Kelly’s New Key

Slater presented with key to the city by the Mayor of Huntington Beach

Kelly Slater with a shiny new addition to his keychain. Photo: Lowe-White

On Tuesday afternoon, Kelly Slater was honored by Huntington Beach's Mayor Joe Carchio as the latest recipient of the key to Surf City. He was given the key for his iconic 10 World Championships, his long and robust surfing career, and for his charitable work across the globe. Droves of Huntington Beach surf fans of all ages showed up to watch the ceremony on Main Street, which was shut down for the afternoon event. When the presentation ended, fans crowded the stage hoping to get autographs, bringing everything from Big Issue covers from the ’90s to a box of chocolate chip cookies in hopes of getting them signed by the Champ.

Mayor Joe Carchio bestows the Champ with Surf City's highest honor. Photo: Lowe-White

Hordes of surf fans flocked to the stage to watch the ceremony. Photo: Lowe-White

Slatermania in full effect. Photo: Lowe-White