Now 41 years old, American Kelly Slater first appeared on the ASP World Tour in 1991, and has only missed three seasons since then. He has been crowned world champion a record 11 times, including five consecutive titles from 1994 to 1998, and he is both the youngest and the oldest surfer to win the title.
Over his career, he has won an incredible 53 world title events, including seven in 1996, six in 2008 and 2010, and five in 1997. His victory at the Boost Mobile Pro at Trestles in 2007 was his 34th, and took him past Tom Curren's long standing career record. In 2013, he is still going strong, with victories already at the Volcom Fiji Pro and the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and he currently lies in second place overall with three events of the season still to go.
Kelly was born on 11th February 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and has become a legend in the world of competitive surfing, undoubtedly the highest-profile name the sport has ever had.
His incredible style on the board was perfectly encapsulated by his performance in the final heat of the 2005 Billabong Tahiti Pro contest at Teahupo'o, where he became the first surfer ever to be awarded two perfect scores for a total 20 out of 20 points under the ASP two-wave scoring system. He was again awarded two perfect scores at the quarter finals of the Volcom Fiji Pro in 2013.