Continuance: The Kelly Slater documentary series - video
The limelight might be slowly slipping away but ol' Baldy has engineered a way to stay in the game: a web series! Just like John John, Mason, Seabass, and even Dion all those years ago.
It's called 'Continuance' and it'll follow him around the world this year as competes on the tour. At least I assume that's the plot, the first instalment is mostly filmed on the Gold Coast.
Ostensibly it's to celebrate the people and places that are close to Kelly, but there are some subplots to consider. How much of it will be Kelly controlling the retirement narrative? And how much is it a platform for Kelly's business interests such as OK, Slater Designs, and his hot tub? In answer to the latter, there's no free embedding from Vimeo, you'll have to click through to the OK website to watch it. I don't know, maybe buy a beanie while you're there.
Watch it through to the credits and you'll see the name of the director and producer is Alek Parker. Slater and Parker have some history and not just because they're both from Florida. Ten years ago Slater's Komunity Project sponsored Alek Parker, but this was before he quit pro surfing and took up photogaphy and film work, eventually landing a gig with Vice.
It's a plum job for Parker and he's got a fully kitted production team behind him. I look forward to seeing how this series unfolds.