Kelly Slater has just announced a split from his sponsor of 20+ years, Quiksilver. I remember the first video (yes VHS!) Quiksilver released on Kelly back in the early 90's, "Kelly Slater in Black and White". It was clear to see he had something special about his surfing - untapped natural ability plus a competitive drive to be more than just one of the top guys. In that video, he commented on Tom Curren as an influence and saw Tom as the bench mark in competition with 3 world titles. From watching Kelly over the past 20 years, I can see inspiration drawn from Curren's fluent, effortless style but longevity on tour was something else. Kelly has won 11 world titles and been on tour for 23 years. Of the 23 years on tour, he has ranked outside the top ten only 3 times (his first 3 years on tour).
Will we ever see competitive surfing talent as good as Kelly Slater ? Not sure in my lifetime.
Read the article below from the ASP to find out what he's up to. Maybe an April Fool's prank ?