March 14, 2009


Filed under: Kelly Slater — Tags: , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 8:49 am

Kelly Slater Photo

Trekked through some wild seas to get there. © Shield

‘The Cape’ had the best banks ever but too small so we towed in to one footers then bodysurfed for about 200-300 yds on some after diving off the boards. Crazy.

Benji Wetherley broke his nose when his board hit him at the end of the session as we were both riding one. Trevor Hendy (6’3″) rode my 5’4″ on a few and loved it. Jimmy O’Keefe, Tom Servais, Shieldsy, and our friend Jacko joined us and most everyone got a few waves.


Bodysurfing the sandbar earlier with Benji. © Shield

It was a hell ride upwind on skis to get there made all the worse when we arrived to small surf but we made the most of it, and the erosion on the coastline ride up revealed some pretty crazy earth below that we don’t normally see. Colors I didn’t know existed in sand, from pinks to blacks to reds to oranges and yellow and everything in between. I hit the shore and collected some for keepsakes.


Benji with a pound of ice on his nose at the pub. © Shield

Watched the Coldplay gig in Brisbane last week, which was an amazing production. Chris Martin headed down one day to see the event but it had been cancelled for the day just shortly before. He spent time watching the free-surfing instead and we couldn’t talk him into joining us and our best three hundred friends at the Superbank running into Greenmount.


Snapper. © Joli

I didn’t quite have the success I was looking for in the event obviously, but it was a first for me and quite enjoyable riding my own shaped equipment. Maybe it was a good thing I lost early and it’ll throw ’em off the scent for a while should I have some success with it in the future.

Everyone seems to have their opinions about my choices but that’s just fine. They’ve gotten me here and I think that’s ok for now. If you’re not a genius I guess you’re a fool. I’ll tell you what, I almost couldn’t steal my board back off of Tom Carroll the other day. Might need a safe to put ’em in shortly if he’s around much.

Don’t want that back foot stomping my tails down before I can lay a few turns on rail without getting it out of the ding shop first. Small man, heavy foot. Just watch him drive. I’m off back to CA now. Back to the drawing board and having some fun.

Bye for now.




  1. I’m a fat, slow, untalented surfer (but I have a lot of fun anyway), and I’ve been riding a roundnose fish 5’7” x 19 1/4 x 2 1/4 for the last 3 years (I snapped it two weeks ago) and was the best board I’ve ever had, so if a 5’7” worked for me, for sure a 5’4” can be the one for Kelly, I don’t undestand so mutch buzz for riding a board a little bit shorter than usual…



    Comment by dani — March 15, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  2. Good on Ya Mate,
    I would love some dimensions ,For that secret weapon!

    Down here in costa rica we are all going to 5’8″ft.TWIN FINS !

    They are super loose , for instant rail to rail adjustments while screamin thru the critical sections of the barrel!

    Pura Vida PINO

    Comment by Greg Pino — March 17, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  3. I did not see one ounce of hindrance in Kelly Slater’s performance due to his smaller self-designed boards at the Quiky Pro. Much like I did not see one ounce of hindrance in his performance at the Pipeline Masters. Though it is interesting how quickly many are to forget who (handedly) won that contest. I say keep riding them, conventional shapes are dated and boring.

    Comment by Andre — March 17, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  4. Your the man Kelly!!! Having fun is the most important thing bro, dont ever forget that.

    Comment by Larry Felton — March 18, 2009 @ 1:14 am

  5. Kelly you seem very content these days and it’s great that your having more fun living your amazing life. Keep shaking things up and just enjoy, you’ve got nothing to prove. Melbourne Beach wishing you well.

    Comment by Blake O — March 18, 2009 @ 4:48 pm


    Comment by ERIK BALDWIN — March 21, 2009 @ 6:25 am

  7. Hey Kelly,

    If you want to try something completely different come up (and across) to Nova Scotia and we’ll take you on a surf-about. Lots of varied locations and conditions to test some of your new shapes on depending on the time of year if you know the right people (us!). Both Carroll and Curren have popped in over the years. For a preview you can check it out at

    Good luck on it all


    Craig Moore

    Comment by cmdacane — March 23, 2009 @ 4:08 am

  8. Hya Kelly,
    great to see you’re enjoying riding your Quad boards and also occasionally competing on them.
    Would be interesting to know if you are basing your fin positioning off your own trial and error testing or if you have other references as well that have been helpful.
    Also, have you have ridden any quads in powerful waves with the boards being standard ‘Thruster’ shapes but with quad set-ups?

    Have you ever tried a set of K2.1 plus an extra back fin in your quads or maybe all fins of equal size suitable for your weight?

    What is your current favorite quad fin combo, or do you have a few?

    Could you see yourself competing in waves such as ‘Cloud Break’ or ‘Teahupoo’ with Quads?

    Thanks. McKee

    Comment by Bruce McKee — March 30, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  9. I can´t wait to try out one of the new “deep six” surfboards you are riding. This is great. I am getting older and my boards are getting shorter. I am 38 and currently riding a 5´8 SuperTwin model that feels great even on 6 to 8 ft. waves. You get earlier and deeper in the tube without all the extra nose when taking off in the slabs around here in Lanzarote, waves like El Quemao and La Izquierda.
    What do you think of the new surfboard technology Robie Page is coming up with?? Its 98% recyclable surfboards. Like Jack Jonson´s song “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

    Comment by David Seri — April 3, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

  10. You Rock Kelly !!
    Keep focous and i’m very happy to hear that u stop drinking, you will feel that u don’t need acohool in your blood anymore, not even the wine! good for you !!
    I’m 1 year without the very little wine, and i can feel the benefits in my paddle!
    Hope see you in Brazil this year !!
    I don’t think you is the best surfer, you are the best athlet EVER !!!
    Your history and legacy won’t be just in the surf territory, but in all sports fields, the greatest
    atlet the the world had ever known.
    All the best for you KS !!
    xxx Julia

    Comment by Julia ( Brazil) — April 7, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  11. Kelly has been a major influence to my surfing! i am a young grom and i have both his books. He has such an optimistic outlook on everything. He has also convinced me to stay away from drugs. If i could meet one person, i would pick him. He’s kinda cute too. I’m not even good at surfing… yet, i can barely stand up! But whenever i feel down on myself, i go surfin’ and everythings better!
    All groms! i would love to hear from you!

    Comment by laurel beargeon — April 21, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  12. Kelly! He’s my idol! I’m not that good at surfing…yet.. but Kelly Slater has given the hope that i will get better! Anyway, i love his optimistic outlook on life. I’ve been feeling down lately, but when i’m surfing, everything is great!!! I am just a grom, and hope to receive some tips! I snowboard too! But i snowboard better than i surf! I still am a surfer though!

    Comment by laurel beargeon — April 21, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  13. Kelly, I am a 50 year old surfer and am stoked to see you still killing it at your age.Your surfing inspires all ages!! Keep shooting for that 10th. Cheers Dave

    Comment by Dave.V. — April 22, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  14. Kelly, I have always been inspired by your surfing. You do it for the love, so many of us weekend and after work surfers like myself look up to you for that reason. Rip it and never back down.

    Comment by Surfboy — July 4, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

  15. Hey Kelly thanks for taking the time to jot down some of your thoughts of your trip and your boards.
    interesting the direction your taking with boards good to see a pro riding boards that are not the norm as most seem to ride the same things all the time. Thats kinda limiting to your surfing not to be open to trying new types of craft.

    keep up the good work….seems to be alot of support out there for you and your new ideas with your boards so don’t worry about the negitvie feed back Tall poppie syndrome!


    Comment by Andy NZ — July 18, 2009 @ 7:38 am

  16. Sup Kelly, was watching a vid of you and dane on MSW, and was wondering.. WHERE IS THIS WAVE??? I live in Port Elizabeth, 30 minutes from J-Bay – I’ve surfed most of the waves down the coast, this wave just looks totally different to me..

    Here’s the link:

    If you ever get a chance to let me know, please do! My e-mail is
    I’m graduating from school at the end of this year, and hopefully getting a cheap car from my parents, so having this spot on my list would be amazing!

    Keep ripping
    James Booth-Jones

    Comment by Jamo — August 12, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  17. hi kely!!!!eu te sigo com suas manobras , e tenho conseguido fazer suas preferidas como seus 360,etc com seu estilo me desculpe mas te copio te admiro ,,sou do (pier de mongagua SP), e la tem boas ondas…nunca te vi de perto espero que acnteça um dia , e possamos tirar manobrinhas juntos ….aloha!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by fabio afonso (xebinha) — August 13, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

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