The bastion of surfing journalism that is the Los Angeles Times recently posted an article pretty much stating that Nine Time World Champion Kelly Slater is done with competitive surfing. But really, does anyone know for sure that Slater’s done? Does he know himself? Is he going to Brazil for the next World Tour event? Why does he wear a spring suit in Tahiti? Do you even care? Let us know your thoughts…
As reported on latimesblogs.latimes.com
What’s Kelly Slater’s next move?
The winner of nine world titles and undeniably the greatest competitive surfer of all time could not make it beyond the second round of an ASP World Tour contest for the third time in three competitions.
The latest person to send the legend packing, during the ongoing Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti, was Basque surfer Aritz Aranburu, who is ranked No. 39 in the world and had not even won a heat during the 2009 World Tour season.
Clearly, for Slater, the desire is gone. The flame has been extinguished. It’s as if the 37-year-old from Cocoa Beach, Fla., who clinched the title last year with two contests remaining, already has retired.
He said after the loss Monday afternoon (Tuesday in Tahiti): “That may have just given me an excuse for a big, long vacation.”