Much like the WSL, the organisation with which he's entwined, Kelly Slater has increasingly sidelined core surfers and aired his views, not in surf media, but in other outlets: tech mags, lifestyle mags, and most recently fitness mags. The following interview appeared in UK Men's Health, it's partly (and very subtly) an advertorial for Breitling watches, but it also features Slater putting his thoughts out there in a way we rarely see. Lotta interesting quotes but the take home message isn't bound by punctuation marks, it's the ambience of the interview, which is melancholy and drawn. The sun is setting on his pro career yet nothing is rising to fill the void.
'Even for younger athletes, surfing pounds particular body parts to breaking point. “At the moment, our feet,” says Fitzgibbons with a grimace. (Slater has suffered broken feet four times in his career.) Ankles and knees also take a beating. Nor does the upper body escape unscathed. “Shoulders get worn out after paddling,” says Gilmore. “Three of my best friends have bad enough lower backs right now that they can’t surf,” adds Slater.'
'Slater finds that he naturally recovers the required level of strength for surfing simply by surfing.'
'“Building up too much muscle could make me a little stiff.” '
'At about 5ft 9in and 73kg, he is shorter and slighter in person than you might expect'
No he's not, he's exactly like you'd expect with that training, all those endless injuries and that diet!!!
I'm outa here, I gotta go train people!!! One woman is heaps older than poor young slattsey, one of only 4 women in the world to have completed the toughest survival event on the planet. 4th overall last year, against all comers. Loves the weights!!! I'm outa here!!! Again!!!
One of the joyful things about being inept at conventional sport at high school is that your body starts surfing without a background of knee injuries, slams etc.
Perhaps ride more flowing boards to lessen the impact of those heavy hits?
Stu I get a hint that Kelly has looked into spiritual interpretations of what he's gone through, so things might not be as voided as you think. If it were me I'd get eccentric, build lots of flying boats, then go and use them. The diet example he gave seems to tick the boxes too, good oils, greens, clean out the metals, etc.
Crypto, your tag line of "I gotta get out a here and train people", blah blah has become quite repetitious. Indo alluded to that in another forum. Continuous repetition, (of an idea, or rant) does not necessarily make it so. I would much prefer to read a topic without your adverse input.
Other times when you are on topic, and not ranting, your thoughts are quite interesting and even informative. Why not embrace that personality and stick with it.
all the others are just noise.
Yours thoughts are all just noise P'tooey, so irrelevant.
I have to go and train more people... again... in a nutshell. P'tooeey!!!
Wildcard yes or no?
His hoof is cactus, howling hoof Robert. Nasty break though.
Anybody else wildcard yes or no?
What he should do is put together a fantastic team for outerknown. I feel it wont happen though.Robert's biggest danger is his Ego... let it be, let it go.
Always interesting to read a Kelly interview, but only area he loses me is his airy fairy diet things, but on the flip side something has worked pretty well for him, anyhow i thought they busted the detox diet thing?
BTW. Agree P'tai
I can’t believe Kelly Slater drinks more beer than I do.
No wildcard, time to wrap it up Bob
It wouldn't surprise me if old mate/living legend Kelly Slater takes a few years off the tour, gets bored, re joins tour in 4 years time, and goes on to win another world title. I mean why stop at 11 when you can have 12, one for every month of the year!
Rumour has it,
50 is the new 40.
lol 50 is the new 40 and we will be checking ID if you look under 37 now, not 27, and we will put the young ones on P plates for 10 years, not 3
I grow and eat raw greens daily Slats and sit on a quiet mind. You are on the right path. Still get slammed into the sand though.
It's called Bipolar disorder.