"I feel like an ambassador for surfing at this point. I'm happy to go and play that role and share that where I can in certain areas of the mainstream media that doesn't get the surfing attention." --- Kelly Slater
As most of you know, Robert Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer and icon known for his competitive prowess and style. An 11 time World Surf League Champion, father, actor, advocate and friend, Kelly is quite an intriguing man who continues to pursue his passions. The Huckberry team shares their interview with Kelly Slater on the island of Kauai.
Road-tripping Kauai with Pro Surfer Kelly Slater
An exclusive interview with pro surfer Kelly Slater on building the perfect man-made wave, secret surf spots, travel hacks, Outerknown apparel, & more.
April 20, 2017 Words by Huckberry StaffPhotos By Jeff Masamori
Kelly Slater has been called the past, present, and future of surfing and for good reason — the Florida native has been crowned World Surf League champion a record 11 times, and was both the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. He’s a transcendent athlete who’s parlayed his accomplishments in the water into success far beyond it — from creating the world’s first man-made surf break, to environmental advocacy, to a multitude of entrepreneurial pursuits. Most recently, he partnered with John Moore, a GQ Menswear Designer of the Year, to create Outerknown, an apparel brand that combines his love of travel, sustainability, and style. They say don’t meet your heroes, but during our time with Kelly in Kauai, we found him to be sharp, sincere, and funny as hell. Below are a few highlights from our time with the “Michael Jordan of surfing.” Or, as we learned Dennis Rodman likes to call him, “Christian Slater.”