More than just a surfer

Emirates Man - - FEATURE -

Slater started the Kelly Slater Wave Company back in 2008, with a goal of cre­at­ing a donut-shaped ma­chine in a pool in a pur­pose- built re­sort, that would give surfers the ul­ti­mate, per­fect wave ev­ery time. "If there are more waves to go around and they're all as good as the last one that came in, that's con­tribut­ing to world peace,” he once said. Did Slater once have a close en­counter with a great white shark? In April 2014, the surfer recorded footage on a GoPro of him­self rid­ing waves off the coast of Western Aus­tralia, which ap­peared to show one of the most feared crea­tures of the sea swimming past him. But Slater was quick to deny the claims. “The clear­est thing about this de­ba­cle to me is that you can't trust what you read and even what you think you see a lot of the time – so ques­tion ev­ery­thing.” He once per­formed with grunge leg­ends Pearl Jam. He played gui­tar for them for one song, Rockin’ In The Free, at a gig in 2006 in San Diego. Slater has a new fash­ion brand launch­ing in 2015. Lit­tle is known so far about the clothes Outer­known will be sell­ing, although Slater claims the company will show an, “obli­ga­tion to build bet­ter prod­ucts and un­der­stand the way our con­sump­tion im­pacts the world around us”. Fash­ion isn’t his only brand ex­ten­sion. In July this year he launched a new en­ergy drink called Purps, which he claims, “unites na­ture and sci­ence to pro­mote your life's health”. The drinks are or­ganic and con­tain six su­per fruits. He’s also had a go at act­ing and ap­peared in nine episodes of Bay­watch. He played Jimmy Slade, a surfer dude who lived in a van. Slater has dated many celebri­ties, in­clud­ing for­mer Bay­watch co- star Pamela An­der­son. Surf­ing isn’t the only sport he’s pas­sion­ate about. He’s a golfer with a + 2 hand­i­cap and is a blue belt at jiu- jitsu. “Surf­ing is like a mar­tial art,” he once said. “Good mar­tial artists use the most ef­fi­cient moves for get­ting the body to pro­duce more en­ergy. In surf­ing you have to master the same things – base, bal­ance on your feet, the act of turn­ing, bend and ex­tend your legs.”

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