‘I Almost Broke My Board’: Here’s What Kelly Slater Has To Say About The Trick That Went Viral Worldwide

Was Kelly Slater's mistake-turned-miracle really 'worth nothing'?

Photo Montage: WSL / Youtube / Mpora

Anybody with both A) the internet and B) even a passing interest in action sports (which, given you’re reading this, we assume you are) will have seen the mind bending air that 11-time world number one surfer Kelly Slater stuck over the weekend.

If not, treat yourself. Go on, you’re worth it.

The insane aerial manoeuvre set pulses racing around the surfing world, but Slater’s run only registered a measly 4.17 out of 10 from the judges who were scoring the contest at the Hurley Pro at Trestles, California.

“it’s an incomplete manoeuvre. It’s worth nothing”

While other people have been outraged at what they think is a low score, Slater remains pretty laid back.

“I’m not too worried about it,” he said being in an interview after the heat. “I don’t know why so many people are, to be honest with you.

WSL Head Judge Richie Porta also spoke out about the score saying “If you do the most amazing aerial the world has ever seen… and you land on your belly, it’s an incomplete manoeuvre. It’s worth nothing. This is the top 34 in the world. [These are] the best surfers in the world”.

In fairness, we kind of see where Porta is coming from. However, let’s not let the low score or Slaters obvious surprise at hitting it take away from how down-right rad it was. Eve if it was an accident, maybe somebody will watch this and give it ago themselves, and land a 540 semi body varial thingy to get-up (or, The Mpora as we like to call it).

You may also like:

Watch: Kelly Slater Mistake-Turned-Miracle Goes Viral Around the Globe

Pro Surfer Tries Some Ridiculous Tandem Shredding… And It Doesn’t End Well


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.