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G-Land Surf Legend : Kelly Slater

One of the G-Land Surf Legend is Robert Kelly Slater was born on February 11, 1972, at Cocoa Beach, FL, USA, known as Kelly Slater. As an American professional surfer, he has competitive prowess and inspirational style.
He is widely regarded as the greatest professional surfer in the history of the surf sport. Kelly “The G-Land Surf Legend” Slater was back to G-land for 9 hours amazing surf after win the Quiksilver Pro Indonesia Championship.

Slater has been crowned ASP World Champion for 9 times record, including 5 consecutive titles from 1994-98. He is the youngest surfer (at age 20) and also he is the oldest (at age 36) to win the title.

Since 1990, Slater has been sponsored primarily by surfwear industry giant Quiksilver. He exclusively rides Channel Islands surfboards equipped with his own signature series of FCS fins.

In 1995 he win Indonesia Quiksilver Pro Championship at G-Land, one of the top 20 waves on the planet.

Upon winning his 5th world title in 1997, Slater passed Australian surfing legend Mark Richards to become the most successful champion in the history of the sport.

The previous record was held by Slater’s childhood hero, 3-time world champion Tom Curren.In addition to the ASP tour, Slater has also competed in the X-Games (in 2003 and 2004).

In May 2005, in the final heat of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupoo, Slater became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP two-wave scoring system.

The corresponding honor under the previous three-wave system belongs to fellow American Shane Beschen who achieved the feat in 1996.

In 2007 he also became the all-time leader in career event wins by winning the Boost Mobile Pro event at Lower Trestles near San Clemente, California.

In the 2008 Billabong Pipeline Masters he rode a 5’11” in 6-8 foot Pipeline, while all other competitors were riding boards a foot or more longer. This ‘Deep Six,’ as he is calling it, is the latest in Kelly‚Äôs quest to ride boards shorter than normally thought possible in surf conditions all over the world.

On October 3, 2008, Slater won his ninth ASP world title at the Billabong Pro Mundaka by defeating local surfer Eneko Acero in the 3rd round. 2008 was also a season in which Kelly drastically changed the surfboards he was riding, veering away from the standards that have been in place for years.

source :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Slater

photo by Jason Childs at www.grajagan.com

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