They had a genuine rivalry, and they respected themselves.

Kelly Slater and Irons shared unforgettable moments in the recent history of surfing. But they also had different ways of looking at each other. After the "Baywatch" era, Slater felt he should prove the quality of his surfing.

Listen to his words one by one, and you'll notice how subtle relationships can be.

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