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“They’re Not All So Glorious”: 29 Years After Special Career Moment, Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Makes a Shocking Revelation

Published 06/08/2023, 11:39 AM EDT

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The greatest surfer in history, Kelly Slater, is the liveliest athlete we have ever seen. The Florida native won his first World Surf League championship at age 20, becoming the youngest surfer ever to do so. His championship winnings kept on adding up to a record 11 times, making him the most successful professional surfer in the sport’s history. A record that still stands today.

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The surfing legend holds 56 Championship Tour victories and many incredible standout moments in his blooming surfing career. One such surfing win cemented his name in surfing history and set the stage for his future successes. In his recent story, he sheds light on what happened in the 1994 finals.

Looking back at the golden moment in Slater’s legacy


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On June 7, 2023, the 11x World Surf League champion took to his Instagram handle to pull off the curtains from his 1994 feat. Sharing the video of Pipemasters finals in 1994, the surfer added, “I’ve won Pipemasters a few times but they’re not all so glorious“. The clip brought back memories of Slater’s finest performances back in the day. One of the greatest heats in surfing history saw him compete against Ross Williams, Vetea David, and Sunny Garcia.

He further conceded, “I won my second world title when @shanepowelly bowed out in the semis and I made this final in 1994, surfing at Ehukai on the sandbar. The waves literally weren’t breaking at Pipe or Backdoor this day, and it was the end of the waiting period. I believe @sunnygarcia finished runner-up followed by @veteadavid and @rosswilliamshawaii.”


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The video highlights Slater competing at Ehukai on the sandbar against Shane Garcia, Vetea David, and Rob Williams. It was the end of the waiting period, because neither Pipe nor Backdoor produced waves that day. Slater pulled off an unbelievable wave to score a perfect 10, winning his second World Surf League title despite the difficult conditions.

The influence Slater has on surfing cannot be stressed enough. He became the youngest ever world champion in 1992 at the age of 20. And in 2006 he became the oldest at 34. Besides dominating the World Surf League competitions, 51-year-old Kelly Slater is well-known for competing in the Billabong Pro Pipeline series.


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Kelly Slater is a dominant force in surfing

In the past 33 years, the Billabong Pro has been hosted in many places, including Tahiti, J-Bay, Mundaka, and Pipeline. Slater, a true devotee of the sport, never missed a single competition. Recently, he appeared on the World Surf League (WSL) 2023 circuit as a wildcard for the balance. He missed the mid-year cut, with plans to use the World Surf League standings to get into the Olympics.

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His accomplishments and perseverance are a testament to his dedication to the sport. He also helped make surfing popular all over the world, and has inspired countless surfers through the decades. As he continues to surf at the highest level, well into his 50s, his influence will continue to influence many generations.

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Divya Purohit

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Divya Purohit is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing her coverage in American sporting events. She recently found US Sports writing to be a niche that she enjoys and began following sports. Divya enjoys researching and creating various pieces of articles.

Edited By: Purva Jain