Five miles south of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, 36 surfers from around the world are gathering this week to compete in the 10th of 11 competitions that will crown the 2011 World Champion of surfing. On a stretch of coastline known for it's cold temperatures, riptides and crazy breaks called Ocean Beach, organizers are setting up for the Rip Curl Search ASP World Tour to begin Tuesday, November 1, 2011, prize $425,000.
|surfing photographers have to get in the water, cycling photographers do not get on the bike|
His total career earnings from competition has been $3,030,755.00, plus a number of sponsorships, typical of any pro athlete, including Quicksilver and Channel Island Surfboards (now owned by Burton), FSC fins, and Komunity gear. He is currently developing a new technology at Wave Company to create indoor waves for surf parks. He supports the Kelly Slater Foundation for ocean protection. Born in 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA, he calls Cocoa Beach, FL, Santa Barbara, CA, and Gold Coast, Australia home. @kellyslater
|“It's all about where your mind's at” ~ Kelly Slater |
There are few athletes who have won ten championships. Emanuel Rego is a Brazilian beach volleyball player who has won ten world championships, with different partners. The Cuban baseball team has won the world championship 10 times, with different players. John Cena is an American wrestler and a 12 time world champion. Belgian Stefan Everts is a 10 time world motocross champion. Chris John of Indonesia is a 10 time world featherweight boxing champion. American Randy Savage was a 10 time world heavyweight champion. American Mike Sigal is a 10 time world champion pool player. American Michael Phelps has won 12 Olympic gold medals in swimming.
Kelly Slater Top 10 waves of 2012 (video)
|Kelly Slater recently in Portugal|
|surfing fans at the 2011 Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia|
|image from the ASP World Tour in France in October 2011|