Who knew? Kelly Slater used to be a lawn care provider? He keeps his brain somewhere? He secretly covets free vitamin C and Glucosamine? We caught up with 7-time world champion (working on 8) Kelly Slater recently to unearth some humanoid factoids in this installment of HUMAN TOUCH. – Scott Bass
Do you collect anything?
Kelly Slater: Shells from every place I go.
Do you speak another language?
Kelly Slater: I speak Spanish, though I’ve lost a lot of words, and understand quite a lot of French. I want to be fluent in Japanese and French before it’s all over.
Do you own a longboard? What size, dimensions, etc.
Kelly Slater:My brother, Stephen, gave me one of his 9’2″ Donald Takayama models.
Do you train or work out other than surfing.
Kelly Slater: I try to keep my brain in a good space aware of my surroundings. I don’t really have a physical routine other than stretching and working out from time to time but not on a scheduled thing.
What is your earliest surfing memory?
Kelly Slater: Riding Styrofoam boards from the thrift store.
What is your quirkiest pre or post surf habit?
Kelly Slater: I’m not sure. Maybe sticking to the same routine when I’m doing well in an event.
Do you have any pets?
Kelly Slater: Just my friends’ pets all over the world, none of my own right now.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it
Kelly Slater: Some of my choices.
What is the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Kelly Slater: Picking weeds.
If you could be sponsored by one non-surfing product, what would it be?
Kelly Slater: Maybe a supplement or health food company.
Have you done any significant environmental work recently?
Kelly Slater: Not enough. Just raising awareness of Reef Check and MiOcean, a group I work with in Southern CA. Jack’s kind of setting the pace for us with the Kokua Foundation.
What is the gnarliest injury you’ve sustained, surfing or otherwise?
Kelly Slater: Torn ligaments in the knee and ankle from a strapped in wipeout. Two months out of the water. Not too bad.
Do you believe in God?
Kelly Slater: I believe in a higher power and natural flow to all things. There is something bigger than us but I'm not sure it’s a physical being. We are in heaven as I see it and that choice is there all the time.