Stab Magazine | Kelly Slater's guide to staying forever yung
1575 Views

Kelly Slater’s guide to staying forever yung

Words by Ali Klinkenberg Mankind has been forever obsessed with immortality. The Fountain of youth, the holy grail, the philosopher’s stone, the indomitable Gauls in the adventures of Asterix and Obelix. And the question that we really have to ask is: did Kelly Slater, like Obelix, fall into the cauldron of magic potion when he […]

style // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Words by Ali Klinkenberg

Mankind has been forever obsessed with immortality. The Fountain of youth, the holy grail, the philosopher’s stone, the indomitable Gauls in the adventures of Asterix and Obelix. And the question that we really have to ask is: did Kelly Slater, like Obelix, fall into the cauldron of magic potion when he was a baby? Mr Slater’s 43 years old, and yet his vitality and lust for competition and innovation is unparalleled. How is it that someone has stayed so relevant for so long? Is it some freak of nature, comets colliding miracle? No, it’s far more deliberate than that. Mr Slater has carefully curated a formula for staying young, sprightly, and, happy! Here’s the ingredients to Mr Slaters secret brew:

Kelly_Slide_1

The mind. Spirituality’s a dirty word in many circles. Unless, of course, it’s late and certain arrangements have been made to facilitate the watching of stars and the loosening of tongues. But Mr Slater truly believes that it is in art as it is in life. “Your results are what happen after you make choices,” said an insightful Mr Slater after his painful loss to the Italian Ferrari in the Fiji Pro. “And I feel like I haven’t been making the best choices. There’s a lot of things in my life that I need to work on, and sometimes I think that surfing’s an indicator, that there’s a spiritual message you can get from the things that you do. The results haven’t come, and when you’re clear-headed and decisive things just seem to fall into place. You’ve got to get your head right. In everything in life.” Here ends the first reading.

kelly chia

He’ll take you to the chia shop…

The Diet. Imagine waking up feeling loose, limber, slim, flexible and non-hungover every single day of your life. Kelly Slater’s been alive for 15,822 days, and, bets are that he’s probably been feeling more or less fabulous for 15,800 of them. It leaves so much time for activities.

b90a0f5e964bf4a96932f744616c6530

We’re just friends.

The Women. Mr Slater, much in the style of Mr Bond, is living proof that playing the field is good for a man. Pam, Gisele, Bar, Cam, the list goes on. But, the trick is to get it out of your system when you’re young, and then settle down with a more modest gal with a pearly smile later. You know that glamour that you’ve never forgotten? She’s likely living in a trailer full of little bastards, addicted to paint thinners. Girl next door’s the go. How does Mr Slater sleep at night? With a glistening dome full of enviable memories.

kelly biz

Paintball rules.

The Risk. Mr Slater’s a gambling man. Not the sort that rolls dice and counts to 21 over and over in his head, but the kind who likes to invest his pesos in a start up. K-grip, Komunity, VSTR, The Chia Co, Purps, GoPro, and the soon to be Outerknown. Looking back and thinking, “I should’ve tried my own thing,” is something that Kelly’s in no danger of.

Kelly_Slaters_Pro_Surfer_jpg

cheats

The Technology. The great Stephen Fry looks at technology like a mirror, “If an idiot looks in, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.” Undoubtedly one of the keys to Kelly’s longevity is his ability and willingness to adapt. Whether it be his incessant exploration of surfboard design, or his constant striving to improve his own surfing, or, something as seemingly simple as adopting the new age role of the celebrity in social media. Kelly was one of the first in the surf realm to open himself up to his fans, and, aren’t we all (the great man included) the richer for it.

kelly golf

The Fun! “You can’t raise boys to be scared of life,” says Royal Tenenbaum. “You’ve got to breed some recklessness into them. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guy’s window, about taking it out and chopping it up.” Perhaps the most potent spice in Mr Slater’s broth is his insatiable appetite for fun. Being good at stuff is really fun, I’d imagine. Surfing, golfing, terrorising the media, Kelly’s good at all of it. The great playwright, composer, director, everything, Noël Coward, maintained that the secret to his prolificacy and longevity was that for him, “Work is more fun, than fun.” If there’s an ode to Mr Robert Kelly Slater’s secret powers, it may well be thus. No man has more fun.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 3 

Nike has entered the chat.

Oct 5, 2022

Unlocked: Leonardo Fioravanti’s Stab Edit Of The Year Entry 

Watch 'The Cut' now, and baffle at the quality of both the waves and the…

Oct 4, 2022

The Pro Surfer Who Filmed A War Documentary In Ukraine

Damien Castera's got a story to tell.

Oct 4, 2022

Honest Review(s): O’Neill Hyperfreak Fire

Pushing the Limits of Wetsuit Tech for Men & Women

Oct 3, 2022

How Much Would You Pay For A Session Like This?

A cost-per-vision breakdown of Kian Martin and Tai Buddha's latest strike mission.

Oct 2, 2022

Ongoing Dialogue: Jack Freestone And Album’s Matt Parker On How They Get Sparks To Fly

"Nowadays, a standard thruster feels pretty alt to me." -Jack

Oct 2, 2022

Davo’s Death Strikes At Surfing’s Core

The underground icon battled demons til the end. His untimely demise is yet another cautionary…

Oct 1, 2022

Macaroni in the Pot

Jaleesa Vincent and 200 Lefts in the Mentawais

Oct 1, 2022

Introducing A Brand New Travel Series (With A Familiar Name)

Watch the first New York episode of Stab & Red Bull's No Contest Off Tour.

Sep 30, 2022

Leandro Dora: Pro Surfer, Businessman, Punk Rock Festival Organizer, Spiritual Mentor, And World Title Winning Surf Coach 

Meet one of the most beloved and effective individuals in the athlete's zone.

Sep 29, 2022

12:31

You’re Gonna Click On A New Oscar Langburne Video

Style that can't be denied.

Sep 29, 2022

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022

5:07

Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022
Advertisement