So I get to catch up with them for maybe a couple of weeks or a couple of months at the most in a year.I like to play music by myself at home, and I just learn songs that I like or write songs that I hear in my head.We had heard that Kelly was scheduled to be playing golf with Quiksilver young gun Julian Wilson and team manager Belly at a golf course close to the centre of Biarritz.
But, you know, generally it’s just a pain in the ass because they catch as many waves as I do, and we’re just competing for waves with each other all the time.
I’d hate to be some guy who was just at his local beach when we show up. The contestants’ area at a WCT event is like an F1 Grand Prix paddock in flip-flops. There’s Shelby, his energetic publicist, and Catlin, from Quiksilver in California, as well as ever-present girlfriend Kalani.
I’d rather be oblivious to it and just surf by myself or with a couple of friends and not have any expectations from people.
Whether they think you’re killing it just because you stand up and you’re a pro surfer, or if they’re critical of you and think you’re surfing like a kook because they expect a lot out of you, it takes away from the fun of it in some ways.
Is Kelly Slater surfing’s otherworldly Shaman or simply a kid from Cocoa Beach made good?
As the circus descends on Hossegor and the World Tour gathers pace, all eyes are fixed on the demigod that could be crowned Champion for an unprecedented tenth time.
I’ve got to think about the heat I’m in, the wave I’m going for. You’ve got to have a clear head, and you’ve got to have nothing else you’re worrying about in your life.
You also have to try to be aware of a lot of things, and to be aware of things on a deep level.
When you’re not competing, how do you like to spend your day? To me it’s just a great thing lifestyle-wise, to spend hours and hours golfing with your friends just talking about life, family, kids, houses… A lot of guys, almost all the guys I [used to] surf on tour with, aren’t on tour any more, except one guy, Taylor Knox.