Kelly Slater: Waveriders Cast bio

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Kelly Slater, Surfer

Kelly Slater is the record-breaking nine-times surfing World Champion.  He grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida and from humble beginnings went on to become the greatest surfer of all time.  Kelly became the youngest person to win a world title at the age of 21 at the end of his first year on tour.  Incredibly he now holds the record for being the oldest champion.

In 2005, he achieved the first perfect score in a modern ASP world tour competition of two ten-point rides.  This he achieved at one of the world’s deadliest, hollow reef breaks, Teahupoo in Tahiti.  In September 2007, Kelly also took the record for the most career contest victories to seal his reputation as the toughest competitor to beat on the ASP World Tour.

In addition to surfing, Kelly has appeared in countless film and television productions including Baywatch, Kelly Slater and the Young Guns and advertisements for L’Oreal.  In 2007, he was immortalised as a surfing penguin in the Hollywood animation, Surf’s Up, for which he provided the voice.  Kelly’s biography Pipe Dreams published in 2004 became a New York Times bestseller and has sold throughout the world.  He also featured in his own computer game, Kelly Slater Pro Surfer.

While filming Waveriders, Kelly visited Ireland, the country of his mother’s ascendants, for the first time and his first surf was captured on film to create one of the documentary’s memorable scenes.

A keen musician, having performed on stage with Pearl Jam and Jack Johnson, he took time to attend a traditional music session and vowed to return to Ireland to further explore not only the potential of the waves but also the musical heritage.

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