Read: Kelly Slater in GQ
Ostensibly it's an interview about diet, the title of the story is The Real-Life Diet of Kelly Slater, Who Thinks Everyone Should Be in Therapy, and what Slater eats may interest some people, yet it's his retirement plans...or lack of, that makes for the most enlightening passage.
GQ: Why do you keep coming back? Are you ever gonna leave?
Kelly Slater: Why do I still do this and how long will I do this? I'm definitely getting to the end of the line here.
I won Pipeline this year. I've said for years that if I won Pipeline again, I'm gonna retire right then and actually on the last wave I won. I did it and said “I'm fucking done.” But I had already committed to the year, so I said I'm gonna do the year and go see the fans and friends around the world and kinda do a send-off. I don't know if I did the tour this year for the right reasons. I don't know if I did it for me or for other people in a way. I don't know that my heart's really been in the competitive aspect of it so much. As you grow and get older, different things become important. Beating this guy or winning that heat is not the same as it was to me in my 20s or even my 30s—or even in my 40s! If I can really put everything into surfing next year and make the Olympics then the Olympics will be the end for me, but if not, I might finish before then.
So there you have it: Kelly Slater was gonna retire in February but didn't, and he may retire next year, but may not, in which case he might retire the year after.
The whole interview can be read here.