Winning Eleven: The Kelly Slater Years

November 12, 2011 | Surfing
Kelly Slater in 1992

"Why not just go for it right now?". These were Kelly Slater's words when he felt he could do it. The Floridian won his first world title in 1992. Here, he celebrates a victory in the Rip Curl Pro Landes, in Hossegor, France.

Kelly Slater in 1994

In 1994, Slater took several surf contests. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was the most important title of this year.

Kelly Slater in 1995

In 1995, Kelly Slater repeated world surfing glory. He claimed the Triple Crown of Surfing and started his road to endless heat wins a contest victories

Kelly Slater in 1996

In the pre-internet era, the Tour debuted the Quiksilver Pro G-Land. In 1996, Kelly also won the US Open of Surfing for the first time in his career.

Kelly Slater in 1997 | Photo: Joli

In 1997, Slater won seven surf contests in Australia, Japan and USA. Here, showing off his shiny cup to Joli.

Kelly Slater in 1998

The year 1998 marked the end of Kelly Slater's first cycle of world tour domination.

Kelly Slater in 2005

Tasting victory, after a six years without touching the world tour title. Slater returns to victories at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. A single wave reignited the flame in the Cocoa Beach rider. He took off on a lefthander, almost fell and recovered in the barrel zone to kick off the second cycle of world surfing domination.

Kelly Slater in 2006

Slater asked to be photographed in the middle of the crowd. Enjoying life in Mundaka, Spain, in 2006.

Kelly Slater in 2008

Preparing for the famous switch-foot barrel in Bali, Indonesia, in 2008.

Kelly Slater in 2010

Kelly Slater, the Portuguese ocean explorer, with the coolest Mayor on Tour, António José Correia.

Kelly Slater in 2011

Smile, you've won the 11th ASP World Tour title. Twice.