KELLY SLATER – 2012 House Coast Sports activities Corridor of Fame INDUCTEE
ABOVE VIDEO: The 51-year-old Slater, who graduated from Cocoa Seaside Jr/Sr. Excessive College in 1991, has been topped ASP World Champion a document 11 occasions, together with 5 consecutive titles from 1994–1998, and was not solely the youngest title-holder in ’92, but additionally the oldest when he claimed the title at age 39. He’s additionally the all-time chief in profession WCT occasion wins. (Video Air Date Might 2012)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Cocoa Seaside native and House Coast Sports activities Corridor of Famer Kelly Slater was awarded the WSL Season Wildcard for 2023-2024. The Season Wildcard provides Slater entry into Championship Tour (CT) occasions following the Mid-season Lower and entry into the primary half of the 2024 CT season.
Slater, as a former World Champion, and Defay, as a earlier Remaining 5 competitor, will earn rating factors because the Season Wildcards and thus might be eligible for the WSL Remaining 5 rankings, the place the High 5 surfers on the lads’s and ladies’s CT will compete within the Rip Curl WSL Finals to compete for the 2023 World Title.
Slater’s rating factors may also give him the chance to compete for provisional qualification for the Olympic Video games Paris 2024.
The WSL is the Tier 1 pathway to qualification for the world’s finest surfers to the Olympic Video games. Of the 48 athletes competing within the video games, the High 18 opponents (10 males and eight girls) will qualify by way of the 2023 WSL Championship Tour’s closing rankings.
Every nation can solely qualify a most of two males and two girls. Study extra about Olympic qualification at WorldSurfLeague.com/QualificationSeason.
11-time World Champion Slater is considered the best aggressive surfer of all time, holding almost each main document within the sport, together with 11 World Titles, 56 CT victories, and being each the youngest and oldest World Champion in males’s historical past. He’s had an enormous affect on the game via his progressive browsing, aggressive nature, and wave system expertise.
Slater’s unbelievable profession began with profitable Rookie of the 12 months in 1990 and spans greater than three a long time. He gained his first World Title in 1992 and his most up-to-date Title in 2011.
In 2022, Slater claimed his 56th CT victory at Pipeline, only a few days earlier than his fiftieth birthday. Now at age 51, Slater is searching for including yet one more World Title and a provisional Olympic qualification to his identify.
Cocoa Seaside is House
Born in 1972 and raised in Cocoa Seaside, the place he nonetheless resides, Slater realized easy methods to surf within the Atlantic waters at Fourth Road North together with his older brother Sean and his youthful brother Stephen.
In Slater’s opinion, Cocoa Seaside is nearly as good a spot as any to develop the basics and abilities wanted to be a championship surfer.
“It breaks farther out,” he says, “so it’s simpler to study. If I had the selection of studying in Florida or Hawaii, I’d select Florida. You don’t attempt to run earlier than you’ll be able to stroll.” Sebastian Inlet remains to be one in every of his favourite browsing venues.
As a perennial beginner champion, which included six Japanese Browsing Affiliation and 4 nationwide titles, Slater and his brother Sean began to seem in board-shorts adverts within the mid-80s, and when he was prepared to affix the professional ranks in 1990, he was some of the recognizable athletes within the sport of browsing.