- 20 November 2010 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has exchanged a few ideas with CNN's national correspondent Jason Carroll. The 10-time world surfing champion kicked off the interview explaining why he is still in physical form with 38 years old.
Slater says getting married and having kids was a choice of many surfers in the Tour and that probably changes everybody's life a bit.
But he has other thoughts on is remarkable achievement. "I think I found what I'm probably best at. I'm getting the essence of what is it to be in the ocean and ride a wave. I also enter in a focus zone, concentrating in what I'm doing", reveals the Floridian.
"In competition you have to be mentally prepared for anything that can happen, good or bad. You have to be able to see things ahead of time. I spend a lot of time trying to be prepared for all type of scenarios and not letting them bring you down or build you up too much to where you feel invincible. I try not to let emotions rule your physical ability".
Kelly Slater's interview with CNN ended with his own concept of surfing.
"We have our own lifestyle, our own culture. It's not a mainstream culture, it's a lifestyle choice for hardcore surfers who love to surf. Whatever they do for work is basically about making money so they can live their lifestyle by the beach". CNN calls him "the greatest athlete you've never heard of". Excuse me?
- 19 November 2010 | Surfing
Surfers are going wild at the Reef Hawaiian Pro. After Parko's pumping day, two-time world champion Mick Fanning decided to ring the bell by scoring high in the round of 64.
As the competition enters the last 32 surfers, the flags are being raised. There are 15 Australians, six Hawaii surfers, four Brazilians, two Californians and one surfer apiece from Florida, New Zealand, Tahiti, France, and the Canary Islands.
Fanning had a really incredible day beating Alex Smith, Raoni Monteiro and Pablo Paulino with 9.37 and 8.17 (17.54 total) waves. "I shifted all of my focus to the Triple Crown and this year I really just want to win an event here in a Hawaii" says Fanning. "Watching Joel yesterday go absolutely nuts, coming back after being out for so long, kind of inspired me a fair bit.
- 19 November 2010 | Surfing
Kelly Slater and the state of Florida have been offered a bronze statue in honor of the 10 world titles conquered by the surfer from Cocoa Beach.
The unveiling event was attended by hundreds of fans and humor was all around. "I've never thought they'd stop traffic for me", joked Kelly. The work of art stands at Triangle Park, on State Road A1A, across from the "Glass Bank".
Skip Beeler, the mayor of Cocoa Beach, had the opportunity to highlight Slater's brilliant surfing career and the pleasure to erect this bronze statue in his homeland. Cocoa Beach's new attraction was designed by Sam Drazich and sister Tasha and it took four years to be completed. The overall investment is worth $150,000.
The "new" Kelly Slater is 11 times the original's height and is built to withstand 140 mph winds. Florida is definitely proud of his best known surfer boy.
"We're famous for astronauts and space and he ranks almost with them. What he's done is not likely to happen again, just like walking on the moon", Beeler said.