JiF Posted February 7, 2022 Share Posted February 7, 2022 There is one true GOAT in the sporting world. Just one, where there is no argument, there is no debate, it's confirmed, there is a GOAT. 11-time world champion, greatest to ever do it, Kelly Slater won the Billabong PipeMasters at almost 50 years old. This guy continues to defy everything that we know about competitive surfing. It's a young man's sport, there is very small window, and the evolution of sports hasnt made it easier to have sustained success like the mainstream sports. The sport evolves as youth introduces evolution making the old school irrelevant. Surfing doesnt change its rules to accommodate for Kelly Slater. In fact, it's been made harder, much much harder to sustain success. But Kelly Slater has been able to do it for 4 decades. Surfers come, surfers go, new boards are made, new technology is invented, new names take the forefront of the surfing industry every 3 years but 1 man, 1 name, continues to defy the odds and continues to hang with kids not alive when he won his first world championship. No, this wasnt winning another world title but winning on this stage, at this wave, in this competition, at his age, is one of the greatest moments in competitive sports. If surfing had the mainstream interest of golf or Football, this accomplishment would be respected more than what we saw when Tiger won the Masters, or Phil won the US Open or Brady fraud doing whatever he did in twilight of their career because what Kelly just accomplished is 100x time more challenging. Kelly Slater is the greatest competitive athlete of all time. 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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