Out of everyone on Tour, Kelly Slater is the most surprising. Which is surprising in itself, because he’s been on Tour for so long. But it seems that in nearly every contest, Slater is doing something that seems nearly impossible. The wave above earned him a 9.57, which came as no surprise. It really was an amazing wave.
But of course, everyone’s always going to judge the judges, so for a quick comparison, let’s have a look at Jadson Andre’s 9.37. Both incredible waves. Both in the trickiest of conditions. One by Kelly Slater, the undisputed king of our watery court, and one by Jadson Andre, the smiling-est, airing-est, underrated Brazilian.