- 07 February 2012 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has been named 2012 Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year. The 11-time world surfing champion from Cocoa Beach, Florida, has won his fourth Laureus Award, equalling the record of Roger Federer, the only other four-time winner.
The US surfer has confirmed his 11th world surfing title, a few months before reaching 40 years of age, which will occur on the 11th February.
Kelly Slater is considered the best surfer of all time. He has been competing in pro surfing for more than two decades and holds an impressive strength and determination to win, every year. He has already been confirmed in the 2012 ASP World Tour.
Kelly Slater was running in the 2012 Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year titlea against Jamie Bestwick (BMX), Philip Köster (Windsurfing), Carissa Moore (Surfing), Travis Rice (Snowboarding) and Shaun White (Skateboarding/Snowboarding).
Tennis player Novak Djokovic took the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, after his impressive 2011 when he won three Grand Slam events: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Djokovic took Rafael Nadal away from the world No 1 tennis ranking.
2012 Laureus World Sports Awards:
Sportsman: Novak Djokovic
Sportswoman: Vivian Cheruiyot
Team: FC Barcelona
Breakthrough: Rory McIlroy
Comeback: Darren Clarke
Disability: Oscar Pistorius
Action: Kelly Slater
Lifetime Achievement: Bobby Charlton
Sport for Good: Raí