“I Might…”: Kelly Slater Shares a Cryptic Message Days After Saddening 2024 Paris Olympics Update

Published 03/13/2023, 10:19 AM EDT

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Surf legend, Kelly Slater’s retirement news has been going around for a while now. After he hinted at it in 2019, it’s all the surfing domain can wonder about. Recently, the athlete teased another concluding note on his surfing career while at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Slater enlightened his fans with a complete tour of the competitor area. However, he ended the tour with a message that might send put fans into a dilemma all over again. 

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In an Instagram story, the icon implied that this might be his very last event in Portugal. This came just days after he revealed his expectation from the 2024 Olympics, and that it would mark his exit from pro competing. 

Kelly Slater is serious about his retirement 

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Although many might find it hard to believe, the 51-year-old surfer seems determined on his retreat from the field. As per the social media update, he enthusiastically showed around the premises of the pro event, however, there was a solid purpose behind it. He ended his tour in the dressing room with a lingering emotion. “I’m done for the year. I might be done forever in Portugal, we’ll see…” the 11x WSL champion denoted. 

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Adding to it, Slater shed light on the matter in another of his interviews last month. The interview was primarily based on his Apple TV+ series promotion, Make or Break. Apart from that, he gravitated towards the vision for his achievement-laden athletic journey. The pro disclosed that he aspires to compete at the games next year, since, he wasn’t able to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Furthermore, the legend emphasized that he shall conclude his career for good after that. “If I make the Olympics, I’ll retire at the Olympics,” Slater claimed. Albeit, it is questionable as to why the illustrious surfer wished to retire all of a sudden. 

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Kelly Slater reasons his exit from surfing

In contrast to his previous revelations, where Slater implied that he has every intention to be surfing until the age of 90, the athlete’s retirement comes off as a shock. Nevertheless, he clarified his decision once, per sources. In 2016, the American star, 44, opened up about the physical limitations that might hint at the reasons for his decision. After years of physical drainage and injuries, it’s the human constraints that have nudged the legend to speculate the end of his p. And the world can’t help but be supportive of his resolve. 

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The surfing world is fortunate to have been graced by Slater’s presence. Even though the news is disheartening, it would take long to find someone who matches his contributions to the sport. What are your views on his retirement decision? Is it too soon or too late? Let us know in the comments. 

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Tiyasa Biswas

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Tiyasa is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. She charts her journey in the sporting world right from her childhood. A basketball player all through her high school and college days, Tiyasa looks up to Michael Jordan as her idol, and reveres the Mamba Mindset.
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