Three years later, to no one’s surprise, Kelly Slater became the youngest world champion in the history of surfing.

Somehow, Slater has managed to endure a lifetime of competitive surfing, all the while not only keeping up with the times (something that has been notoriously hard for the older generation to do), but continually stamping new marks all over the sport.

Moment: Kelly Slater is born, and surfing is never the same.  ”Seeing Slater surf for the first time is like being led by the infant Jesus to the promised land.

The day Kelly Slater was born was the day surfing began to emerge from the cocoon that everyone before him had spun.

It’s hard to overstate the significance of his achievements: generation after generation, Kelly Slater has beaten them all, and done it with ease, grace, and style.

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kelly Slater is one of the greatest surfers of all time.