“It’s Your Fingers You’re Worried About?”: Surfing Icon Kelly Slater’s impromptu double entendre On NPR Showed He’s Not Just a Pretty Man

Published 11/25/2022, 2:30 PM EST
Kelly Slater during Kelly Slater Invitational Fiji – Day 4 – Celebrity Pro-Am Presented by Quiksilver at Restaurants in Tavarua Island, Fiji. (Photo by J.Sciulli/Getty Images)

Surfing is considered to be the most refreshing yet dangerous sport at the same time. Kelly Slater is a legend who needs no introduction to the contemporary world of surfing. having won the World Surf League (WSL) 11 times, Slater has also won 55 event titles. Slater is a master of the sport of surfing. Not to forget that he is also the youngest and oldest surfer to win the WSL.

In a 2009 podcast, Kelly Slater’s sarcasm was on another level. It looked like the pro surfer also had a lot of skills in sarcasm. He answered every single question with a pinch of sarcasm in the podcast. There was no escape from the surf legend!


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A sarcastic version of Kelly Slater:

While Kelly Slater was sharing his experience of surfing, he encountered a question. It was a question about his fingers getting puny and unattractive because they are always in contact with water.

RIO DE JANEIRO, RIO – MAY 12: Kelly Slater of the United States of America surfs during his Round 1 heat at the Oi Rio Pro on May 12, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Daniel Smorigo/World Surf League via Getty Images)

“It’s your fingers you’re worried about?” Slater said sarcastically and continued, “I don’t know get out of the water.” Everyone just burst out laughing when they heard Slater say this in 2009. It was even too hilarious for the host to handle.


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Slater had a straightforward answer to the question, too, as he recommended getting out of the water in such a scenario.

After listening, it seemed like Kelly Slater impressed everyone listening to the podcast with his sarcasm. This was quite unexpected from the surfing legend, as he always stays serious in the waves.

Number one in his game


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Slater, known for his surfing expertise, also has a lot of other skills. He isn’t just focused on surfing anymore.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 01: Kelly Slater is pictured during the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, on October 01, 2022, in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The legendary surfer also has a sustainable clothing line. His brand is called Outerknown and is pretty popular because of its quality. Slater has also contributed to the sport of surfing with wave technology. In 2015, he and the team at Kelly Slater Wave Co. brought modern wave pool technology to life.


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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.

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