Real talk with Kelly Slater

During the Nike US Open of Surfing, Kelly Slater sat down with Sal Masekela at the Shorebreak Hotel and had a very, very candid discussion. This is the footage of that discussion, in which Kelly talks about many different things like Dane Reynolds, Twitter, sunscreen and more. He offers some excellent insights. Kelly’s thoughtfulness and articulation make him a very good interview subject.

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The Interview shed an entirely new light on a man that has been idolizing for years and in the process made me think about how I really feel when it comes to the state of the “sport” as it currently sits. Kelly states that he “doesn’t care what happens to competitive arena of surfing”. This is a bit of a contradiction given that Slates has made nearly his entire career on the back of the contest scene.

But with that being said it is also no secret that he is less than happy with what has been happening to the World Championship format and it’s direction for future athletes. He talks about the comparison with surfing to the NFL, NBA or other governing bodies in the mainstream sports and how no other elite level athletics depend so heavily on the money coming in from sponsors.


The man seems content to just surf, which works because he has mountains of money to fall back on. But he quotes Dane Reynolds in the interview who definitely shares a mindset with the likes of the aforementioned surf enthusiasts.

So take from this video what you will, but what I am going to do with the new-found insight is continue to sculpt and shape my ideas of surfing on a regular basis. Because knowledge is power, and growth is a thing of beauty. So Kelly and Sal, while I may be jealous and envious of you now I am incredibly thankful for the fact that you continue to teach me with everything you are doing to move this lifestyle forward.


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