Retirement is not an easy road to navigate for the professional athlete. There’s no alarm that let’s you know when to hang things up. There’s no roadmap that guides you on what to do next. For Kelly Slater, it seems as though he’s been wrestling with the idea of walking away for quite some time. And today, he announced via Instagram that he’s looking down the barrel of what will be his last year on tour.
My last wave in Portugal the other day. Sick little bank with just @patchy_o and myself. Hugely inspired by the young guys on tour these past few months and what @john_john_florence has accomplished this year. So next year I'm gonna get my shit (and my body) together for real and see if I can make a last run at a title. Then I'll go find the best waves on earth til my last day before being freeze dried and used as plant food to make a #Koa and #Monkeypod tree on my property or take the carbon from my ashes and make a diamond from it for my family. (Don't forget to drop some of me in the tube also!) 🌊💨🏄🏽💍🐒🌲
Kelly Slater, who made his first appearance on tour in 1990 and has since won eleven world titles, will not only go down as the greatest competitive surfer of all time, but as one of the most dominant athletes as well. We are confident that the end of Kelly’s career on tour will only mark the beginning of what will be one of the most entertaining sprees of freesurfing to date.