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Some Opinions, with Kelly Slater

Yesterday, after winning his first round heat at the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast, Kelly Slater went for a long paddle. Rather than come in at the end of the Rainbow Bay bank where the contest was being held and walk back up to Snapper (which could easily have turned into an hour-long exercise, thanks to fans), Kelly chose to paddle back out to the point, through a whole lot of moving water, and come in at Snapper. When he got in, he was met with the usual swarm of autograph-hunters and media. With 20 personal recording devices pointed a little too closely at his face, Kelly lit up on the tour, his recent interview about performance-enhancing drugs, and Dane Reynolds. He was lucid and intriguing. If you’re like us, you’ll be interested in everything he said. So, here it is. All of it.

Photos: ASP/Kirstin (portraits), ASP/Carey (action)

On keeping up on tour: It’s spread out to a point where guys are older. The average age on tour has gone up and I don’t see why guys should get worse as they get older. Maybe at a certain point, like by the time you’re 50 and you start having chronic injuries, that’s gonna hold you back. But also it’s a mental thing. There’s a lot to keeping your mind open. You have to really get into the changes. When you’re not looking ahead to guys older than you anymore, you’re looking to guys younger than you for inspiration. You have to be open to that dynamic.

On competing against Dane: I’m just trying to hold on against Dane. He hasn’t beaten me and that’s only because I end up getting the better waves. I think that proves that it doesn’t come down to surfing, ’cause Dane’s pretty much everybody’s favourite surfer. Heats are a different thing, there’s technical things, and to be honest I don’t think Dane wants it for the same reason that people do, competitively. He likes to perform and that’s the beauty of Dane. It’s not his contest results, it’s the beauty of his expression. I love surfing against him, I wish I could surf against him at every event. But I know he’d start smashing me.

On Dane in general: Dane’s awesome for surfing. He’s such a unique individual. He just moves to the beat of his own drum. As far as I see, I don’t see him being influenced by anything other than things he loves. Which is really cool. So many times in sport things get pasteurised down to a norm and Dane’s an anomaly and an outlier. He’s a guy who’s pretty much every good surfer in the world’s favourite surfer and he doesn’t view the importance of competition the way that other people do. It opens people’s minds to other things.

On the new gen: Um, they’re amazing. Y’know, the base to their surfing is much more radical than guys my age. We were all learning from the older guys and the most radical thing to us was Pottz doing airs. He didn’t make a lot of airs,  but he was always getting up high. Now, it’s airs, rotations, grabs, flips, and that’s what all these kids are looking to day in, day out. That’s the standard. You’ve gotta be able to start landing flips and full rotations and any kinda grab. You’ve gotta be able to do any kinda grab now, frontside or backside, to really stick with that level.

On the Courier Mail drug-use article: Let him (journalist Greg Stolz) explain it to you. ‘Cause there was a lot of things taken out of context. And I’ll take it up with Greg. But there were some things slightly out of context to create a point that he wanted to make. I did say that surfing’s just a microcosm of culture and society, and there’s drug problems in society, and there are in surfing as well, but it’s not any different to anything else in the world. Surfers are just people and I’ve seen surfers in recent years come clean and open about having used drugs. But it’s no greater or lesser than in any other culture. I just think it’s people. I think they’re private matters. I wanna say that I think Greg was trying to talk about performance-enhancing drugs, but surfing’s probably the cleanest sport that I know. I don’t know of anyone having used anything as a performance-enhancing drug, and I’d actually be really surprised if there was.

On surfers being tested outside of competition: Should I come to your house and test you? I mean these are people, these are lives, y’know? Those are private matters for people. I don’t think that anyone has the right to go and intrude on someone’s life, unasked.

On Answering more drug-use questions: I’m just gonna stand here and get bombarded with drug questions and it’s just silly, we’re here to surf and I live a clean life, and I have my own opinions but I don’t really care to share them with everybody.

On ZoSea, and retirement: Next year will be a really interesting, exciting year. I’d like the opportunity to stick around if I want to. Get a few results this year and requalify. There’s gonna be much better presentation of surfing and much broader things.

On having an amazing year and losing: It’s a little bit tough, I mean, that’s just part of life, I think I’m mature enough now to just enjoy what comes with it. If there wasn’t heartbreak there’d be no glory. They come together and somebody’s gonna experience one and somebody’s gonna experience the other. If being part of that mix makes it good for the other guy, that’s good with me.

On fulfilment: I don’t always like the pressure of the competition, like, “three minutes to go and you need an 8.30,” and there’s no waves. It’s so stressful and I actually hate that feeling. But the payoff for putting in your time and paying your dues…

Sizzle like this gave Kelly a slingshot round one to round three.

  • L

    “Those are private matters”. Enough said.

    I’d have paddles down to Fingal.

  • Pamela A. & Giselle

    The King always putting it in perspective – good stuff. Thanks for posting.

  • jayyyyy

    kelly is my romodel.

  • mr. jinstien

    What a boss

  • Yoda

    Good stuff from the greatest surfer of all time.

  • having fun, we all win

    that was fun

  • John

    Honestly, he couldn’t have tried to get them to stop asking about PED’s fast enough. He’s the greatest competitive surfer of all time no doubt. If surfing wasn’t so behind the eight ball compared to other competitive sports, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he was using PED’s of some sort. And really who gives a shit, if your healthy which he clearly is and is dominating into his early forties, who cares. We watch to be entertained, thats all.

    • blah

      i dont think dane competes for exposure… hes got it all already…

    • injustice hater

      There should be two world tours. Same events. Same waves. One is with clean athletes, drug tests everyday for any kind of substance. And the other tour all freedom. Use anything, do whatever. It would be nice to see the difference between them.
      Kelly is right. Either you test everybody (or anybody) at every event, or you don’t test anyone. They grabbed neco by the neck and that still is the biggest injustice ever in pro surfing. Maybe this greg stolz should go and ask neco a few questions, neco already said he’ll open his mouth someday…

  • bruno

    Why talk so much about Dane? Dane this, Dane that, it´s getting tiring…

    • Daned out

      Yeah fuck Dane doesn’t like competition just competing for exposure. What’s the difference.

  • jb

    “get a few results this year and qualify?” does he think he’s a chance of being knocked off tour? it used to be get a few results and win the whole damn thing, but now just requalify?

  • No ped?

    The audacity of that Armstrong fellow! Gee whiz he was just having fun!

  • Pottz

    all those acai berries he’s been snorting gotta count for something? right?

  • The Jalana

    Stab, where is the article about JJ and Taylor swift?

    • Nathan Florence

      No fuckin waaaay! JJ banged taylor swift!!!

  • Spitball

    When you enter a professional sport you have to play by a certain code of conduct and if that set of rules means no performance enhancing drugs then eventually frequent random drug testing has to be part of the requirements. Gentle men’s agreements no longer work when there is big money involved. Ironically it is Kelly’s longevity that will eventually force drug testing in the asp. After “lance dope strong ” no one can or should be trusted in any major sport. That’s just how it is. It would be interesting if kelly retired to protest drug testing when that day comes. Can’t be far off really. Kelly is clean but I’m sure there are journalists who suspect kelly is doping just because his dominance is more complete than lance armstrongs ever was. Eventually proof will be required.

    • Encunted

      Except Armstrong had accusations of doping swirling around him for years. That had nothing to do with his dominance, but with first-hand knowledge others had of his antics, which he managed to suppress with the constant threat of litigation and by eliciting sympathy from the general public and officialdom for surviving cancer. I don’t see how that requires Kelly to prove anything. Apples and oranges.

      • the gay cycling

        Right!

    • yeahguy

      yeah, not really feeling that analysis Spitter. Kelly didn’t come back from cancer and there has been zero allegations of the sort that plagued Lance for years before he finally copped to it. Kelly has been stomping guys without mercy since the 91′ lowers contest.

    • jim

      I watched Kelly dominate Joel and Fanning in that last contest, and all i could think of was Lance. His paddling, his hopping up on the ski, his surfing back to back heats. Incredible fitness. Because of Lance, Bonds, Schilling, Clemens etc. When we see the money, the longevity… and Kelly surfing better at 41 than 31, how are we not supposed to suspect. Especially when Kelly tries to say PED would not help. Are you kidding! They help in any physical endeavour. They help with speed, with recovery, with motivation. I would actually be pretty shocked if Kelly were not on PEDs

  • TH

    Well said KS… that was a good read… I cant see how PED’s can give you an edge in surfing tho.. can’t make your style any better…. As for rec drugs.. well I reckon it shouldnt be part of the sport, but what you gona do, I know its out there.

  • Money

    Kelly has shares in quiksilver, no wonder he talks up Dane

  • Anthony

    Really people? You think Kelly could possibly be doping? To what advantage? Cycling is an endurance sport where gains can be made by “doping”, adding extra RBC’s and thus, oxygen, into your tissues. Football is a power sport where HGH and steroids help build muscle. How would taking EPO, blood doping, HGH, or annibolic steroids help Kelly Slater to read a wave, time a barrel, or execute perfect technique on a carve? Unless drugs come out one day to speed up reaction time and increase flexibility PEDs don’t exist for surfing

    • idiots

      Agreed, you get a lot of retards commenting on stab. Some people have no logic

    • I’masweakaspiss

      As much as I like him, Neco got pinged for Anabolic steriods back in the ?2000’s, so PED’s have definitely existed at the top end of professional surfing. I would be exceptionally surprised if they are not used, eg for younger surfers to build muscle bulk in the off season, or for the inceased ability [with EPO] to improve aerobic fitness which is critically important if paddling back quickly after a wave in a heat is an advantage. As much as I worship KS, he’s got his head up his arse if he really thinks it’s reasonable to test for PED’s, but not in the off season. But if I were him I’d say the exact same thing. It’s easy to be honest if you hide behind a pseudonym on a comments board like this.

    • bender

      quicker recovery time, extra paddle strength.. there are definite advantages from taking PEDS in surfing that have nothing to do with style or technique. If you can paddle harder than your opponent and score priority, or get an extra wave or 2 per heat, get out the back quicker etc i would say that is performance enhancing.

      • N

        Yeah, but paddling faster aint gunna help Guilherme Herde make a comeback. Aint no good catching more waves if you surf like a donkey.

  • Iluvdane

    I’d like Reynolds to post fashion pics of himself in speedo, a pic a day, like momjohn and the sisters with a butt.

  • Just Sayin’…..

    Those brazilian kids sure do grow and bulk up fast, don’t they?

    • Just sayin

      Yeah, like F. Toledo, right? That kid is huge! What a fuckin idiot you are.

  • Yep

    I am pretty sure Slater was talking about pot/coke when he meant doping in surfing…like after a victory or at industry parties. Won’t do shit for your surfing however. In fact he says it in the bit above, was just some journo looking to start some shit…

  • p.e.d.s? test em all…

    any everyday surfer who has spent just a few weeks out of the water knows how important paddle strength is.. long waves destroy your legs too… hasnt kelly written articles about it?

  • Test the zillas

    Didnt Neco padaratz get done for PED’s a few years back , didn’t he win like 3 comps in a row when alarm bells went off? I think they sure helped him as he normally was a pretty average pro . De Souza seems like he’s on them I reckon.

    • Test the haters

      Let’s test your genes for hereditary gayness. I’m pretty sure it will come out as positive.

    • Test the aussies

      Let’s test the aussies. There’s not going to be any of you fuckers left, game over. Bunch of coke heads.

    • Yep

      Apparently he was taking steroids or something for chronic back pain, he said he couldnt surf without the aid of them and that he had to in order to keep his career/put food on the table…fair play

  • Smac

    The only reported case of peds in surfing was neco getting caught for steroids attempting to quicken up a come back from back injury in ’05… Probably the only time they would actually be of significant help

  • corpo

    Drug testing should occur, before and after an event.
    Liability reasons.

  • assss

    coke is too expensive in oz. all the brazzo’s, euros and yanks are on it, legit

    • Drug dealer

      You are misinformed.

      • Legalise

        Definitely not misinformed re the price of blow in Oz. Shit is ridiculously overpriced, and sending me broke.

  • hype believer

    No one is taking drugs.
    Surfers are athletes.
    Andy died of natural causes.
    The surf industry offers low prices on its wares.
    ASP judging is never flawed.
    Its all about going out there and having fun.
    I surf because…

  • Surfordie

    Slater back peddling on his drug comments. Hmmm sus.
    Surfing is a fun lifestyle it’s not big industry where I get regular drug screening to make sure people don’t get killed by heavy machinery by some bloke who is high.
    Leave surfing alone nanny state do gooders, you will kill any character that surfing has\ had.

  • ks

    #GoThommo#

  • Chong

    Slater has been rubbing deer antler concentrate all over himself for years.

  • gregorson

    2013 … 12 titles ..

    slater will win snapper, bells, tahiti, fiji, and trestles

  • Spitball

    Lets see if a layday gets called because Wilkes party has left everyone too hung over and doped to surf
    Kelly needs to consider his legacy if he cares. An old guy winning multiple titles is otherwise bound to wind up with an asterisk next to his name becaues going forward you will be considered guilty until proven innocent. Its sad but it is just the way it is. he would do better to be the guy who voluntarily has PED testing to prove to the next generation that you dont need HGH or whatever to compete. PEDs have been and most likely are still being used by asp surfers. Even if its only for “injury recovery”. I’m sure that with such a short off season there is temptation. There’s all sorts of shit out there in every sport and looking at the level of fitness parko and Joel are attaining through honest hard work will lead to others taking “shortcuts”
    That’s the reality and to pretend surfing and surfers are somehow different from other athletes is just bullshit. Eventually it will do more harm than good.

    • Encunted

      Mindless speculation will do more harm than good. ‘Guilty until proven innocent’ – really?We’re going to hold athletes to a higher standard of proof than rapists, murderers and pedophiles? From whence does this presumption of guilt derive? From cycling and athletics, both of which have been swimming in EPO and male sex hormones for years? Accusations had been swirling around Lance for years: a) because he had recovered from cancer, which impugned the legitimacy of his subsequent feats; b) because he was involved in a sport in which doping is rife; and, c) because people had witnessed him do so. You don’t even have circumstantial evidence against KS, much less evidence which could give rise to a presumption of guilt, other than the fact that he is the most successful professional surfer of all time, and continues to perform at the highest level. Kelly was dominant as junior as well: perhaps he was juicing then too?

      For the record, testing doesn’t prove a damn thing, as Lance has shown, other than current testing measures can’t keep pace with pharmacology.

      Good thing you’re not a fucking judge.

  • TH

    I gota say this and I hope its not true, but Slater has been at his best for a long time, there has been multiple US athletes that have held records beyond what anybody could achieve or dream of in the past. They have all admitted and been convicted of taking PED’s. Slater falls into this category unfortunately. His longevity and achievements are pretty unbelieveable when you think about it. He is obviously an amazing surfer, but has he had any help or assistance in reaching that?

  • TH

    I gota say this and I hope its not true, but Slater has been at his best for a long time, there has been multiple US athletes that have held records beyond what anybody could achieve or dream of in the past. They have all admitted and been convicted of taking PED’s. Slater falls into this category unfortunately. His longevity and achievements are pretty unbelieveable when you think about it. He is obviously an amazing surfer, but has he had any help or assistance in reaching that?

    • jimmy

      I agree. He must be taking PEDs. Why does anyone struggle with that. Rember Lance attributing his wins to clean living? Remember people attacking the journalist who criticized Lance? Even in these commments people are critical anyone who suspects. We want to believe he ‘just rips’, he is ‘1 of a kind’, a freak of nature. If you listen to honest pro atheletes it is usually the same story; “I took em to help me recover from injury, and then the results were so incredible it was hard to stop using them.”

  • reefers

    whats bob m got to say about this ?

  • beejaymac10

    Is anyone else worried about gambling in pro surfing? If ever there was a sport that could be manipulated to produce a predetermined outcome it’s this one. Sick of hearing commentators talking this up. Luke Munners might be a good bloke but pro surfing doesn’t need the spectre of corruption thanks. :(

  • Spitball

    Saying that PEDs can’t help pro surfers is the same as saying that physical training can’t help pro surfers. It’s beyond ignorant and into the realm of clinical mental retardation. It’s unfortunate that the better slater gets, and the older he gets, the more questionable it will become. Especially since he has a history of disappearing between events, secretive training, concealing injuries, surfing fairly little between events sometimes, etc. I personally think he is clean but history will not.

  • shame

    So you tell me how Slater has very good working hips an knee,s,no matter who u are u cant tell me that his cartilage in both joints are in perfect working order at 40 years of age, so i guess like his idol Lance the truth will come out one day!

    • L

      What? 40 years old and you’re a decrepit old man? Unless you’ve been on the juice?

      If he’s been eating right for the last 20 years, stretching properly and staying off booze and everything else then there’s every chance he’s at 100%.

      Just because you’re 40 year old fat dad limps around like an old man, complaining about his joints, doesn’t mean every other 40 year old is as well. Hey, I’m 40 and I’m feeling fine.

    • supplement

      fish oil

  • hairy nuts

    its the same old interview every year with slater.. boring shit

  • Spitball

    It’s not a question of whether its possible. Of course it is and I doubt slater has cheated with PEDs. But think about it for a minute: you’ve invested your whole life into being the best surfer in history, now, do you really want that legacy to be questioned and be in doubt and have a big asterisk next to it because you didn’t bother, or actively avoided, proving that you were clean? If it was me I would make damn sure all that hard work was proven clean.

    Now, consider your a young hungry sports journalist from outside of surfing looking for a story. You notice that every other super sports champion has been proven a liar about one thing or another and that the greatest athlete of modern times is a forty year old surfer who has never been drug tested, who hides his injuries, who disappears a fair bit, who is pretty secretive in some ways, and who keeps smoking the twenty year old prodigies year after year. How is one of these guys not going to latch onto the possibility of pursuing that story?

    Now, whatever comes of it, imagine twenty years down the road. There is no way Kelly’s accomplishments stay untarnished. No way in hell. Too many other athletes of his day were guilty and he has no proof. Unless he publicly pursues it now. End of story.

    • yeahguy

      that’s bordering on being an irresponsible statement. because this guy was dominant during the steroid/hgh/balco era and he had a long career, he has to prove he’s not guilty now? if the surfers wanted more drug testing on tour because people were coming back with 20 extra pounds of muscle or some shit after the off season then they would have it. Kelly’s technique is beyond retarded. Curren could have had another four titles if he had been into it. Plus, it doesn’t hurt the ratings when he’s in the main event, and, well…

      • anonymous coward

        First time I stood by Kelly he was kinda skinny. He was rocking a blue knee brace in the water and had a bit of an injury. A year later he had a whole bunch more beef on his frame and the brace was gone.
        A highly dubious man I know who was managing a former world Champ at the time mentioned to me that Kelly had been given steroids by a doctor to rid him of that knee injury.
        I dont think that qualifies as doping but there you go.

        • Encunted

          Not all steroids confer a competitive advantage; hence not all steroids are banned substances. And kids fill out as they get older, ya know?

      • Encunted

        Actually, it’s beyond irresponsible. It’s defamation pure and simple, and STAB is publishing it on this here website.

        • truth

          internet libel
          look it up

    • Encunted

      Of course it’s possible that a journalist will pursue such a story. Doesn’t mean it have any substance or exhibit any sort of rigour. Much like your comments. Plus, there’s a body of law known as defamation which generally prevents editors from running baseless piffle like that.

      If Lance hadn’t fessed up would anybody even by talking about this shit? I doubt it.

  • JOB

    response to 51, Yeah cockhead[belly] an u surf nothing like Kelly Slater iether so for sure ur joints are okay idiot ,except for u cock that u pull way too much!

    • L

      Bluubberrrr r beellllyyyy nnnn jj dfuckin shrunupupinyuuuun fuckin nuthin slatr hhd nnn idioyt ffnnn cok nnn

      MUPPET

  • Yep

    Slater is king you’re all just jealous doubting the guy, wake the fuck up and realize this guy is a freak of nature, a 1 of a kind. Move one.

    Nobody in the sport is as healthy as Kelly, as fit as him or as focused. And you think that all comes with blabbing about it in magazines? He keeps his secrets very secret and for good reason, so everyone doesn’t else jump on the same train and beat him!

  • Matt O -Wabasso

    for sure slater is the best looking surfer of all time, I just wish he would support the Homosexual movement that is taking over surfing..

    Proud to be a homesexual SURFER !!

  • Spitball

    Surfing ability is 99% genetic. Few people really improve their underlying technique. Look at kelly at 12 years old and it is all there. Same with curren. Same with anyone else. If you or I ride Dane or parkos board we don’t surf any more like Dane or parko than we did yesterday. All my friends still surf in the same recognizable way they always have. That much is true. Kelly is a freak because he has always been a freak.
    However, I don’t make the world we live in, it just is what it is and my guess is that at some point, rightly or wrongly, kelly will come under pretty intense scrutiny regarding PEDs. I wouldn’t let that happen if it was my eleven world titles. But maybe he likes controversy or just doesn’t care or is standing on principle in this one weird aspect of privacy, who knows? Time will tell.

    • I hate spitball

      Wrong, you fool.
      Surfing ability is 100% environment.
      If JOB and JJF grew up in Kansas, we would never know about them. They would be husking corn stalks.

      • Corn husker

        Hahaha too true spitball hater. Thank God JJF didn’t grow up in Kansas. I only wish I grew up in Hawaii

      • Peso

        Truth

  • gabby

    brazzos for PED’s!

  • Darth Slater

    Kelly is so good at mind games….. he’s even managed to out fuck all of your minds too! Good for him. Bad for you losers.

  • dddddd

    ddd

  • slipstream

    The elevated level of conversation on this matter is refreshing, as it boils down to the basics: technique. The greatest athletes share one thing, and that is it. And like spitball noted, it’s genetics too, 99 percent, in surfing. When Spitball rides one of Dane’s or Parko’s boards, he surfs them the same as yesterday. With maybe the exception of tom-o, timeless

  • natural night

    Thommo did what he could and then left the tour when things started getting political. All the coke junkies and crack addicts were moving to Santa Cruz. He moved back to be with the homosexuals in Sydney.

  • Sisters Cunt

    PED’s fuck those things how about some LSD

  • injustice hater

    There should be two world tours. Same events. Same waves. One is with clean athletes, drug tests everyday for any kind of substance. And the other tour all freedom. Use anything, do whatever. It would be nice to see the difference between them.
    Kelly is right. Either you test everybody (or anybody) at every event, or you don’t test anyone. They grabbed neco by the neck and that still is the biggest injustice ever in pro surfing. Maybe this greg stolz should go and ask neco a few questions, neco already said he’ll open his mouth someday…

  • witty
  • Jesse

    the best comment on this post was about kelly’s deer antler concentrate.

  • Reno Concordia

    Comparisions of Slater with Armstrong are odious…Armstrong competed in a team environment and this required the complicity and subjegation of others in the team. Others were aware of what was going on and were eventually instrumental in exposing the lie. Surfing is an individual sport that has no real credibiblity in regard to dope testing – Gilmore herself has statedshe was not tested ONCE in the previous 12 months…..Slater position that testing ought not occur outside of competition timeframes either displays a total lack of awareness of the nature of performance enhancing drugs and how long it takes to clear them from the system…or a total wareness of these matters. Performance enhancing testing is for performance enhancing drug use that provides an unfair advantage. I’m not particularly interested in what any competitor has to say about managing the reality that use is rampant in all sports involving money – they have too much vested interest. I am interested in what the administrators say and do about it – surfing administrators appear to not do what they say they will.

  • LUCIANO

    What Kelly said… “I don’t see why guys should get worse as they get older. Maybe at a certain point, like by the time you’re 50 and you start having chronic injuries”…

    What he did mean… “You guys think I am a legend by now? Well you haven’t seen anythng! Because I will be doing this AT LEAST until I am 50 and start having chronic injuries, and I am gonna win a world title at Pipe with 2 perfect 10s at 50 years old. And then you can call me a legend”…

    What Kelly said… “When you’re not looking ahead to guys older than you anymore, you’re looking to guys younger than you for inspiration. You have to be open to that dynamic.”

    What Kelly didn’t say… “When you’re not looking ahead to guys older than you anymore [because, you know, as much as I love Curren and Occy, they got lazy and semi-fat just like everyone else], you’re [forced to] look to guys younger than you for inspiration. [The worst thing about it is that I don't get that much inspiration from those guys, because they are basically tricksters. I mean how many more airs Gabe is gonna do? I don't get to see no one doing the things that Curren did nor the things that I do!]“.

    What Kelly said… “Dane’s pretty much everybody’s favourite surfer”.

    What Kelly left unsaid… “Dane’s pretty much everybody’s favourite surfer [but definetely not mine!]“.

  • jimmy

    Fanning and Joel both look shell shocked in their losses to Kelly Watching Kelly, all i could think of was Lance. His paddling, his hopping up on the ski, his surfing back to back heats. Incredible fitness. Because of Lance, Bonds, Schilling, Clemens etc. When we see the money, the longevity… and Kelly surfing better at 41 than 31, how are we not supposed to suspect. Especially when Kelly tries to say PED would not help. Are you kidding! They help in any physical endeavour. They help with speed, with recovery, with motivation. I would actually be pretty shocked if Kelly were not on PEDs

  • Matt Bender

    Surfing is part art, part sport. If you want to test people for performance enhancing drugs, you’ll have to include LSD, cannabis, even alcohol. The truth is, taking LSD might help your air reverse much more than some “PED”. I think Kelly is right in saying that he’d be surprised if anybody used PEDs. Surfers who are really good know that getting that good took countless hours in the water and watching videos and reading magazines, working on technique, plus a lot of natural athletic and artistic inclination. I personally don’t think PEDs are relevant to surfing, for one because, for example, Rob Machado’s top turn could be called better than Pancho Sullivan’s simply because of his timing and technique. Give Rob two thunder thighs like Occy, and he might be bogging, not ripping harder than ever. Kelly isn’t some bulky guy. He’s lanky, but his unique build is fit for surfing in an uncanny way. Give him PEDs and it’s not going to do shit. Kelly has the body, the mind, the practice, and the passion to be the “freak” he is considered. The kind of muscular enhancement Kelly needs at his age to surf better is likely easier to get by doing yoga and light weight training than by risking it all by taking some PEDs.

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