Robert Kelly Slater was born on February 11, 1972, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
He is an American professional surfer known for his competitive prowess and style. He has been crowned ASP World Tour Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles in 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title.
In May 2005, in the final heat of the Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupo’o, 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.
Favorite Surf Spots
Some of his favorite surf spots include Mondos in Ventura, California, as well as Pipeline in Hawaii, Kirra in Australia, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, Minis in Ireland, Taghazout in Morocco, Soup Bowls in Barbados, Sebastian Inlet near his home in Florida and Bilgola Beach in the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia
Slater has become a fundraiser and spokesperson for suicide prevention awareness. He has surfed in celebrity events for Surfers Against Suicide, telling sports website ‘Athletes Talk’: “I’ve lost a couple of friends myself to suicide and it’s just a horrible thing that can be prevented. People get in this dark place and they don’t know what to do so it’s always nice to see a non-profit that isn’t turning into anything else other than just trying to help people.
Besides breaking every surfing record in surf history, Slater is still bringing new innovations and progressions in surfing many on the world tour half his age wish they could do. He has set a new standard to what a pro surfer can do well passed his 30’s. Above all his accomplishments which are amazing, I think that is the most iconic.
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