from sco­l­io­sis. Be­ing 45 this is en­tirely al­low­able. Not sure how it ef­fects his golf swing, as he is re­ally handy with a golf bat, play­ing off a hand­i­cap of two, not sure if this helps his surf­ing in any­way. But the cere­bral nature of golf must come nat­u­rally to the cal­cu­lat­ing sports brain in that bald dome.

4 Physique Of Ir­ish and Syr­ian her­itage Slater has sought knowl­edge his en­tire ca­reer fine tun­ing the ma­chine with good nu­tri­tion and train­ing. He has no time for flat-earth­ers. And now has many fingers in many busi­ness pies with KS Wave Co, Purps, Outer­known, Firewire and who knows what else to keep him busy into re­tire­ment from the tour.

5 Ride Not con­tent with chang­ing par­a­digms with long time shaper Al Mer­rick Kelly now has the keys to the cas­tle. He owns Firewire so now has his own sleds as Slater De­signs and a sta­ble of shapers like Tomo, Pyzel and Machado to boot. So he’s got his own wave, his own boards and own threads… Sorted. So he’s got his own wave, his own boards and own threads… Sorted.

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